Shallowater, Texas – June 8, 2017 – Upbring, one of Texas’ largest foster care and adoption service providers, will host its Seventh Annual Beer & Brats celebration at Biggin Hill Air Park in Shallowater at 5:30 p.m. today. During the event, Upbring supporters on the South Plains will celebrate Upbring programs that directly serve the Lubbock community. The South Plains Archery Club will also present Upbring with a donation benefitting Lubbock-area children served by the Upbring Foster In Texas (FIT) program.
“The Lubbock community is like a family – a family of nearly 250,000 people,” Wood Franklin, who is a member of the Upbring board and South Plains Archery Club,” said. “When our family is in need, we’re there for them. Upbring’s FIT program connects thousands of our Lubbock children with safe, loving homes. South Plains Archery Club is honored to partner with Upbring to make an impact in our neighbor’s lives.”
FIT will use the funds to help Lubbock-area foster families provide food, clothing, school supplies and medical care, as well as normal childhood experiences for the children they welcome into their homes.
In 2016, approximately 30,000 children across Texas were in foster care. The Lubbock region’s share of that number registered 1,833, up from 1,799 2015. On any given day, Upbring serves approximately 45 children through its Lubbock FIT office.
The Beer & Brats event will also provide Upbring donors in the Lubbock area the opportunity to celebrate other programs that serve the community, including Upbring Neighborhood House and
Health for Friends Clinic.
Since 1967, Neighborhood House has provided emergency assistance for food, hygiene products, prescriptions, utility assistance and other necessities to Lubbock residents. In 2016, Neighborhood House delivered nearly 8,000 services to 16,674 people representing 2,543 households.
Health for Friends Clinic provides free health care to qualifying Lubbock residents who cannot afford insurance. Approximately 1,400 people received free screenings and consultations at Health for Friends Clinic during 2016.
Upbring CEO Dr. Kurt Senske said both programs are critical in helping the nonprofit organization achieve its mission to break the cycle of child abuse.
“Strong families are the backbone of vibrant communities,” Senske said. “By walking alongside Lubbock families when they experience financial difficulties, poor health and other life stressors, we allow them to focus on building brighter futures for their children. Because of our supporters on the South Plains, we can continue to deliver these important programs to the people of Lubbock.”