Youngstown volunteers help former foster children

December 23, 2013 by  

Volunteers from Roth Brothers Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning in Youngstown, are providing items, support, and assistance to a certain demographic this Christmas. The group comprises 35 volunteers, all of whom work at Roth, in what is called the ‘Aging Out Ohio project’.

There are many people who need help, both during the holidays and throughout the year, but this group focuses particularly on the “aging-out” group. These are young people who were in foster care, but have moved beyond the system to an independent lifestyle. In many cases, these young adults have come out of the system without jobs and with little money, so it is very difficult for them to set up a household. They may need appliances, furniture, towels, curtains and similar items, while young parents may need baby supplies.

One young woman was able to pay her utilities and rent thanks to government help, but couldn’t furnish her apartment until the Roth group stepped in. They helped her by providing diapers, getting her an attorney, and finding transport for her to get to work. The group fills in the blanks that government and other programs are sometimes not able to cover.

Roth and his group have a lot on their “wish list” this year, and they want to spread the word about their program, so they could work with brochure printers to create a mailer that describes the group and its activities, and asks for assistance from Ohio residents and other companies.