The Waldo Canyon fire in Colorado Springs (our home) heightened our awareness of and need for replacing books and learning tools of children lost in disasters. While parents wrestle with claims representatives over tangible family needs, it has become apparent that replacing children's losses easily drop off the radar. Then, just as we were building a plan and base of support, the problem grew exponentially following Sandy and the horrific destruction wrought by that catastrophy. As a result of these disasters, we have raised the opportunity to touch not just foster children, but children of immense demographic and geographic diversity.
So far, we have been able to partner with several agencies and schools to replace materials for seventeen families. One side benefit is the ability to identify children who also need academic coaching and find ways to meet those needs through customized programs. With increased awareness of the issues, doors are being opened with potential corporate sponsors and we are agressively pursuing those opportunities.
At the same time, cries have gone out about the desparate need for more foster parents and we are hoping to assist agencies who are seeking families for many of these kids. Our internet model of coaching has been tested and proven capable of working with these students, but we have also been challenged with some critical legal and marketing issues surrounding the protection confidentiality of the students who might participate. While these matters are under review, we will continue our local school based program on a limited basis.
Thank you in advance for your support and encouragement.