For The Seventh Generation matches donors of goods and services with foster
children in need in the metro Detroit area. Through our unique web application
donors can sign up to provide everything from orthodontic care to prom dresses
and from music or martial arts lessons to computers – and foster care professionals
can log the needs of the children and young adults they serve.
Our role is to match the need to the donor and to facilitate contact between the
donor and the foster care worker. From there, the magic happens that allows our
area's foster children not just to survive, but to thrive.
As part of For The Seventh Generation we now also offer two new programs to
provide for the special needs of our area's foster children – the Help Closet and Play
Play It Forward! provides free lessons and instruments
to children who might not otherwise have a chance to
enjoy the gift of making music.
This is important to me because music has always been
an important part of my life, ever since I was a child …
My dad was a janitor – my mom, a bus driver – and the
fact that there was a music program and a school-owned trombone at my school made
all the difference.
– James Harper, Play It Forward! volunteer
The Help Closet is a program in partnership with
the Samaritan Center of Detroit that allows us to
have a physical location to drop off goods like clothing,
furniture, computers, and toys – and provides a space
for foster families and children “aging out” of the system to “go shopping” with their foster
care professional to receive the things they need for free.
It's hard to find resources [for foster children and families]other than at thrift stores,
and then they have to pay. A lot of my kids don't have clothes, or their clothes don't fit
right. I think the Help Closet is a great resource!
– Heather Steele-Hill, Department of Human Services foster care worker
You Can Help a Foster Child Today!
To become a Play It Forward! volunteer or to donate an instrument or money to the
program, just follow this link.
If you are a foster care professional and want to sign up one or more clients for this
groundbreaking program, click here.
To make a donation to the Help Closet, visit our location at 11475 Shoemaker Street
in Detroit any Monday from 10 am – 2 pm. Interested in volunteering to serve at the
Help Closet? Click here to register and specify when and how you'd like to volunteer.
If you are a foster care professional and have one or more children in need of clothing,
furniture, etc., there are two things you can do:
Click this link to tell us what you need. For The Seventh Generation regularly posts
new requests on our Facebook page and will soon be reaching out via other venues
as well. and/or:
Bring your client/s to the Help Closet any Tuesday from 1-4 pm or any Friday from
10 am – 1 pm
Want to make a monetary donation to support all of For The Seventh Generation's
programs? Thank you! Just click here to be taken to our donations page.
Child Protective Services doesn't have a lot of resources to help foster families out. You
guys offer a lot of great services – all of these programs are valuable to our clients.
– Roshell George, Department of Human Services – Child Protective Services