Giving Report May 2018

Your Donations at Work May 2018

During the first quarter of 2018, $5,356 was given to assist at-risk teens and young adults who have aged out of foster care (between 18-22 years old) in Central Florida. Details are listed below, but first we want to let you know how your donations positively impact the youth in our community and particularly the following young person:

After chronic neglect, abuse, and parental substance abuse, Daniel and his siblings were removed from their mother and split among foster homes and relatives. Daniel’s caregivers struggled with his acting out, and at ages 16 and 17 he moved among relatives and friends from night to night. He was not enrolled in school and found his support system on the Orlando streets. His mentor contacted The Faine House residential home, which took him in just after his 18th birthday. With gentle guidance and counseling, Daniel began to heal. He completed a 12-week culinary arts program and has been employed in the restaurant industry for more than nine months. He earned his driver’s license and saved money to buy his first car. We wish Daniel success as he continues to participate in weekly life skills programs, employment services, and counseling.

Update and News

WingsNet participants attending Financial Literacy Life Skills Class
WingsNet participants attending Financial Literacy Life Skills Class

Here’s specifically how funds were used January through March 2018:

  • $ 2,347.00: academic achievement
  • $ 1,460.00: life skills training
  • $ 635.00: employment skills/performance
  • $ 514.00: therapy, medical assistance
  • $ 400.00: special needs

$5,356.00: Total

We will continue to report on how YOUR donations are being used. Thank you for your confidence that Wings of Hope will continue to be good stewards of your generosity.

Individually we do make a difference. Together we change lives.

WingsNet Results

According to the National Foster Youth Institute, foster youth aging out of the system (beWe are pleased to share updated statistics showing the impact our WingsNet program makes on participants:

  • Approximately 75% of WingsNet recipients are enrolled in vocational or college studies (compared to 3% of youths leaving foster care statewide)
    80% of WingsNet recipients turning age 18 have checking/saving accounts and most maintain them as they enter adulthood
  • 90% of WingsNet recipients who received incentives for their high school diplomas or GED enroll in college or technical school
  • Less than 5% of the young adults in WingsNet drop out of college or technical school due to financial hardships
  • Approximately 25% of the young adults receiving WingsNet funding maintain employment with the SAME employer for 6 to12 months

Thank You

On behalf of the many at-risk youth you help by supporting Wings of Hope, we thank you. Individually we do make a difference. Together we change lives.

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