If you know me, you know that my house is filled to bursting with small people who have been brought into my life through a variety of circumstances. All of them entered my home as "foster children". I have been blessed to adopt three of these little ones and I am privileged to be family for the other two for as long as I am lucky enough to have them.
For me, running for the Plummer Home is a way to help foster children who I will not be able to welcome into my own home. It allows me to reach more children and hopefully help them experience love and safety.
Thank you for supporting me in my run, but most importantly thank you for supporting the kids that need our help! Each step that I take as I train and as I run in April is dedicated to to all the kids out there who need the love and permanancy that The Plummer House seeks to provide! Running is hard, but it is nothing at all in comparison to the difficulties that many foster children face today. I am running for solutions for these kids!
PLUMMER HOME FOR BOYS wrote -
Plummer Home serves young men and women who have been bouncing around the foster care system for years, or who are at risk of entering the system. We find them families, teach them skills and connect them with community.
Founded in 1855, the mission of Plummer Home is to provide adolescents innovative support and services, in a safe and nurturing environment, to build the relationships and skills necessary for successful adulthood.
Why we do it
Because annually, more than 23,000 youth who have been living in group care or foster care leave the child welfare system with no permanent family.
By age 24:
- Almost 4 in 10 will experience homelessness
- More than half will be unemployed
- 2/3 of the girls will become pregnant
How we do it
Our holistic Model of Care is focused on:
- Finding kids permanent families
- Preparing kids with skills, and
- Connecting them with their communities
Where we do it
- Group Home for 12 boys between 13 and 18 years old.
- Supported Apartment for young men ages 16–22. On same premises as Group Home.
- Community-based 1-bedroom apartments for young men or women who turned 18 while in group care or foster care.
- Foster Care for girls and boys birth to age 22, though we prefer to work with older youth.
- On Point Teen Resource Center for youth at risk of being removed from their families for having minor brushes with the law. Also serves neighborhood youth.
Learn more at: www.plummerhome.org