First Apartment Starter Kits

When foster children don't get reunifited with their birth family or adopted by another family, turning 18 can be very scary. They don't have a family or outside resources to fall back on. "GDS" can help make their transition to adulthood special by providing one of our young adults with a "First Apartment Starter Kit" to help them tackle the responsibilities of independent adulthood! Head to the dollar store to stock up on: cleaning supplies, dishtowels, soap, an alarm clock, laundry basket, linens, pots and pans, a calendar/planner, etc. Deliver the items anytime, or to the youth at their graduation from our Independent Living Skills Program! Contact: Rachel Samuels; Agency: Genesis II for Families Em: [masked] Phn: [masked] Impact Areas: Health & Wellness: Family Services The interests recommended for this project are: Homelessness, Poverty--The skills helpful for participation in this project are: Collection Drives Loc: Minneapolis, MN 55414 (Hennepin (Mpls))

 

Here is a link to their suggestion donation wish list.  Look under Independant Living/Family Supplies:  http://www.familywiseservices.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Wishlist-2012.pdf

Please note that outside of cribs/crib bedding, all donated items should be new.  If you have a used item you wish to donate, please send me a private message (PM) thru the group telling me what is the item and I'll run it by the organization to see if they will accept it.  If you want to participate but can't make this date/time, please PM me and we can arrange a meetup to get your items to me and I'll bring them to FamilyWise.

A little more detail on this event:  Taylor @ FamilyWise asks that we bring items for the starter kits as one big donation and they will put together the kits based on individuals needs.  They are normally open only during the week but are opening special for us @ 3pm on 5/18.  Taylor will give us a short tour of the facility and talk about the other programs and volunteer opportunities.

Location:

3036 University Avenue SE

Minneapolis, MN 55414

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  • Annette

    Thanks to all of you for making this event so wonderful. I will be posting more events for this organization and I look forward to working with all of you again!

    May 20, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thank you for organizing the event. This was my first Good Deeds event...I look forward to others as well as more events to support FamilyWise. If others are planning events with FamilyWise and need help with something, please let me know. I also contacted Taylor and am starting the application process to be a mentor. Have a great week everyone!

      May 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    It definitely was impressive.. thanks Annette for coordinating this and keep us posted on future needs... Roya & Mike

    May 19, 2013

  • Debarati S.

    Thank you Annette, this was a very impressive organization and it was great to meet you and others in person.

    May 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have a prior commitment... but this is an awesome project and would like to be involved in future ones. ;=]

    May 8, 2013

  • Roxanne Rasmussen S.

    sorry can't make it. doing coon rapids lion's project this day.

    May 8, 2013

  • Donna

    I would also be interested but not sure how this works, Do I just go to a Dollar storr and shop then we meet and put the kits together?

    April 18, 2013

    • Annette

      Donna, yes, you should print a copy of the wishlist (link above), go shopping and buy what you can afford, then we meet on 5/18 @ 3pm at the location above, drop off our items as one big contribution, have a tour of the facility, then if the group wants to we can stop somewhere for a drink or bite to eat. I look forward to meeting you!

      1 · May 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I cannot attend this date but this is something that I would like to become involved with long term. Any information would be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks
    Deb

    May 7, 2013

    • Annette

      Deb, I've added more detail to this event. Depending on the response to this opportunity, I may schedule another one or perhaps a different event with the same organization. I'll keep the group updated. Thanks for your interest!

      May 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Mike

    May 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Stacy,
    did you get a note from me addressed to Bethany?
    I accidently clicked the Done button when I was reading over my note and saw my error.
    If not, I'll send a new note to you about having the meeting at my home.
    Alice Jancsek [masked]

    May 3, 2013

  • Andy F.

    More info will follow soon. Annette is actually taking the lead on this meetup so she'll post more info soon.

    May 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    As others hae said, a litle more detail as to what is expected of us, time, money, do we shop and drop off donations or do we get involved with the kids? This is a great organization and one I may be interested in long term

    April 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I can't say yes until I know where the meeting is. please keep me informed. This is a really good idea. I do wiish it could be early in the day

    Love to meet you all

    Barb

    April 18, 2013

  • Debarati Sen changed the date and time to Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 7:00 PM

    April 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would be very interested in this if I can donate to this items in good condition that I need to get rid of anyway. This sounds like a good way to recycle or freecycle.

    January 9, 2013

  • bethany

    I'd like to help too!

    February 6, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would love to help out. I was a foster child in the same situation, I moved out pre 18 though, still I had nothing but the clothes on my back! At the age of 18 or graduation the foster child has no family, or help.... no one to turn to unless its changed and I'm sure it has'nt.

    November 30, 2011

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