From cribs to college, we serve kids in foster care. 1
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3 Giving Christmas 4 Holiday meals 5 Christmas decorations 6-9 Wish list 10 Group Packages 11 Prayer requests 12 How to donate 13 About James Storehouse
Giving Christmas From cribs to college, James Storehouse supports children in foster care and those aging-out of foster care by providing resources that will ease transitions and improve living conditions. Since children in the foster care system are more susceptible to challenges such as homelessness, substance abuse, and lack of education, James Storehouse seeks to facilitate systemic change in the Ventura County by advocating on behalf of the underserved and underprivileged youth. When they succeed, we all succeed.
While this group needs our help 365 days of the year, the holiday season is especially a wonderful time to give. In this catalog you will find many different options items that we often receive as requests and other ways that we can offer support to this deserving community. As you consider giving this holiday season, we hope that you will put James Storehouse and those in foster care on your list of worthy causes.
Dinner for a foster family: $100 Dinner for a group home: $200
Lights and trees and decorations OH MY! Nothing quite sets the holiday mood like driving through the neighborhood and seeing houses lit up. But there are always a few houses that are dark and undecorated. There may be a variety of reasons why, but simply looking at the cost of decorating onesâ€™ home makes us see how some families may not be up for decorating! Between paying their bills and buying the necessities, a tree may not be at the top of their to-do list. Help us bring the holiday spirit by providing some decorations to these families!
Christmas tree & ornaments: $150.00 A one-time purchase of an artificial tree can provide holiday fun for years to come.
Miscellaneous decorations: $75.00
Sponsor a foster child! Foster youth living in group homes often lack the basic necessities that stable families provide. Your recurring monthly donation will provide birthday and holiday gifts for a child, and contribute to a larger â€œnest eggâ€? that will be given to them once they no longer have the option for communal housing.
Starter Kit - $55 When the lives of foster children are in constant upheaval, the last thing they should worry about is whether or not they can brush their teeth at night. Starters kits encompass all the basic resources a youth would need- from pajamas and blankets to deodorant and floss- in order to make their first night in a new home feel comfortable and safe.
Pack of Diapers - $30.00 Government care programs do not cover diapers, and many families cannot afford the steep price of purchasing them in bulk. Since diapers are a necessity, many under-resourced foster families have to choose between covering the cost of utilities or purchasing diapers. This gift means peace of mind for struggling families and happier, healthier babies.
Can of Formula - $20 Provide the nutrition one of our new, little members needs so that they can grow up to be a strong, healthy and dynamic agent of change in our community.
Baby crib $200.00
Car seat $75.00
Bunk bed - $460.00 Too often, siblings are separated when foster families only have resources for one child. Bunk bends ensure that families are kept together, which helps lower experiences of PTSD, anxiety and depression for children in the foster care system. This price includes the bed frame, two twin mattresses, and bedding.
Twin mattress with bedding $185
Undergarment package Girl - $40 Boy - $30
Kitchen starter pack - $55 Help foster youth make the transition to adulthood with furnishings for a new apartment! Kitchen starter kits provide the food preparation essentials that young adults need when they are living and learning on their own.
Bike, helmet, and lock - $155 Lack of adequate transportation impacts both the physical and the economic security of many youth in the Ventura County. With the gift of a bike, a child can get to school on time, secure the job they need, and enjoy the freedoms of being a youth!
Backpack & School Supplies - $50 When children are placed with new foster families, they only come with the clothes on their backs. Scrambling to find new school supplies sets children behind in school. Access to backpacks and schoolbooks help children not just get by, but thrive in school.
Bibles (in Spanish or English) 2 for $40, 4 for $75, or 6 for $110 Give the ultimate gift of Hope to a foster family. Let Spanish-speaking families in our community share in the love of Christ together with bibles in their own language!
Van - $10,000 Help us grow! A van will help us expand our reach to families in Ventura County who lack the resources to come to us!
Night at the movies for a group home! - $150.00 Provide eight foster youth with the opportunity to enjoy a fun night out! Your gift supplies movie tickets and popcorn. Let us know if you have any other ideas of fun outings we can provide for group homes!
If all you can spare this holiday season is a prayer, we’ll take it. Over 400,000 youth nationwide are in the foster care system. They need our help in more ways than clothes and toys. The very least we can do is to keep them in our thoughts and prayers as they go through this challenging journey!
“Prayer can never be done in excess” – C.H. Spurgeon
Thank you so much for choosing to help us give foster families a Christmas to remember! We cannot express how grateful we are! Here are some instructions on how to donate: Online
Go to www.jamesstorehouse.org Click on the DONATE NOW tab and enter your information Select the gift you are giving Finish and hit submit!
Write a check made out to James Storehouse In the memo line, designate Christmas 2016 followed by the specific gift Mail it to us!
If you have any items you would like to bring to our warehouse, our address is: 3541 Old Conejo Rd. #117 Newbury Park, CA 91320 We are open and accepting donations on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:00am-1:00pm
Again, thanks a million for helping this deserving community. Donations are accepted and appreciated year-round so that we may serve these families no matter the season.
About us James Storehouse is a 501(c)(3) community based non-profit. We partner with local public and private child welfare agencies. James Storehouse fulfills emergency requests to expedite safe placement of babies and children and to assist aged-out youth as they transition. We have received commendations from Los Angeles County and Ventura County recognizing our service to the foster care community. James Storehouse is inspired by the Bible verse, James 1:27, which â€œcalls us to pursue religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless by providing for and looking after orphans and widows in distress.â€? James Storehouse answers this call to serve and support children in foster care and those aged-out of foster care. James Storehouse envisions a future where community members join together to care for those left vulnerable in our society, especially children
in foster care. From cribs to college, James Storehouse supports children in foster care and those aging-out of foster care by providing resources that will ease transitions and improve living conditions. James Storehouse encourages awareness and motivates community participation in support of children in foster care. Why do we care? There are over 500,000 children in foster care. Most face unimaginable rejection, neglect, abuse and abandonment. Children in the foster care system are more susceptible to a variety of challenges such as homelessness, incarceration, teen pregnancy, substance abuse, and limited education. Annually, over 20,000 age out of the system, many without the ability or support to transition effectively into independent living. James Storehouse is committed to providing a helping hand to children and youth facing such daunting challenges.
â€œPursue religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless by providing for and looking after orphans and widows in distress.â€? James 1:27