The drawings have been completed for the home. We want to give a huge thank you to PhiloWilke Partnership of Houston, Texas who donated $30,000 in architectural services! We have also received all of the flooring materials: carpet, tile, and hardwood. We also want to give a huge thank you to Northside Christian Church for their generous donation of $25,000! This definitely helps in the launching of Hope's Path and we greatly appreciate the donation.
We are waiting on the approval from the water engineer which will be the last component remaining before the beginning of construction. Based upon the recommendations from the water engineer, build out will begin immediately with the priority starting on the water, septic, and fire code requirements. We have been told by the general contractor that the entire project will take approximately 90 days to complete.
While we are in the exciting and final construction phase, we are finalizing our volunteer program. If you are interested in being a part of Hope's Path in any volunteer capacity, please go to: https://hopespath.org/volunteer/. Applications for client admission will be available at hopespath.org soon!
We have divided up the needs of the house into specific registries for small groups, churches, and families' contributions. Hope's Path wants to be inclusive with AS MUCH of the church as possible! If you are interested in being a part of this, please take a look at one of these registries.
Home Depot - Visit any Home Depot customer service desk and mention the event number 508-327090 to get a printout of the registry needs.
Target - Visit the links below for specific needs to the rooms of the house.
"Time is flying by and we are getting ever closer to the opening of the Hope’s Path Home with a goal of having our first seven young men! We will begin taking applications for young men between the ages of 18-25 online next month. We are currently only accepting young men in our program who have been a part of the Texas foster care system. Successful candidates should be highly motivated to work towards their goals and achieve an independent lifestyle with the guidance of supportive staff and community volunteers. As a part of the program the young men from various backgrounds will participate in a two-week orientation program. After orientation, the young men will begin six weeks of intensive life skills classes and assessments and work with staff and volunteers on developing a personal life transition plan that will guide their time at Hope’s Path.
We are currently meeting with local agencies and churches that are invested to help us make Hope's Path a success for our community! If you know a young adult who would be a good candidate for our program please refer them to the Hope’s Path website at www.hopespath.org.
God is good, all the time!"
Ways and Means Passes Bipartisan Bill to Help Children in Foster Care
WASHINGTON, D.C. – This bipartisan bill will require states to implement the National Electronic Interstate Compact Enterprise, a system that will reduce the amount of time it takes to place foster children in an environment best suited for them.
“While their bill takes many important steps to modernize the antiquated system used throughout our country, the most important thing that it does is help foster children be placed in better homes sooner. This is a noble goal and an excellent bill. I am so grateful for [Reps. Young and Davis’] commitment to helping children and their families.”
The Foster Care Alumni Association (FCAA) chapter of Texas is a group of alumni who have been in the foster care system and allies who are individuals that were not in the foster care system but have chosen to get involved. FCAA is a nonprofit on both the state and national level and operate with only volunteers.
FCAA is a great connection for all of its members and is a group that operates more like a family. They are there for each other when in need and many of the older, successful members develop a mentoring relationship to the younger members who may be still looking to establish their lives: needing jobs, opportunities, etc.
FCAA is involved in writing new policy to improve child welfare in state and national law to improve the support for those in aftercare following aging out of the foster care system. They also testify at hearings in Austin, Texas on behalf of the improvements they see as needed in the foster care system.
The Foster Care Alumni Association will be having their reunion and fundraiser event on May 21, 2016 at Zube Park in Hockley, Texas. This event will provide resource tables with many opportunities for members. The walk will benefit FCAA's continued efforts at bettering the foster care system in writing policy. For more information and volunteer opportunities, contact Dr. Vivian Dorsett via email: Dorsett.email@example.com or by phone at 903.217.9308.
Sam Houston State University - FORWARD Program
The FORWARD program at Sam Houston State University is a great support center specifically for students who are former foster youth, orphans, wards of the court, or homeless students. Currently, there are 155 students enrolled at the university and part of this program and this semester, ten will graduate.
May is National Foster Care and Foster Parent Appreciation Month.
Saturday, May 21- Zube Park in Hockley, Texas - Foster Care Alumni Association Reunion and Walk - We will be assisting FCAA in their annual fundraising event. We will bring resource tables with information about all of the options that are available and volunteer where needed.