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Foster Family

DenimQuilts Provide Comfort to Foster Kids

May 24th was an exciting day at Angels’ Arms! 💙 

Our friend Julie Treloar paid us a visit to drop off special gifts for two new youth in our homes, including the 2,000th quilt made by DenimQuilts. 

These one-of-a-kind blankets provide so much warmth and comfort to the children in our homes. Over the last 10 years, each child that has set foot in an Angels’ Arms home has received one. 

Thank you to Julie Treloar, Sally Safranski and all the DenimQuilts volunteers for giving our kids something of their very own to treasure forever.

⬇️In honor of their 10th Anniversary, below at TEN FUN FACTS about DenimQuilts:
1. DenimQuilts recycles and repurposes old jeans, blankets, and other fabrics to make their custom made quilts.
2. Denim Quilts was founded by friends Sally Safranski and Julie Treloar in 2009.
3. The first ever made quilt was donated to an Angels’ Arms child.
4. The 1,000th quilt was also donated to an Angels’ Arms child in 2016.
5. More than 40 volunteers collect, sort and cut the fabric and help assemble the quilts.
6. Four yards of fabric are needed for each quilt
7. It takes about 25 to 40 hours to make each quilt
8. Each quilt is adorned with a jean pocket, personalized with the recipients’ names, favorite sports, characters, hobbies, and interests.
9. DenimQuilts has supported over 40 organizations through donated quilts.
10. Denim Quilts has donated over 250 quilts to Angels’ Arms kids.

To learn more about this amazing group, check out their facebook page!

Life Launch

Mentors needed, can you help?

Mentor Nate and his Mentee Jason

“Being Jason’s mentor has been an incredible experience for me. The opportunity to have fun with someone, build a friendship with them, and pour into their life in a positive way is a huge blessing. I highly recommend it! Our lives are so much more meaningful and rich when we invest in others. I believe mentoring not only provides an opportunity to make an impact in someone else’s life – it provides an opportunity to impact your life as well.”


Youth in need of a mentor:

Male youth (14) – likes football and boxing, enjoys listening to music and playing video games

Male youth (14) – loves all sports but especially enjoys basketball (watching and playing), like to play video games

Male youth (17) – wants to learn how to play and build skills in basketball, enjoys relaxing, likes outdoor activities and exercise

Male youth (14) – interested in technology, likes basketball and football

Click HERE to complete an online mentor application.

Please contact Cat, Life Launch Program Coordinator at Angels’ Arms. Office: 314-842-8400


St. Louis Blues Game Raffle for Angels’ Arms

UPDATE: 5/13/2019 – 4:15PM
Congratulations to Jenna Sparks for winning the Game 3 Blues VS Sharks tickets. Thank you to everyone who participated in the raffle, helping us raise $5,000 in support of our foster families. Special shout-out the Jen and Rodney Wallner for donating their tickets and making the raffle possible.

Support Angels’ Arms this National Foster Care Awareness Month by entering for a chance to experience the magic of playoff hockey in GLASS SEATS at Game #3 of the Western Conference Finals between the St. Louis Blues and San Jose Sharks on Wednesday, May 15 at 7 pm.

Raffle ticket quantity Options:
1 raffle ticket – $25
5 raffle tickets – $100

Prize includes TWO all-inclusive GLASS SEAT tickets to the Scott Credit Union Rinkside Club, section 109G, Row A, Seats 8&9. Hang out with fellow Blues fans in this comfortable and relaxed environment during pregame, intermission, and after the final horn and enjoy all-inclusive food and beverage including chef-attended action stations.

Winner will be selected on 5/13/19 at 4PM CST via Angels’ Arms Facebook LIVE @angelsarmsstl and contacted shortly after by Angels’ Arms staff.

100% of all raffle proceeds benefit Angels’ Arms

Raffle proudly sponsored by The Wallner Home Selling Team.

Play Gloria!

Give Back

Donate Your Birthday

Share your passion for helping children in foster care by asking your friends and family for donations instead of gifts this year and start a facebook fundraiser! The best part of all, 100% of all donations you collect will go to Angels’ Arms…facebook does not charge us any processing fees.

⬇️Click the link below to get started:

Foster Family

Fund-A-Family Program

Two down, 11 to go! That is how many homes are available for our Fund-A-Family program. This unique program involves a company selecting a home and supporting the needs of both the actual house and foster family. Additionally, the program provides opportunities for the employees of these businesses to become involved with the family in a variety of ways. For more information on how to become a house sponsor, please email

The first company to adopt an Angels’ Arms foster home was is Huck’s Convenience Stores. Huck’s House support the Hopper Family in O’Fallon, MO through generous monthly donations and throughout the holiday season.

The second Angels’ Arms foster home was adopted by Ronnoco Coffee. Ronnoco House supports the Hergemueller Family in Ballwin, MO through generous monthly donations as well as room decorations when new children come into care.


Dean Team Makes Car Dreams Come True

Angels’ Arms Team Members with Wes Gallegos from Dean Team

Shopping for a new car can be a daunting task. For Angels’ Arms team members Bess Wilfong and Jasmina Schue, it was a very fun experience, all thanks to our friends at the Dean Team.

In 2013, we purchased our very first Angels’ Arms van, a used (and very well loved) 2005 Ford Limited Freestar. We bought it from a long-time supporter for a very humble price and for six years, it was our go-to form of transportation for picking up donations such as furniture for our homes, cereal, paper products and food collected by local schools, churches, and organizations. Every holiday season, we picked up hundreds of gifts from Secret Santas in our community and every spring we packed the van with mulch and plants for volunteer groups who donated their time sprucing up the yards at our homes. It also came in handy when delivering event supplies to dozens of fundraisers over the years. After clocking 100K+ miles and many bumps and scratches along the way, it was time to find a more reliable vehicle for our organization and we knew exactly who to turn to.

