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Organization Details

Programs

Description
The Fostering Hope Co-op closet is our newest local endeavor. We currently meet the needs of local families who contact us through our website and by word of mouth, by collecting needed items for their foster placements.

Little Joey has lived in his bio mother's car off and on for the last couple years, sometimes hungry, cold and unable to get to school. When he received a new backpack from X Hope after placement with his auntie, he called us to say thanks. He said, "I've never had a backpack of my very own, my mom always carried her things in it and it always got stolen."

Our dream for a community closet is to continue to meet the needs of children just like Joey.

Short Term Objectives:
• Storage location to keep clothes and baby items for families who receive placements or adoptive children
• By-appointment visits for families / children to select needed items from inventory
• Drop off days for donations
• Sorting / community days for inventory

Long Term Objectives:
• X Hope offices onsite to welcome guests for community closet
• Visitation room onsite for foster care reunification visits

Once fully implemented, the Fostering Hope Resource Program will provide an array of services to foster and adoptive families, as well as biological and kinship families in the reunification process and students in the foster care system who are aging out at 18 years of age. Initially, a community clothes closet will be made available to provide the immediate needs of
clothing, toiletry and hygiene products, and baby items such as car seats, cribs, and baby toys for foster and adoptive families. Services that will be added at a later date include an onsite visitation room for foster care reunification meetings, resource library, and "market place" for household items for reunification families and those foster care youth aging out of the
system.

Budget
$10,000
Program Successes
We are still looking for donors to invest in a facility or provide a large enough office space to set-up the closet, as well as monthly monetary donors. As of now, we are working out of a storage shed and this makes meeting needs very difficult. We have been able to provide for multiple families this year but have turned away many donations due to lack of space. Our diaper bags and backpacks are stocked, but creating the duffle bags and additional supplies can only be done with a larger facility and donations.

The benefits of the Fostering Hope Resource Program will be extensive. The beneficiaries will be our local foster care and adoptive families and children, who will be provided with items that are immediate needs. These range from clothing and bed linens, to car seats and toiletries. It is not uncommon for a foster family to have a child placed in their care who comes with nothing more than the clothes on his/her back. School supplies, shoes, jackets - all are needed immediately and the costs to purchase new are prohibitive to many families who have a desire to provide a home for our youth in need.
Description
Not having the resources to participate in senior year experiences is yet another way in which foster youth feel "different." Will you help provide a way for these youth to participate with their peers and celebrate graduation? Give the gift of a Senior Experience.
Budget
$5,000
Program Successes
In our first year of implementing this program, we are excited to be able to award all 12 applicants the gift of their first two Senior Experience wishes. With continued supprt from Sponsorships and Donors, we hope to grow this program and make even more Senior Year Experiences memorable for those less fortunate youth.

*Luis had been in and out of foster homes from the age of 9 until his senior year in high school. As an organization, xHope provides scholarships to students just like Luis, which is why we read his essay titled "How foster care has changed my life." We realized rather quickly how many students just like Luis do not get to "experience" the celebrations offered their senior year in high school. He wrote, "foster care has helped me to become strong, I am always different not because I want to be, but because I do not have the same options as other kids. I am very different." After reading more into his essay our scholarship committee began to dream about this "Sponsor a Senior" program. What if we could gather families and businesses who would want to send these seniors on their senior trip? Purchase their cap and gown? Make sure they are gifted with a yearbook? Pay for senior portraits? We imagined this being true for every foster/adopt child in Sacramento County and we need your help to make it possible. Our "Sponsor a Senior" program will allow seniors to apply through xHope. They will be required to turn in an application and letter of recommendation from their school counselor or social worker. We will be gifting senior activities and experiences to foster/adopt students like Luis who desire to participate but can't afford to do so. Would you Sponsor a Senior annually?

*name changed for privacy
Description
We partnered with the Elk Grove Regional Scholarship Foundation to offer scholarships to children either currently in the Sacramento County Foster system, or children who have been adopted out of the foster care system.
Budget
$1,000
Program Successes
Anika was the recipient of our very first Caring for Kids scholarship in 2018 and is currently attending Cosumnes River College in Sacramento.

This year's xHope Scholarship recipient will be announced in May.
Description
The Evening of Hope benefit dinner is a night of celebration and collaboration to raise awareness and funding for xHope, Inc. The entertainment, guest speakers, silent auction and dinner are a perfect way to gather friends around a cause that empowers at-risk youth.
Budget
$12,000
Program Successes
- Our last Evening of Hope event featuring David Garibaldi and Patrick Mulondo was our most impactful event ever!
- We enjoyed personal testimony from our very own Patrick Mulondo and were able to see David perform live. His paintings were auctioned off and a percentage was given back to xHope.
- This event allowed us to partner with several more schools, providing backpacks and scholarships, as well as expanded our international land development.

Description
Caring for Kids Infant Kits:
This is an ongoing local drive to collect baby items for emergency placed foster children. Our hope is to be a source of encouragement to the families available for new babies in emergency situations. Our kits include all of the needed baby essentials, making it possible for foster families to pick-up their child and go home to nurture and love the baby.

Caring for Kids Elementary Kits:
Our backpack drive and school supply drive is created to provide local foster children with needed school supplies. Foster children are invited to our Caring for Kids Run and gifted a backpack filed with school supplies and free race admission.
Budget
$5,000
Program Successes
This year we made a huge impact:
- Sacramento Receiving Home, Grace City Center Sacramento, Methodist Hospital and Mercy San Juan Hospital currently distribute our Caring for Kids Kits to every emergency foster parent when they receive their child.
- Backpacks are distributed to several local area schools and all of Elk Grove Unified School District, as well as all the foster youth that attend our Caring for Kids Run.
Description
Through events like our Caring For Kids Run, xHope provides grants to Elk Grove and Sacramento based non-profit programs who provide educational, outreach, and mentoring resources to children who are at risk. The Caring For Kids Run hopes to provide a spotlight on and voice for adoptive, foster care, and community projects that reach out to the youth of Elk Grove and Sacramento. Caring for Kids Run helps make it possible for us to provide to foster parents bags fully stocked with baby essentials. In furnishing these kits, xHope ensures caregivers have the supplies needed to help give a head start in caring for and bonding with these children. This event promotes local foster care and adoptions in our local community in Sacramento County. We network between various agencies and nonprofits engaged in foster care and adoptions.
Budget
$10,000
Program Successes
- This program is largely responsible for raising the funds needed to purchase Caring for Kids Kits for local foster care families
- Adoptions have been possible through this networking event
- Our vendor fair hosted several local businesses and agencies
- We have given scholarships and grants to families pursing adoption and connected willing families to agencies for foster care licensing in the Sacramento area