Fall 2018 Update

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“I want to thank you all at Montgomery Kids for all the help. When I was down on the floor, you all came to help and stretched your hand.”
 
These are the words of a young person we have helped. There are over 400 children who have been removed from their homes because of child abuse and neglect. These children suffer trauma from the circumstances that led to foster care. They are grieving for the home and people they left. They are the focus of our work
 
4Montgomery’s Kids (formerly Montgomery’s Kids) is a local nonprofit agency that helps Montgomery County’s most vulnerable children and youth. 4MK supplements what children who have experienced abuse and neglect, those in the Child Welfare system, receive from the state and county services. Resources we provide help normalize a child’s life experiences, and help youth transitioning out of foster care find housing, jobs, and other resources. We help create a brighter future for these children.
 
We need your help to continue this work.
 
A few of those young people wrote:
 
“I just wanted to thank you Montgomery’s Kids. I appreciated everything. If it was not for you guys helping me with the cost for Certified Medication Technician (CMT), I wouldn’t have my current job. I appreciate it sincerely. Y’all are the best!”
 
“Through the 4Montgomery Kids Program, I received funding for meals when I served as a Student Page for the Maryland General Assembly in Annapolis. Thank you 4Montgomery Kids for your generosity to youth in foster care.
 

“Thank you so very much for helping me out with school and buying me a laptop.  I’m a college student and it’s very much appreciated. “
 
From July 2017 to July 2018 (our last fiscal year) 4MK provided assistance to 122 children. Since July, we have helped an additional 45 children. We supplemented their educations with college books, computers and money for extracurricular activities. This summer we sent 40 children to summer camp. Young people transitioning out of foster care received security deposits, furniture, food, gift cards, and work clothes.
 
Social workers also have told us how children benefit greatly from the opportunities and services you helped us provide.
 
“I am so thankful for Montgomery’s Kids who has poured out opportunity time and time again for current and former youth in foster care to succeed toward self sufficiency. They have blessed youth with financial support for higher education pathway for college/vocational training, housing and employment stability, and personal health care. Personally, it has been especially challenging to locate funds for emancipated youth; however, Montgomery’s Kids has been a tremendous source of help and hope when the need arises. The state needs more organization like them.” 
 
“Providing assistance for “things” has enabled many of my clients to achieve a sense of normalcy in their anything but normal lives. 4Montgomery Kids paid for a parking pass at University of Maryland while one of my clients was a student commuter, bought a new Ipad for a hearing impaired client and purchased gym memberships for several of my clients — and that’s just a few ways 4Montgomery kids helps make a difference in one life at a time!!!”