The Dean Team has been helping our foster youth purchase their new (used) cars for some time now. Four young adults in our Life Launch program have worked with Wes Gallegos at Dean Team to find the perfect car within their budget. Wes helped guide each youth through what can typically be a very nerve-wracking process, especially when many of them did not have family members to lean on for support.

“It was my pleasure to serve the youth of Angels’ Arms and help them find safe and reliable vehicles to drive.”

– Wes Gallegos, Dean Team

“Pat Dean has been supporting Angels’ Arms for several years in other capacities, and now he’s making sure our older youth have the opportunity to purchase a vehicle as part of their path to independence.  We know our youth are in good hands with the Dean Team.”

– Bess Wilfong, Angels’ Arms
Foster Family

Foster Mom Honored as Lindbergh Leader

Barb Bocklage – 2019 Lindbergh Leader Award Recipient

Angels’ Arms foster parent, Barb Bocklage, was recently honored as a 2019 Lindbergh Leader. The award recognizes individuals who provide leadership and service to Lindbergh Schools and the community. This award is an honor for individuals who continue to give back, making the community a better place to live.

“Barb has gone above and beyond, providing love, caring and nurturing to youth in need. She is one of the most upbeat, positive, caring individuals I know. I have never seen her without a smile on her face or giving words of enouragement to all those around her.” Mary Meyer, Angels’ Arms Board Member

The Lindbergh Leader Award is Lindbergh Schools’ highest honor in recognition of volunteerism, leadership, and service. The honor has been awarded to 369 individuals since 1985.

Foster Family

Introducing Ronnoco House


We’re so excited to finally announce our new partnership with Ronnoco Coffee Company. They’ve adopted the Angels’ Arms house in Ballwin and will provide ongoing support to the family including everything from birthday parties to home maintenance, holiday adoptions and more. We’re so grateful to Ronnoco for their commitment to our children. 💗


Angels’ Arms Honored in Washington D.C.

Thanks to a nomination by Congresswoman Ann Wagner, Angels’ Arms is a 2018 Angels’ in Adoption Nominee.  The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI), which coordinates the Angels in Adoption® Program, honored Angels’ Arms Founder and Executive Director, Bess Wilfong, at an awards ceremony on September 26 in Washington, D.C. Bess is joined by former foster youth and current Angels’ Arms Junior Board Member, Javon Coleman.

Javon and Bess at the Angels’ in Adoption Welcome Ceremony.

This year, more than 100 Angels were honored through the 20th Annual Angels in Adoption® Program. The Angels in Adoption® Program is a unique annual opportunity in the nation’s capital to shine a well-deserved spotlight on the power of adoption and the unspoken heroes who have made the dream of a family a reality for children.

Angels’ Arms was recognized for creating a one-of-kind non-profit organization that engages the community to support foster families in St. Louis, Missouri. Over the last 18 years, Angels’ Arms homes have been a safe haven to over 500 foster children, many of whom were part of a sibling group.

“Javon and I spent three days with politicians from both parties and extraordinarily dedicated foster and adoptive parents, governors, representatives & senators…all to share how we can help administer a God-given right often unacknowledged: every single child deserves a loving family. This award is for all of us, and we were honored to accept it on behalf of all of you who have contributed to “our” children’s lives.” – Bess Wilfong

The Angels in Adoption® Program is CCAI’s signature public awareness event and provides an opportunity for all members of the U.S. Congress to honor the good work of their constituents who have enriched the lives of children in the United States and abroad.

Founded in 2001 by the active co-chairs of the bicameral, bipartisan Congressional Coalition on Adoption, one of Congress’ premier caucuses, CCAI works with the Coalition to eliminate policy barriers that hinder children from realizing their basic right of a family and more effectively raise congressional and public awareness about adoption.

The Angels in Adoption® Program was established in 1999 as a congressional press conference to honor outstanding individuals. Since then, the program has developed into a yearlong public awareness campaign, culminating in an extraordinary advocacy training program and celebratory gala in Washington, D.C.


Send a Care Package to a College Youth

We’re happy to announce that we have eight Life Launch youth who are enrolled at a local college or trade school and begin classes in mid-August. To help them start the school year on the right foot, we would like to make sure each youth gets a care package filled with the essentials.

Here are some care package ideas:

  • A note of encouragement
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Snacks/granola bars/candy/gum
  • Self-help books for young adults 
  • Gas Gift Cards to help them get to and from school
  • Fast Food Gift Cards for those late night study sessions
  • Target and/or Walgreens Gift Cards to help with school supplies and urgent needs

Below is a short bio about each college youth in our homes:

  1. Jake, 22, is starting his 3rd year at Meramec where he will be taking classes in Construction Management. His plan is to transfer to a university next semester or in the fall of 2019. He is also working full time while he is in school. 
  2. Josh, 20, is a sophomore at Meramec. He is taking his general education requirements before transferring to a university next fall. His plan is to get a degree to become a youth counselor.
  3. Alan, 19, is starting the Dealership Automotive 2-year program at Ranken Technology. 
  4. Jason, 18, is a freshman at Meramec. He plans on completing his general education classes before transferring to a university to pursue a medical degree.
  5. Alex, 19, is starting the HVAC program at American Trade School where he will become a fully certified HVAC technician. 
  6. Hannah, 19, is a sophomore at SEMO. She is pursuing a Nursing Degree.
  7. Jaa’Kena, 19, is enrolled in the Crave Beauty Academy’s full-time cosmetology program. 
  8. Faith, 19, is a sophomore at St. Charles Community College. Faith want’s to become a family lawyer. If you would like to send a care package to a youth, email