Thanks to the generosity of St. Germaine Children’s Charity as well as individual donors, Walden Family Services has received $5000 in matching funds in a grant from The Parker Foundation.
The matching funds are an addition to a $15,000 grant benefitting Walden’s Transitional Housing Program (THP) for foster youth. THP ensures that young people transitioning from foster care to independent living are given the help and support they need to thrive.
“As they move from foster care to full independence, our young people are especially vulnerable,” said Walden CEO Teresa Stivers. “Without a safety net, former foster youth can become homeless in an instant, or victims of abuse, drug use, and an unending cycle of trauma. This matching grant will help us break that cycle and help these kids pursue education, employment, and a valuable place in our community.”
Walden Family Services deeply appreciates the support of The Parker Foundation, St. Germaine Children’s Charity, and all the individual donors who’ve contributed to Walden’s efforts to help every child succeed and thrive.
The Parker Foundation was founded on October 5, 1971 for charitable purposes leading to the betterment of life for all people of San Diego County. With a net endowment of $40 million, the Foundation has granted over $50 million since inception.
St. Germaine Children’s Charity is a California nonprofit corporation comprised of approximately 300 members committed to stopping child abuse and improving the lives of abused and neglected children in San Diego.
Solana Beach, CA—In celebration of National Foster Care Month, Executive Chef Jeffrey Strauss hosted an intimate dinner at Pamplemousse Grille on May 22, 2018 to benefit Walden Family Services. The event raised over $21,000 for Walden’s wide-ranging programs on behalf of children and youth in foster care.
22 guests were treated to an exquisite four-course menu with special wine pairings, all while learning more about Walden’s programs. “Jeffrey has been a friend to Walden for a long time, and we are extremely grateful for his generosity and ongoing support,” said Walden CEO Teresa Stivers. “His commitment to children’s causes, and to Walden’s work with foster children, is truly inspirational.”
After dinner, Haley, a former foster youth in Walden’s transitional housing program, talked about her experience in foster care. She and her older siblings entered foster care when Haley was in the fourth grade. They were extremely fortunate to be placed in one home together—something Walden works hard to accomplish every day. Now 22 and ready to graduate with an Associate’s degree in Biology, Haley credits her foster family and Walden Family Services with giving her the support she needed during her transition to young adulthood.
Notable guests included Mary Alice and Ron Brady; Micki Olin; Vicki and Chris Eddy; Arlene Lieberman; Emily and Ted Shults; Quentin and Melissa Blackford; Kristen and Steve Shea; Haida and Ali Mojdehi; John Stephens; and former foster youth, Haley, and Jennifer Bishop.