Foster Care Furniture

A non-profit furniture manufacturing company
assisting disadvantaged children

 

 

Our Vision

Our vision is to develop a non-profit business that will provide enhanced public awareness about foster care and generate funding for young people in the foster care
program and other underprivileged youths. We provide:

  • Access to educational resources
  • Classroom instruction in carpentry and construction skills
  • On-the-job woodworking knowledge as trainees assist in making furniture for sale with all proceeds going to foster care and other underprivileged programs
  • Income during training. Trainees are paid $15 per hour during training
  • Tools, and opportunities they need to enhance their self-worth, live independently, and realize their full potential

Foster Care Furniture is one of three companies being developed to help the foster care program and provide homes for the unhoused.

You Can Help!
Buy Some Beautiful Furniture
and

HELP THE KIDS

The “aging-out” problem

  • In most cases foster care for children ends when the child becomes 18 years old.
  • However, the National Opinion Research Center reports that full transition to adulthood does not happen until the age of 26.
  • With no committed adult to assist them to overcome obstacles, it invites problems.
  • One in four will not graduate from high school or be able to pass their GED.
  • Fewer than 4% will earn a college degree at any point in their life.
  • 7 out of 10 girls will become pregnant before the age of 21.
  • Within a few years of leaving foster care:
    • One fourth will have endured some period of homelessness.
    • Almost two-thirds will have not maintained employment for a year.
    • Four out of ten will have become parents.
    • Not even one in five will be completely self-supporting.
    • One in four males and one in ten females will have spent time in jail.

Help Us Get Started

Go Fund Me funds and proceeds from the sale of furniture will be used to finance continued Foster Care Furniture operations. Donations will be used to hire instructors, purchase raw materials for making furniture, and other Foster Care Furniture operating expenses. Once Foster Care Furniture is established, the program should be self-sustaining, needing no outside funding, and will be able to contribute funds to other foster care programs. 

If you prefer to send a check, please mail to:

Foster Care Furniture
1816 North 12th Street
Boise, ID 83702

Foster Children are
Not Bad Kids

  • Other eighteen-year-olds are sent out into the world with the tacit understanding that they aren’t really on their own.
  • They’re as close as a phone call or text to people ready to provide counsel about how to cope with unexpected emergencies of the everyday variety.
  • When they’re playing in a game or a concert, they know they can count on someone being there to applaud them.
  • Besides their parents they have the backing of other family members and friends and even friends of the family, not to mention coaches, teachers, and clergy, all of whom provide a collective safety net.
  • The scenario is much different for as many as 25,000 foster children without the connections and supports other children take for granted.

The Solution 

  • Foster Care Furniture is a 501 C-3 non-profit corporation that has been created to  train foster care youths in carpentry and woodworking skills.  The trainees are paid to assist in manufacturing furniture that will be sold with all proceeds going to assist foster care children.

  • Foster Care Furniture works with the Department of Health and Welfare, the Idaho Department of Labor, and the U S Department of Labor, United Way, Casey Family Programs, and many other agencies to develop programs to assist Foster children transitioning into adults.

  • The furniture is made at the Maker Shop in Boise allowing the trainees to
    be associated with some of the best wood-workers in Idaho, and possibly
    the entire country, who will assist in the manufacturing the furniture.

Foster Care Furniture’s “aging-out” program

  • Instructors knowledgeable in wood working and construction train foster care youth aging-out of foster care. Trainees will also assist in building furniture for sale with all proceeds going back to the foster care program.
  • The 13-week training program will use a curriculum chosen with assistance from the Idaho Associated General Contractors and will include instruction on reading blueprints, framing, electrical, plumbing, roofing, and other skills that prepare the trainees for a better possibility of being hired into the construction industry.
  • The Idaho Department of Labor has agreed to pay the trainees $15 per hour during the training period. The Department of Health & Welfare has indicated they will provide trainees with counseling on food, housing, and educational assistance.
  • At the completion of the training, the youths are given certification they can use to enhance their possibilities of employment. They can remain in the program and help instruct the next class and build more furniture or use the certification to assist in getting a job elsewhere.

Income & Marketing

  • Foster Care Furniture has a marketing advantage because profits can be reinvested instead of taken out as owner income.  

  • Also, many people sympathize with the difficulty foster children face.  This sympathy will help build a loyal customer base for Foster Care Furniture sales with people that support and care about children and the community. 

  • Additionally, support should come in the form of  carpentry supply contributions and volunteers, reducing the cost of furniture production.

Thank You!

  • Starting in Idaho and expanding to other states, successful implementation of Foster Care Furniture can offer thousands of foster children the support they need to successfully transition from foster care to adulthood.
  • As the founder of Protect Idaho Kids, and a Guardian Ad Litem for the 4th judicial district of Idaho I believe this program will greatly help these children.
  • If you, or someone you know, are in the market for furniture, please consider the services of Foster Care Furniture and help these youths. Also, if you have some furniture you would like to donate so Foster Care Furniture can refurbish it for resale, Please contact us at (208) 761-5695.

In The News

Nonprofit helps foster children learn how to build furniture

Treasure Valley organization helping aged out foster youth

Interview with Bruce Wingate

the community work on their woodworking projects. The shop provides all the tools and all the training necessary to use those tools. They have instructional classes, and all the staff  are well versed in different facets of woodworking. It’s also where Bruce Wingate with Foster Care Furniture works with children in foster care. He helps children create furniture that provides funding for them while they’re in foster care, and it’s especially helpful for those aging out of the system.