Times are even more turbulent for foster youth today (there are 769 youth currently in the Contra Costa Foster Care System.). Many are students and with colleges closed, housing has become a problem and low income jobs are no longer available.
A huge challenge for foster youth is having a place to live. This has resulted in more youth being homeless or moving around to find shelter.
UPDATE a/o March 11, 2021
20 of the 50 back packs have been delivered to the Staff at ILSP.
We were able to move forward on this project rapidly thanks to a generous donation from the estate of Claire Mann, longtime active UMW member. The UMW Leadership Team has also graciously donated the items not covered by the donation and many thanks are given for their efforts.
ILSP Staff will provide the back packs to youth as they are needed. We have another 37 back packs ready to go and will stay in contact with ILSP to determine how soon they will be needed.
We are in the process of costing out the individual items as well as the total "loaded" back pack. Once this is done, the information will be posted here and appear in the Walnut Creek UMC newsletter, Walnut Leaves. This will help everyone know where they will be able to pitch in on the project. The contents listed below are shown in the categories used to pack the zip lock bags for ease in retrieval from the back packs.
Please watch this site for more information. Back Pack