New Bern, NC, October 22, 2018
For foster care children, it’s often they go from home to home with a suitcase or bag with all of their worldly possessions. Usually, they have very little - clothes, a favorite toy and a photo or two for some of these children seeking a new home or to return safely to their family.
When Hurricane Florence struck, some foster children lost everything thing they had. The Easterseals UCP Foster Care staff in New Bern worked diligently to provide children and families with supplies and the resources they needed. In one case, a young girl didn’t have anything after the hurricane. Audrey Fisher, Easterseals UCP Foster Care Program Supervisor in New Bern, said “For a child to have lost everything coming into foster care, just to lose it all again in the storm was heartbreaking.”
So the team, with the help of supporters, collected funds to purchase new clothes, toys and bedding for the foster child. “She thought she had to pick just a few things from the pile of items, but when she found out it was all for her, her smile was priceless,” said Audrey.
In the aftermath, Trillium Health Resources and the Department of Health and Human Services have been supportive in providing resources to help foster children find stability and new homes. While the storm is over, the rebuilding of lives and services is an everyday challenge at Easterseals UCP.
Learn more about the Easterseals UCP Foster Care Program. Become a foster parent with free training, reimbursement and 24/7 support.
Even weeks after Hurricane Florence, the Easterseals UCP staff continues supporting the individuals living with disabilities and mental health challenges despite their own major personal and professional recovery process. Please give to the Hurricane Recovery Fund benefiting unselfish and committed Easterseals UCP staffers. Help us support our front line so that they can continue to serve our clients.ABOUT EASTERSEALS UCPEasterseals UCP provides meaningful and exceptional services so that children and adults living with disabilities and mental health challenges can live, learn, work and play in their communities.
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For more information contact:Kathy EdgertonEasterseals UCP Chief Communications OfficerKathy.Edgerton@eastersealsucp.com(O) 919-865-8660(C) 919-208-0621
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