I just wanted to reach out and thank you for your fabulous programs! I first heard of your agency when I applied for shoe vouchers last year for two of my sweet kiddos. I live in Mason City and am incredibly envious of all you offer your foster families and desperately wish we were so lucky here! Your families are so very fortunate and your agency is an amazing blessing!!! I especially loved your Christmas party! I would love that for our kids! Thanks again for all you do to brighten lives and help families to continue fostering happily!
Our support programs are utilized by thousands of families across the state each year, from preparing students for school through tutoring and activity scholarships to providing clothing options for foster families in need.
With generous donations from sponsors and the community, Families Helping Families offers new and gently used clothing, infant supplies and hygiene items suitable for children aged newborn to 18 years old. Our Clothing Closet is located in the lower level of our Families Helping Families office and is staffed by volunteers.
We support the confidence every child and student needs while going to school, which is why we offer a Haircuts for Kids program. Eligible students in foster care can receive two complimentary haircuts, as well as one at the Back to School Rally, care of professional hairdressers and local salons.
To ensure children are prepared for school, Families Helping Families offers a School Supplies Closet, along with an annual Back to School Rally. Each year, backpacks are filled with new supplies and a voucher for a free haircut. We also fill extra backpacks to ensure children entering foster care during the school year have the materials they need. Local businesses and organizations graciously support our effort with their own school supplies drives. The supplies closet is available throughout the year.
Every high school senior wants to feel good about his or her legacy in the school yearbook. At Families Helping Families of Iowa, we support that goal with a complimentary one-hour photography session for professionally-taken senior pictures. Foster parents and guardians receive electronic copies of the final photos, so you can print them at your leisure.
Spread Your Wings Program
The Spread Your Wings Program helps children in foster care, relative, or other approved placement gain confidence by offering extracurricular activity scholarships of interest including art, music, sports and more. We have funded hundreds of children with these opportunities by providing financial assistance for program fees, equipment, uniforms and more.
Our Spread Your Wings Program also provides tutoring opportunities for students throughout the area, giving children at least a three-month-long tutoring program to help sustain confidence and abilities throughout the school year.
Through a collaboration with the Kiwanis Club of Cedar Rapids, each child placed in foster care, relative, or other approved placement is eligible to receive one shoe voucher valued at $50, redeemable at any Kohl’s Department Store, through our Shoe Voucher Program. Thanks to funds received from the Kiwanis Club, private donations, and grants, we can offer more than 1,000 pairs of shoes for children throughout Iowa.
As a child transitions from their family home to protective or foster care, they are provided with a quilt for added comfort during this challenging time through our Quilt Project. You can assist to make a positive impact by donating fabric, your skills or by adopting a quilt with a tax deductible monetary gift.
Each December, Families Helping Families hosts a Winter Wonderland Celebration party for members of Iowa’s foster care community, catering to hundreds of children from across the state and reuniting children and families. Our many gracious volunteers sponsor activities and toy drives through our Holiday Giving Tree program. Area businesses also help support this event by hosting giving trees or sponsoring toy drives on behalf of FHF, bringing so many smiles to the faces of children.
A huge thank you for the three new pairs of shoes we just brought home from Kohl’s. We so appreciate the handwork and dedication of others so that a program like this exists to help children in foster care. Our gratitude to you is immense.