Tami Barnett ('99, JD '02)
RaisingHOPE, a nonprofit that I co-founded for children in foster care and transitioning
aged youth, has been supporting foster youth through the COVID-19 crisis. We have
connected youth with housing when their dorms closed, we have supplied Chromebooks
for foster children who attend non-public schools and don't qualify for the district's
devices. We have provided internet for foster youth living in motels where they cannot
access the free wi-fi being offered to students. One of the more fun things we have
done is that we have provided board games, puzzles, and art supplies to kids quarantined
in group homes. We continue to support youth in need of grocery gift cards and gas
gift cards as the needs have increased during this time.
The need is so great, we all have to pull together to support each other. If we don't support these youth people they have no one else.
Our hope is that no youth loses their housing or goes hungry during this time. In the process we want to connect youth with last mentors that can truly influence their future for the better. We want children and young adults in foster care to know that their community cares about them and we will not let them fall.
To learn more about Barnett's nonprofit, visit the RaisingHOPE website.