Grosse Pointe Farms Church Comes Through for Foster Teens

Large Donation of Designer Clothing and Accessories Supports Our Spring/Summer Foster Teen Clothing Drive

When Mary Snell read about our Spring/Summer Foster Teen Clothing Drive in Metro Parent Magazine, she and her congregation began collecting spring and summer clothing for Detroit-area foster teens.

Shirley Roseman and Mary Snell
Shirley Roseman and Mary Snell at the Help Closet May 20, 2014

On Tuesday, May 20, Mary — who serves as the Minister of Family Life at St. James — delivered several bags of donated items to our Help Closet, just in time for a few foster parents to come in and “shop” for their teens.

Mary and her congregation made sure that “our” teens in foster care will be able to enjoy the spring and summer in style with gently-used clothing and accessories from designers including Nike, Forever 21, Ralph Lauren, Steve Madden, and Coach.                    5.22.14 St. James Donation included new and designer labels

“Michigan’s Department of Human Services can only provide foster parents with a very small yearly budget for clothing and shoes for teens — hardly enough for them to be able to purchase the kind of nice clothes that help foster teens fit in with their peers,” explained Help Closet Coordinator Shirley Roseman. “By stepping up and providing such high-quality clothes — and remembering those all-important accessories and shoes — St. James has made a huge difference for the teens in foster care (and those aging out of the system) that we serve.”

Foster parents Zina and Elizabeth admire the St. James donation
Foster parents Zina and Elizabeth admire the St. James donation

Thank you, St. James, and all of the other donors who are making it possible for metro Detroit’s foster teens to step out in style this spring and summer!

Our Spring/Summer Foster Teen Clothing Drive has been extended through June

If you have new/gently-used clothing, shoes and accessories that are age and size-appropriate for teens, don’t put them out in your garage sale — instead, donate them and make a foster teen’s day! To arrange your donation please contact Shirley Roseman at or register with our website.

Don’t have teens but still want to help?

For The Seventh Generation relies on monetary donations for everything from our operating expenses to making the occasional emergency purchase for metro Detroit-area foster children, families, and teens in and aging out of the foster care system. Click here to make a gift of $25, $50, or $100 (or any amount that works for you). Your gift will make a difference today, and through the seventh generation. Thank you!


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