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Tables laden with wares form a rectangle. At the center, our staff members stand wearing brightly colored, holiday-themed clothing. Ugly sweaters have found their home here, much to the delight of our young patrons.
Each table has a theme. Household items here, baby toys there, beauty products on one table, sports memorabilia on another. Young people start lining up well in advance of the opening. They clutch their tickets in eager hands and crane their
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Dear Foster Friends of JRI,
You may have thought you were just purchasing a holiday gift for a child, something to brighten their Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa celebration. You may have thought it was a simple gesture to make them feel included and to check an item off a wishlist.
I’m here to tell you, every gift was so much more.
Foster Friends, your gift reinforced a child’s right to dream. Your gift was a
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They tore around the large room. Blocks were immediately turned into missiles, beverages on tables grabbed, anything within reach grabbed. Their eyes darted around, yet they avoided eye contact at all costs. We were unknown, this place was unknown.
“Is it always like this?” I asked, breathless after chasing down my work phone which had nearly gone airborne.
“Since they arrived, yes…It’s like they’ve never been in a house before,” Foster Mom said, catching a
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Foster parents create healing homes. They walk beside children who have experienced some of the deepest wounds and help them find their way through. It takes courage, patience and love. One of our amazing families shared their story recently.
“I think I need to talk to (social worker’s name). Can you call her for me?” she asked, her eyes serious as they cleared the dishes from the table.
Foster mom recalled the immediate concern she