Foster care charity in Farmington Hills needs donations
In 2013 foster Mom, Michele Austin decided to open up a foster closet in her own home, she wanted other families to have access to items that foster kids were in need of. She knew first hand that often times, kids enter the foster care system with nothing but the clothes on their back. She researched to see if there were any services available in her area, and unfortunately she didn’t find anything, so she decided to start her own, and become the Foster Closet of Michigan – Oakland County Branch. She eventually became president of the larger organization, which included many branches around the state.
The closet in Oakland County continued to grow leaps and bounds, donations came in, people all around were excited to help and happy to see the success. The foster closet eventually moved into an office building space, which allowed space for different rooms, the coat room, the shoe/boots room, the baby room, the teen room, and their sorting room, plus more! People loved donating to the closet, as they liked that their items went back to those in the local community for free! Volunteers loved knowing that their time and help made a direct positive impact on the foster families right in their own neighborhoods and cities!
As the closets began to grow, each closet decided to transition into their own 501c3 entity, and in May of 2018 Liz DeLisle, with the help of Michele opened up the Oakland County Foster Closet. Helping foster families and at risk families in Oakland County, Michigan. With a mission to foster hope, love and community one child at a time! They have a team of about 15 volunteers who run the closet.
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