each year over 1,200 teens "age-out" of foster care in Texas

25% of youth leaving care are homeless almost immediately.

80% cannot support themselves within just a few years of emancipation. 50% are unemployed.

Only 50% have a high school diploma or GED.

7 out of 10 girls who age-out will be pregnant or parenting by age 21.

HOPE & HELP FOR YOUTH LEAVING FOSTER CARE

When given the tools to keep house, prepare healthy meals, and get a good night’s sleep, young adults leaving foster care are more likely to maintain their housing and less likely to become homeless. Embrace provides “First Apartment Kits”, furniture, graduation celebration, life-skills classes, and a robust network of resources to teens transitioning out of foster care. We build relationships with teens as they take their first steps into independence. We’re there to celebrate successes and encourage them when they face difficulties. If you would like more information regarding Project Launch, or our other efforts with foster youth, contact us at info@embracetexas.org.

YOU can be a part of the success stories for these youth. Become a monthly donor and be a CHANGEMAKER! Your tax-deductible donation of $19 per month provides one youth with a series of life skills classes and introduces him/her to Embrace as a lifeline. $49 per month provides a complete First Apartment Kit. 

Your church, small group, family, office or team can pitch in to collect all the basics a young adult needs to set up their first apartment or dorm. All donated items must be new and in any original packaging. ** Please note: Do not collect items without first registering your donation drive using the form below. We carefully manage our inventory, and sometimes pause collection on specific items. Thank you!

  • Sheet set (twin or queen)
  • Waterproof Mattress pad (twin or queen)
  • Bed pillows x2 (standard)
  • Comforter (twin or queen)
  • Large laundry basket
  • Bath, hand, wash towels (2 each, matching)
  • Shower curtain, liner & rings
  • Bathroom rug set
  • Small cookware set that includes 2 pots and 2 pans (with lids)
  • Dishware (4-8 place settings)
  • Plastic drinking glasses (8 piece set)
  • Flatware (8 piece place settings)
  • Kitchen serving utensil set
  • Cookie sheets (2)
  • Hot pads and dishcloths
  • Plastic mixing bowls (2)
  • Cutting Board
  • Knife Set
  • Kitchen trash can & bags
  • Cleaning supplies (broom, mop, etc.)
  • Laundry, dish and dishwasher detergent
  • $25 Walmart or Target giftcard

Small appliances like toasters, electric can openers, griddles, vacuum cleaners, etc. may also be donated.  For any questions, email info@embracetexas.org.

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    If you are a young adult leaving foster care, we’re here for you. Whether you need things for your first apartment or dorm, help finding a safe place to stay or live, employment, guidance, or encouragement, Embrace is happy to help. Click here to learn more about our “Project Launch” program.

    My apartment was just bare walls. Now I have everything I need. This feels like home, and I’m going to work hard to keep it that way.

    – Stephen, Age 19, Foster Alumni

    I finally got approved for my apartment. When I moved in, people from Embrace delivered a bed for me and my daughter, and even unicorn bedding for her! She’s so excited to have her own bed.

    – Davina, Age 20, Foster Care Alumni, Mother of 1

    All I want is for my kids to be happy and stable. Thank you to Embrace, now we have everything we need for our new home.

    – Kayli, Age 22, Mother of 3

    When ladies graduate from our program and are ready to move out on their own, our first stop is always at Embrace. They get to “shop” for the items they need for their new home.

    – Debby, Caseworker from Partner Agency