Hope 4 One Ministries, a new nonprofit organization which helps families fostering or adopting children, has officially opened its “foster closet.” The organization’s staff and supporters …
Hope 4 One Ministries, a new nonprofit organization which helps families fostering or adopting children, has officially opened its “foster closet.”
The organization’s staff and supporters were joined by the Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce as they hosted a ribbon cutting recently.
The space, which will provide foster parents free clothing and supplies for the children in their care, is located at 5555 North Lee Highway, Suite 5.
“It feels great to see everyone here learning about what we do,” said Lauren Haun, cofounder of Hope 4 One. “We are very excited.”
Hope 4 One Ministries is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit which helps foster and adoptive families by providing information and support and helping meet material needs.
It is not uncommon for children in foster care to arrive at a new foster home with little more than what they have on their backs. This means foster parents often must scramble to find the children clothing, as well as any additional supplies they might need.
Anyone receiving a new foster care placement can now contact Hope 4 One to receive a week’s worth of clothes for each child. The closet is also stocked with supplies such as diapers and carseats which are given away as supplies allow.
“They’re unique and providing a service for an unmet need in the community,” said Bernadette Douglas. “We’re excited for them.”
Hope 4 One’s efforts are being supported by community volunteers and donors. Its leaders say they are thankful to have gotten off to a good start and hope the community will continue to embrace the cause.
Volunteers are needed to help with everything from sorting clothing donations to assisting foster families as they search for items they need.
Donations of clothes and other childcare necessities are also needed. Haun said the biggest need right now is clothing for teenagers up through age 18, which can include adult sizes.
The organization is in the process of developing a schedule for when in-kind donations can be accepted. For more information on donating or volunteering, visit www.hope4oneministries.org.
“We would love to have anyone who would like to help,” said Haun. “There is a real need for this, and we are doing what we can to help meet that need.”
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