Simplest of Gifts

every year, hundreds of teens “age-out” of foster care in North 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, 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 Simplest of Gifts, or our other efforts with transitioning foster youth, contact us at info@embracetexas.org.

      If your church, team, business or community group would like to volunteer with Simplest of Gifts, we would love to have you.

      Please view options below and fill out the contact form above and a regional coordinator will get in touch with you regarding available opportunities.

      1. DELIVER dropped off items to transition centers for youth
      2. ORGANIZE items that have been donated and dropped off
      3. BECOME a regional coordinator for groups in your area
      4. DONATE online gifts or items, please click below

      All donated items must be new and in any original packaging. ** Please note: Do not collect items without first registering your donation drive. 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.

      If you are a young adult leaving foster care, we’re here for you. Whether you need things for your first apartment or form, help finding a safe place to stay or live, employment, guidance, or encouragement, Embrace is happy to help. Call our office at 469-617-3174 or email info@embracetexas.org and one of our staff members or volunteers with get back with you as soon as possible.

      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