Hello, my name is Dale Carlsen. I was raised that when you are able, you need to give back. Consequently, when I started Sleep Train, I determined that I wanted to make a difference in the lives of foster kids. Since selling Sleep Train, I have continued to focus on the plight of foster youth, as CEO of the Ticket To Dream Foundation. Foster kids were then and are still now a forgotten population. These kids did nothing wrong when they entered the system, they simply had parents who could not care for them. Now more than ever, we need to help foster kids!
Over 80% of foster kids do not have regular access to a computer. How can they possibly do distance learning? Essential items like shoes, socks, back backs, pajamas and school supplies are often not readily available to them. During their time in the Foster Care system, which is severely broken, they will be placed on average in 3-4 homes with many passing through 20+ homes! When they exit the system, with no family to help them, they generally do not have the life skills, nor the job preparation needed to succeed. Without the help of the programs Ticket to Dream supports, these kid’s futures are uncertain. The opportunity to save them from the threat of homelessness, incarceration or even death is now. Please join us in making a difference in these kids’ lives. Do not let them be forgotten.
Thank you for your support!