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Another Successful “New Kicks 4 Foster Kids” Outing

Zeke showing off his new shoes!

Zeke showing off his new shoes!

For the 3rd year in a row, The Finish Line and their wonderful staff at South County Mall opened their doors to Angels’ Arms foster families for a private shopping experience on Sunday, January 17.

The amazing Finish Line staff!

The amazing Finish Line staff!

When kids enter our nonprofit, many of them have little to no clothing of their own. Heather Jones, President of the Angels’ arms Junior Board and a dedicated volunteer, believes that the shoes this event provides “not only represent something that is

truly theirs, but it also shows them that people out there care about them and their well-being.”

Because of our promise to keep siblings together in a safe, stable family environment, many parents that foster through Angels’ Arms have up to six children in their home at once, thus resulting in sticking to a tight budget.

Each household only receives an average of $15 per child per month from the state, so an expense such as new, brand name shoes is a luxury that many foster families cannot afford.

All ready with their new shoes!

All ready with their new shoes!

One of our foster moms, Katie Brown said, “It’s not very often someone says to a foster kiddo,’ Pick out whatever shoes you want, brand new, any brand, any color, it’s all up to you!’… The excitement lasts much longer than just the shopping experience.  There’s always a level of happiness and joy about wearing their new shoes to school.”

Angels’ Arms firmly believes in allowing foster children to be children, and it was through the generosity of our community and donations collected on Giving Tuesday, that allowed us to provided all 65 of our kids with a brand new pair of shoes.

THANK YOU for making the 2016 New Kicks for Foster Kids such a resounding success!

Foster Family

Happy National Mentor Appreciation Month!

DID YOU KNOW….January is National Mentor Appreciation Month, and the perfect month to begin our journey with Life Launch’s mentor program!


Each of our youth, ages 14-21 have the potential to achieve anything they put their minds to…be it graduating college to pursue careers in media or engineering or giving to others through a career in nursing. But to get there, they must overcome the obstacles life has thrown their way. Their stories reflect the trauma of child abuse and neglect, loss of siblings and parents, people moving quickly in and out of their lives and ALL before finding a home in Angels’ Arms. Many fear what the future holds because their past and present are often painful to confront BUT THEY ARE NOT WITHOUT HOPE!!

HOPE of a reliable adult who can walk beside them and won’t give up on them. HOPE of a relationship with someone who will hear what they have to say and encourage their voice. HOPE of a connection to new opportunities. HOPE of a friend to challenge them to dream and strive to achieve that dream.

Their call has been heard, with over 20 mentor applicants stepping up for our youth!! From attorneys and teachers to retirees and graduate students, each person brings with them valuable life experiences, passion impacting the community, and the excitement of being the first to make this endeavor with the youth!

Do you have what it takes to be a mentor? Check out us out at to learn more! Contact Amanda O’Neal at with any questions about how you can make a difference in the life of a youth!