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BeREAL Austin: $10,000 in-kind donations in 10 months!

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[Pictured is a four-year-old BeREAL Austin resident enjoying the new loveseat generously donated by an Upbring supporter. He shares an apartment with his mom, a BeREAL participant who just finished high school and is off to Austin Community College in August.]

Since opening in September 2014, Upbring BeREAL Austin – a Supervised Independent Living program for young adults aging out of the foster care system in Central Texas – has received nearly $10,000 in furniture and household goods to furnish apartments for our BeREAL residents.

Until now, there have been very few options for young adults aging out of foster care. Many become homeless or incarcerated within the first year, and many do not graduate high school and are unable to pursue their dreams for higher education. Our goal is to change the odds for these young adults by offering support and stewardship as they transition from foster care to adulthood – these gifts are critical in transforming BeREAL apartments into welcoming, well-equipped homes for these deserving young adults.

“Our goal is for our residents to have a safe and comfortable place to call their own – the generosity of our donors makes that possible,” said Sarah Crocker, Transitional Services Program Director for BeREAL.  “Without these in-kind gifts, we would be very limited on what we could offer our residents. Because of the kindness of those who have supported BeREAL by providing furniture and household items, we have been able to completely outfit our residents’ apartments and they look wonderful.”

Crowdfunding for BeREAL Austin
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 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 towards 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.

About Upbring BeREAL

BeREAL Austin 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.

BeREAL San Antonio is now accepting applications with plans to place residents in August 2015. Learn more about BeReal San Antonio.

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