–Samantha, age 13
The founders of Hope in a Suitcase, realize that kids in this situation need to have something that feels familiar gave them an idea. What if every foster kid had their own suitcase for toiletries, clothing and comfort items such as a favorite toy? For a child going through a chaotic family crisis, having something they can call their own close at hand can make all the difference. The family they are going to would also appreciate anything that could make the emotional transition easier.
–Sean Sparks, APSS/RSS Program Coordinator
What Hope in a Suitcase Does for Children in Foster Care:
1) Delivers fully-packed and personalized size, age and gender specific bags when a foster care agency partner alerts us that a child has been placed with a foster care family.
2) Stocks on-site closets at entry-point emergency response facilities so staff can focus on comforting and settling newly arrived children rather than scrambling for basic clothing essentials and comfort items
3) Organizes Shopping Days with social workers and CASAs for their highest need tweens and teens with active DCFS cases. “The Emporium: Foster Resource and Literary Center,” is run in partnership and shared with The Book Foundation and Foster Care Counts.
Each care package consists of:
New roller suitcase or duffel bag
New Comfortable change of clothes
New Blanket, Stuffed Animal or other comfort item
A journal and/or a book (thanks to Make Good, Inc. / The Book Foundation!)
Toiletry kit (toothbrush, toothpaste, brush / comb, deodorant, etc.)
A handwritten note of support
— Eufe de la Torre, Co-Founder