‘TIS THE SEASON: Ticket to Dream Foundation announces 2017 Grant Recipients and ways to support foster youth during the holidays

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December 06, 2017 – SEATTLE, WA -Ticket to Dream Foundation is always in the spirit of giving and even moreso this month as they have just released the winners of this year’s Dream It’s Possible grants. With 25,000 foster children between the ages of 18-21 aging out of foster care yearly, the goal of Ticket to Dream Foundation’s Dream It’s Possible program is to arm foster youth with support programs that help them graduate high school, enroll in college or vocational training, learn valuable life skills, obtain access to technology, and ensure that they have proper housing ready for their transition to independent living. These resources are made possible by the co-hosted Mattress Firm Charity Golf Classic and through generous supporters and donors.

With this goal as the foundation, Ticket to Dream is proud to support the following impactful programs from agencies across the country:

Alternative Family Services | California
Angel Reach | Texas
Bethany Christian Services | Michigan
CASA of Baltimore City | Maryland
CASA of Jefferson & Gilpin Counties | Colorado
Child Advocates of San Antonio | Texas
Cornerstones of Care | Missouri
Foster Angels of Central Texas | Texas
Foster Care to Success | Nationwide
Golden State Family Services | California
iFoster | California and Nevada
John Burton Advocates for Youth | California
Olive Crest | California
Pride Industries | California
Promises2Kids | California
San Francisco State Guardian Scholars | California
Seattle University Fostering Scholars Program | Washington
Sunrise Children Services | Kentucky
The Buckeye Ranch | Ohio
The New York Foundling | New York
The Villages of Indiana | Indiana
Together We Rise | Nationwide
Treehouse | Washington
Turning Points for Children | Pennsylvania
Uspiritus | Kentucky
Youth Villages | Tennessee

“Ticket to Dream is proud to lend our support and resources to this year’s Dream It’s Possible grantee programs. With a record setting number of applications and a robust review process we believe these resources will allow over 2,000 youth aging out of care to be surrounded with stellar support practices and initiatives that boost their chance at success and reduce the number of youth facing homelessness.” – Gina Davis, Ticket to Dream Executive Director & President

For more information on our grant recipients, please visit: http://tickettodream.org/grants/

Keeping with the spirit, Ticket to Dream is excited to announce its very necessary Holiday Season Giving opportunities. We know the holiday season brings families together but for the nation’s 400,000 foster children, this time of year can feel especially isolating. With that said, they strive to bring some magic to those children and families during this time. Some ways you can be part of the seasonal giving are through:

Ticket to Dream’s Gift of Play, which is active till December 31st, gifts a child a day of experiences to cherish; fun wonder and adventure can be given through your online donation.

Let your holiday shopping support with BEARPAW’s Boot for Boot Program. Properly-fitting shoes are essential items that boost foster kids’ self-esteem and confidence. This holiday season BEARPAW is partnering with Ticket to Dream to provide thousands of pairs of warm, comfortable and fashionable boots but we need your help! Just purchase a pair of boots at www.bearpaw.com from Nov. 24-Dec. 11, and BEARPAW will donate a pair of boots to a foster child.

Give Santa a helping hand this Christmas by donating new unwrapped toys at any Mattress Firm store by Dec. 17th and they’ll be matched with a foster child. Mattress Firm Foster Kids, a program of Ticket to Dream is looking to help thousands of foster youth across the country experience the joy of the holidays but they need your help.

For more information about holiday giving, please visit: http://tickettodream.org/holiday/

ABOUT TICKET TO DREAM FOUNDATION
The Ticket to Dream Foundation is a non-profit dedicated to providing hope and opportunity to foster children across the nation, so they can just be kids. Joining forces with local companies, communities and non-profits they work to ensure foster children have essentials like school supplies, properly fitting clothing and shoes and holiday gifts. They fund vital support services and enriching life experiences that allow foster children to heal and grow into their full potential. For more information, please visit www.tickettodream.org.

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