the second year we are collecting gift cards for girls in foster care
for Christmas. The gift cards to local retailers allow the high
schoolers to get bras and other personal items they need. There are
three ways to donate:
1. Send your gift cards to LTHF, PO Box 934, Colorado Springs, CO 80901
2. Donate and specify it’s for bras
3. If you live in Colorado Springs, let us know and we can arrange a time to meet and collect the gift cards
Our heart is helping those in foster care is one of care and prevention.
Sometimes kids enter the foster care system from either domestic
violence or sexual abuse situations. They are without their families and
often split up from their siblings. As kids mature, there are less and
less homes available for them, so they end up in facilities that were
created for teen offenders, not kids without a home. We institutionalize
our children and leave them in homes where further abuse and neglect
can happen. But there are bright spots in the foster care system
– organizations like CASA advocate on behalf of the child and provide
the stability and care most of the children don’t get otherwise. Our
hope is that if we can affect kids in foster care we can not only stop
generational domestic violence, but create safe places so kids don’t
runaway and become susceptible to traffickers and other predators. So
much in the cycle of violence, abuse and neglect could be ended if we
had better foster care with more loving homes ready to take in one or
two children and stick it out with them. Currently only 3% of those in
foster care go to college. If we had mentors in the foster care system,
people to engage and stay with a teen, to be there for them and provide
the stability of an adult in their life, we could increase that number!
How does that relate to clothes and cowboy boots? One of the biggest
ways to fight the stigma for kids in foster care is to help them
experience normal activities other kids don’t have to think about. Teens
in foster care are given a $90 stipend for clothes when they are 13 or
14. That’s it! After that the teen better hope someone in the house left
behind clothes or they go through high school with one outfit or don’t
go at all. By providing clothing to The Hanger we are giving high
schoolers a way to build their wardrobe and hopefully stay in school.
It’s the little things that we can do. If being able to get a prom dress
means a girl will get to experience that night and feel a bit more like
her friends (who never have a consideration for new clothes, shoes,
etc. because of their home situation) that is incredible. It is a step –
a small but vital step.
Join us in coming alongside those in foster care. Donate here.
Over the last year two Boy Scouts have approached us to help with their
Eagle project. In both cases we asked them to create bags for The Milton
Foster Children’s Fund. The first did 24 duffle bags, complete with a
fleece blanket, a flashlight, a deck of cards and other fun items. The
second made over 40 drawstring backpacks. They also donated school
supplies, right at the time the teens were getting ready to go back to
Our donations have increased since the opening of The Hanger earlier
this year. The Hanger is a shop specifically for teenagers in the foster
care system in Teller and El Paso County. Any child 14-21 who needs to
can come in on a Saturday and trade work time for items. It is an
incredible way for teens to get clothing, shoes, and other supplies they
need as well as experience working in a retail environment. Since the
start of the year we have donated backpacks, clothes and duffle bags to
The Hanger as well as granting some specific wishes for cowboy boots and
a full length mirror. We were also able to provide food for a fun event
The Hanger hosted for the teenagers thanks to a generous donor!
It’s been a busy few months over there at LTHF. We’ve had the amazing
opportunity to work with a variety of groups within our community and
have been able to deliver supplies to our partner agencies around town. To help us provide more wishes and items our partner organizations needs donate here.
For six months, a prominent Democratic lawmaker has blocked Lt. Gen.
Susan Helms’ nomination to be vice commander of Space Command, making it
unlikely that she will ever be confirmed. Helms continues to
serve as commander of 14th Air Force. Lt. Gen. John Hyten has already
been confirmed to replace her, but the Air Force is waiting for Helms to
be confirmed before moving forward, Air Force spokesman Capt. Adam
Gregory said. Helms’ nomination will expire in January 2015. Both Helms and Hyten declined to comment for this story, Gregory said. Sen.
Claire McCaskill of Missouri first objected to Helms nomination in
April and then reaffirmed her stance in June, citing Helms’ decision to
overturn the sex assault conviction of a captain at Vandenberg Air Force
Base, Calif., in February 2012. “With her action, Lt. Gen. Helms
sent a damaging message to survivors of sexual assault who are seeking
justice in the military justice system: They can take the difficult and
painful step of reporting the crime, they can endure the agony involved
in being subjected to intense questioning often aimed at putting the
blame on them, and they can experience a momentary sense of justice in
knowing that they were believed when their attacker is convicted and
sentenced, only to have that justice ripped away with the stroke of a
pen by an individual who was never in the courtroom for the trial and
who never heard the testimony,” McCaskill said in a statement submitted
to the Congressional Record in June. McCaskill’s position has not changed since then, her spokesman Drew Pusateri said.
We applaud Sen. McCaskill for taking the stand and not just rubber stamping the nomination. The Invisible War doubts that Helms' confirmation will ever go through. It's time for Helms' to step down and remove her name from consideration. It's also time for the chain of command to be taken out of the sexual assault investigation/prosecution process.
To learn more about the push for Congress to amend the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) go here.
Patrick Stewart was asked what the most important thing he has done outside of acting is and this was his response.
Here is the Amnesty talk that was referred to and a link to the UN platform he did.
Stewart, who grew up in a home where abuse occurred, speaks to the mistaken prejudice that women must have "done something" to deserve their abuse. It is the lie that excuses the abuse and places the blame on the victim. It is wrong (to use his response)! There is nothing a woman does to justify being attacked. Furthermore, Stewart (with lots of emotion) states: Violence is never, ever a choice that a man should make.
This is the greatest lie that allows abuse to continue and it is one of the biggest lies we have to combat and defeat if we are ever going to end violence. Men need to stand up and say to other men that violence is not okay.
I also appreciate that, without excusing his actions, Stewart is able to state that his father suffered with undiagnosed PTSD and that played a role in his behavior and abuse. Still, violence is a choice. Stewart now does a lot of work equally for battered women and for those who are suffering with PTSD.