We are easing into the last weeks of summer – a time when most 17-year-olds are excited about beginning their final year of high school or are making plans to start college in the fall. For the young adults we serve through our Foster In Texas and children’s centers, it’s also a time when they begin to “age out” of the foster care system and are forced to find homes of their own.
By making a gift to our Empowering Young Adults. Building Lives. Achieving Independence. crowdfunding campaign today, you are enabling Upbring BeREAL Austin to provide 25 former foster youth the necessities they need to build a place to call home as they transition to unsupervised independent living. All goods listed in our campaign are needed the most, offered to us at wholesale pricing and come with free delivery – making crowdfunding a truly charitable ecommerce marketplace.
Crowdfunding is a new and innovative approach specifically geared toward helping nonprofits reach their goals – it also provides an opportunity for our donors to see the real needs of our programs and know exactly where your giving is going. The idea is that a bunch of small gifts – added together – can make a REAL difference.
BeREAL Austin, which opened in September 2014, is a program designed to help the more than 1,300 young adults aging out of foster care in Central Texas every year. BeREAL empowers them to become contributing and self-sufficient members of our communities, ultimately helping to break generational cycles of poverty and abuse.
Until now, there have been very few options for young adults aging out of foster care in Austin and San Antonio. Many become homeless or incarcerated within the first year, and only half graduate high school or enroll in secondary education.
Our goal is to change the odds for these young adults by offering support as they transition from foster care to adulthood.
- housing placements in apartments and host homes
- direct assistance for food, clothing, transportation and cell phones
- case management
- household setup (furniture and supplies)
- life skills development opportunities
- mentoring and permanent connections to caring adults
Learn more about BeREAL.
Thank you for being a strong supporter of the vulnerable children, families and communities Upbring serves – if you have family or friends who might be interested in supporting our work, please share our campaign with them.