This is my third Boston Marathon but my first for Plummer. I ran in 2015 and 2016 for suicide prevention, but this year I wanted to run for a charity that addresses more "upstream issues". I am a single foster mom and have been teaching in the Salem area for twelve years. Being a young foster child myself, growing up in turmoil and having to deal with those repercussions in my own mental health and relationship patterns as an adult, and working with youth for over a decade, it's easy to see the impacts of growing up without a strong healthy family behind you. Youth who spend time in foster care are more at risk than their peers to suffer from depression, attempt suicide, experience unemployment or even homelessness and struggle with attachment and raising families of their own.
As a person who has dedicated their life to cultivating healthy young people and helping them transition into successful adults, Plummer Youth Promise is close to my heart. Plummer provides not only safe homes and families, but it also takes the long view and helps develop skills foster youth will need to give them the leg up on their peers when they enter the working world and begin families of their own. With your donation, you can help Plummer provide the kinds of services that can help end the cycle of poverty and dysfunctional families- much more important than simply safe housing.