Updated: Jan 31, 2021
I think we can all agree that 2020 was rough. This "new normal" we've all had to live though has been anything but easy. But we learned some things about ourselves. We’ve learned we’re resilient. We’ve learned we’re adaptable. We’ve learned how to make sourdough bread…well, some of us, anyway.
Despite COVID-19, we have continued to serve, and you, the community, have been a huge part of that. With your help, we were still able to launch the following programs:
In response to COVID-19, a portal was created where foster families can request emergency tangible needs, and community members can pledge to meet those needs. Since its inception in late March, we’ve met over about 200 needs and served close to 125 foster families.
Virtual Camps - RFK2U and TRAC Reimagined
Our overnight summer camp programs for foster children, Royal Family Kids & Teen Reach Adventure Camps, pivoted from an in-person to a virtual experience. We were able to connect with our campers, share memories, have fun, and let them know they are still valuable in our eyes.
Initially meant to be an in-person gathering, these foster parent recruitment events are now held online. These casual conversations between current and prospective foster parents go a long way in helping to address the shortage of foster parents in our counties.
In the end, COVID-19 didn't stop us; it actually made us stronger! And we couldn't have done our work without your support. We are so grateful for all of you that have continued to come alongside the children and families impacted by foster care in our community with your generosity and grace.
None of what was accomplished in 2020 could've happened without your willingness to step out and step up. Thank you to every one of you.