Making Lives Brighter for Youth in Foster Care

Courey, Kosanda, and Zimmer, PA, (CKZ) celebrated the 2016 holiday season in a special way – asking their office building “neighbors” to join them in supporting children in foster care by donating new blankets, towels and personal care items and making a financial contributions to Kindred Family Focus foster parents and the youth in their care.

CKZ partner, Paul Zimmer, is a member of the board of directors of Kindred Family Focus and its parent organization, Nexus. The organization’s office sits just two floors above CKZ , the close proximity inspiring the “neighborhood” campaign.

Knowing that many kids arrive at a foster home with few belongings hurriedly stuffed into a trash bag, feeling unwanted and afraid, the campaign focused on collecting and filling suitcases with needed items to distribute to youth in need.

CKZ also encouraged donations to the Kindred Family Focus Kindred CARES fund which helps foster parents pay for school activities and hobbies for the kids, providing a more life-enriching experience. Kindred CARES also supports ongoing education and training for foster parents to ensure the best possible care of the youth entrusted to them.

The neighbors of 505 Waterford really stepped up to the challenge. Hundreds of items – sheets, bath items, towels, stuffed animals, winter jackets, and more - were donated to fill the suitcases. Clients and staff of CKZ also supported the effort. Together, they raised $895 for the Kindred CARES fund, which CKZ topped off with an additional $1,000 contribution.

To thank participants for their great generosity, all donors were entered into a drawing for an office pizza party hosted by CKZ and Papa John’s Minneapolis/St. Paul. Wealth Enhancement Group was the lucky winner and is scheduled to celebrate in early May!

We’d like to give a special thank you to Joanna Ehresman, Kari Polasek, Melady Dietrich and Tammy Elstad of Wealth Enhancement Group for their support and contributions to Kindred Family Focus.

“We are grateful for the participation of Wealth Enhancement Group employees and everyone who opened their hearts to children in foster care through this campaign,” said George Hendrickson, Kindred Family Focus Executive Director. “Partnerships like these provide critical support that makes a world of difference for these youth.”

Through community support just like this, Kindred Family Focus is able to brighten lives of the more than 700 children who come into their care each year. To learn how you can make a difference for youth in foster care, contact asherman@nexus-yfs.org or visit www.changingonelife.org.

Kindred Family Focus, an affiliate of Nexus, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides foster care, adoption, and community-based support services to Minnesota youth and families.


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