A new non-profit in our area officially opened its doors Monday.
Foster the Village in De Pere calls itself a foster closet.
The founder says they are fulfilling a need the northeast Wisconsin area previously did not have.
Brown county has 200 foster kids whom are being placed in new homes and about 100 foster families opening their homes.
If you need clothes, shoes or baby essentials, Foster the Village is the place for foster families to shop.
It’s the first of it’s kind in northeast Wisconsin.
“When I looked around the Wisconsin area, there’s a few of them, one in Madison, one in Milwaukee office and Sheboygan I believe,” says Cheri Salmon, Foster the Village president. “But there’s really nothing in the northeast Wisconsin area, so I thought we should try to get this up and running.”
The best part is items in the closet are free and the shopping experience is private.
“We want to make sure that the kids are confident in themselves when starting a new school and a new family,” says Foster the Village board member Adam Sutter.
Salmon and Sutter jump started Foster the Village after Salmon, a foster parent, realized kids sometimes enter a new home with little or nothing.
“When kids come into care they’ll with little to nothing, sometimes the clothes on their back, sometimes even those clothes they have are too small for them,” says Salmon. “So as a foster parent there’s a real need to take them shopping right away.”
All clothing and supplies donations are from the community, but they still need your help.
“Donations to the organization will go toward helping to fill in gaps, so if there’s sizes and things that we’re short on, we’ll ask for more of those from the community,” says Sutter.
Foster the Village says if anyone would like to make a clothing, supplies or monetary donation the best way to set-up a drop off time is through email.
You can contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org.