Foster Friends: Join Us for "Winter Crafts and Apps" Event

A sprig of holly is to the right, with the words "Eat, Drink, and Be Festive" across a white background.

By: Courtney Edge-Mattos

We live a step ahead in foster care (whenever possible- we also fly by the seat of our pants a good deal of the time as plan A yields to plans B, C, D, etc). 

Though it is just November, our eyes are trained on December, a month of so many holidays, celebrations, and gatherings.

This year, we invite you, our Foster Friends of JRI, to set a festive tone for the season.  On December 7th, 2022, we will fill Home Plate Bay Street Grill to enjoy “Winter Crafts and Apps”, an in-person event for our community.  We will snack, craft, and socialize the evening away, while contributing to children and youth’s holiday season.

Three years ago, we started collecting ornaments of winter holidays.  Some are religious, most are secular.  All are loved.  Kiddos in care miss out on so many little things, and one thing we realized was that when foster families are decorating their homes for any and all holidays they honor, our kiddos do not have any items of their own to display.  It leads to further feelings of disconnect. 

We spend hours sorting through donations (both handmade and store bought, both new and old), matching sparkly/feathered/shiny baubles with the personalities and interests of our kiddos.  Each item is placed in a box on fresh, crisp tissue paper and is delivered to the child or youth in time for their celebrations.

This year, guests will join us at Home Plate.  Our staff will lead them through three crafts to create winter-themed ornaments and décor to brighten the dark days.  Each ticket will provide the guest with materials for the crafts, delicious food provided by Home Plate, soft drinks, and an opportunity to socialize with people who hope to brighten a child’s life.

As we look to the month ahead, we look forward to meeting our Foster Friends and seeing just how supportive our community is!

To purchase your tickets for this event, please visit the link.  See you soon!

Unable to make it but want to contribute?  We welcome you to purchase an ornament from our Wishlist.


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Rachel has been a part of the JRI team since January, 2000. For over 20 years, Rachel has been working in the field of human services assisting families with accessing and navigating services. Rachel received her Bachelors degree in psychology and Masters Degree in Public Administration from Bridgewater State University. She was promoted in July 2005 to Family Networks Program Director where she closely worked with the Department of Children Families for 10 years ensuring that children and families received the highest quality of individualized services ranging from community based through residential care. Rachel is very dedicated to helping the individuals she works with and is committed to improving the lives of children and families. Rachel’s passion for creative service programming inspires her in her role as JRI Service Navigator.