The Beaumont Foundation of America (BFA) recently presented a $248,250 grant check to Lutheran Social Services (LSS) to provide school clothing for the approximately 1,650 children LSS serves in foster care and its residential treatment centers in Texas. This is the second of the two checks, and half the amount, the Foundation has gifted to LSS this year.
A provision of the grant is that the children are allowed to select their own clothing, twice a year. “Many children arrive at our foster homes and residential centers with everything they own stuffed into a trash bag,” explained Betsy Guthrie, President and Chief Operating Officer of LSS. “Selecting their own new clothing is an important step as they begin their new lives and start to heal from pasts of trauma and abuse.”
The Beaumont Foundation provides grants and scholarships to a broad range of nonprofit organizations across the United States, enriching the lives and enhancing the futures of less fortunate children and youth, families, and the elderly.
“The Beaumont Foundation’s ongoing support of our ministries – and most importantly, of our children – is such a blessing,” said Dr. Kurt Senske, Chief Executive Officer of LSS. “This is the sixth year BFA has generously funded clothing and put smiles on the faces of the children we serve.”