Imagine Colton, a 12 year-old boy, who loves laughing with his friends, whose favorite meal is a hot dog with extra ketchup, and who lives for baseball. He longs to be just like the other boys in his class. But he knows his life is different.
CPS removed Colton from his home due to the physical abuse he suffered at the hands of his mother’s boyfriend. His home was not a safe place to be. He was placed with strangers in a foster home.
Colton has a place to sleep, food to eat and clothes to wear at his foster home. He has foster parents who take care of him. He is safe. But he longs to feel "normal."
Colton was appointed a CASA Advocate, David, who has remained a constant presence in his life during this time. David visits Colton every month, even after he moved foster homes. David keeps in contact with Colton's teachers to monitor his progress in school, even after 3 school transitions. Colton tells David about what he needs while in care, and David advocates for Colton's best interests in court.
During a visit, Colton tells David that he tried out for the school baseball team and was chosen for a spot on the team. But he knows there is no money to pay for the required uniform.
David talks to his case supervisor at CASA about Colton's desire to play on the baseball team, and they make a request to use money from CASA's Grady Spikes/Northside Lexus Dreams Come True Fund to help with the cost of the uniform.
Colton learns the valuable lesson of sportsmanship and how to both win and lose with grace and respect. He experiences the comradery that comes from being a part of a team. He laughs with his teammates on the bus as they travel to a tournament. He makes friends and memories that will last a lifetime.
This is what makes CASA's Grady Spikes/ Northside Lexus Dreams Come True Fund so special.
The Grady Spikes/Northside Lexus Dreams Come True Fund was established to help children in foster care who are represented by CASA Advocates (or their caregivers) with one-time, urgent financial needs that are not covered by CPS and cannot be met elsewhere. The fund is not used for continuing needs. Each request is considered on a case-by-case basis.
Some examples of how the funds have previously been used:
* to send a young man to football camp
* to provide a gift card to buy Back-to-School clothing that meets a specific school dress code
* to allow a student to purchase an instrument to play in the school band
* to pay the fees required by the school for a student to play a sport
* to provide tutoring services for a month for a youth struggling with their studies
* to help a young lady buy a dress for her high school prom
The Grady Spikes/ Northside Lexus Dreams Come True Fund helps fulfill wishes. Will you help us make more children's wishes come true? Thank you for making a difference!
* $50 could help a student pay required fees to play a sport.
* $100 may help a child or their caregiver buy clothing to meet a school's dress code.
* $150 could provide a child with tutoring for a month.
* $200 may help send a child to sports camp.
* $400 could help a student purchase an instrument for the school band.
Please give...you can make a difference and help a child today.