Over this past winter For The Seventh Generation’s Help Closet Coordinator, Shirley Roseman, put out a call for beds and bedding for several metro Detroit-are foster children and families.
Our Help Closet is relatively new, having just opened within the past year, so we’re still building partnerships and putting ourselves on the map of potential places that make these kinds of donations. With that in mind, we were worried about how quickly we’d be able to fill the requests and make sure “our” foster kids had a comfortable place to sleep.
Moving Forward is a small company in Highland, Michigan that helps elders when it comes time to downsize their living situation. When seniors decide it’s time to move to a smaller home, an apartment, or an assisted living facility, Moving Forward takes care of everything – literally, from packing and unpacking to putting knick-knacks where they belong on the right shelves and setting clocks to the correct time.
In addition, they help seniors by disposing of anything the elders can’t or don’t want to bring to their new home – and that’s where the Park West Gallery Foundation came in. The Foundation, which focuses on young adults in foster care and transitioning out of foster care, made a pickup at Moving Forward’s warehouse – and took extra to drop off at the FTSG Help Closet.
“We literally rent a U-Haul three times a week,” to pick up donations for older foster youth, said Park West Gallery Foundation Program Director Saba Gebrai, “so it was no trouble to make a delivery to the Help Closet in addition to our usual round.” In fact, the Park West Gallery has been a long-time supporter of For The Seventh Generation, including sponsoring our yearly In Seventh Heaven fundraising event.
Moving Forward founder and owner LouAnne Audette told us that her clients are thrilled when they hear that their belongings are going directly to young people who need assistance. “They like it so much better than having us donate to the Salvation Army or other charities where people then have to pay for the items,” she explained. “This way they know they’re giving a real gift, and it makes them feel wonderful.”
Young adults in foster care and youth aging out of the foster care system need all sorts of furnishings, home appliances, and all of the little extras that most of us take for granted. While the Department of Human Services does what it can, the fact is that it can’t do very much to give these at-risk youth the kind of transition to adulthood that all young people deserve. If you can follow in the footsteps of Moving Forward, please consider making a donation of goods, services – or funds – to For The Seventh Generation today by clicking here.