The Fostering Educational Success Center is a program dedicated to engaging and supporting Roadrunners with a history of foster care. These students often require additional support in the face of emergencies for things like loss of income, housing struggles, vehicle repairs, and many other unforeseen circumstances that could be detrimental to the students’ academic success, health, and emotional well-being.
Currently, the Fostering Educational Success Center monitors requests for emergency funding from students with a history of foster care and can provide up to $300 of needs-based support per request. As you can imagine, with these ever-evolving changes to our lives due to the global COVID-19 pandemic we now face, many of our students with a history of foster care are now dealing with more emergencies – especially health concerns, loss of income, and housing displacement – and will be relying more on the Emergency Fund than ever.
To better tackle these unprecedented emergency needs and support the well-being of students with a history of foster care, most of whom do not have a traditional family lifeline to help during this crisis, the Fostering Educational Success Center has removed the $300 cap on the Emergency Fund. While we have had some very generous support of the Fostering Educational Success Emergency Fund from community partners, we anticipate these funds to deplete more quickly throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
Emergency Funds through the Fostering Educational Success Center have been used to help cover expenses due to lost wages. Additional requests have been assistance with vehicle repair, electric bills, water bills, phone bills and groceries.
One recipient of Emergency Funds said, “I had no idea this program existed. If I had never found you, I would have never wanted to reach out for the help I needed.”
We come to you, our Roadrunner family, to ask you to consider a gift to the Emergency Fund and help provide that missing lifeline to these students who may need it the most. Join the Fostering Educational Success extended family with a gift to the Emergency Fund today.