Unity Care’s Annual Santa’s Helper Holiday Initiative Gives Hope to Foster Youth

Unity Care’s Annual Santa’s Helper Holiday Initiative Gives Hope to Foster Youth

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NOVEMBER 20, 2018

San Jose, Calif. – During the holiday season, numerous organizations host toy drives and food drives to give children and their families much needed support to celebrate a time of giving. At Unity Care, we acknowledge that transitional age foster youth (TAY), is a population that is often forgotten. Foster youth ages 16­–24 need our support, and even more so during the holidays. These youth age out of the foster care system and enter the world with little guidance or a supportive foundation to become self-sufficient, in challengingly expensive place to live. Many of whom have no family to celebrate the holidays.

Since 2007, Unity Care has hosted Santa’s Helpers annually with a mission to brighten our foster youth’s holiday season. Santa’s Helpers provides gifts to TAY youth living in Unity Care’s transitional housing program (THP) homes. Gifts are also gifted to children and families who utilize our community-based programs, helping to prevent youth from entering foster care in the first place or stabilizing foster family placements. Santa’s Helpers includes volunteer opportunities to adopt a Unity Care home for the holidays providing a tree with decorations and help TAY youth decorate their homes in a warm, festive, and supportive environment. For those who are looking to donate during the holidays, Santa’s Helpers collects monetary donations to help continue Unity Care’s mission to provide safe, stable, and affordable housing for foster youth year-round.

This year’s Santa’s Helpers is already in full swing with eleven adopted by giving organizations including Salesforce, Netflix, Junior League of San Jose, eBay, Church on the Hill, Barron Builders, Walter & Wolf and Burke, Williams & Sorenson, First Community Housing and NAWIC, and many individual volunteer groups. Organizations will be decorating houses on various dates from November 26, 2018 through December 13, 2018.

About Unity Care:Founded in 1993, Unity Care serves over 7,500 foster youth and families annually through housing and supportive service programs. We believe that youth should receive the tools to become self-sufficient adults by delivering culturally proficient and trauma-informed services centered around Unity Care’s “5 Pillars of Success” – HOUSING, EDUCATION, EMPLOYMENT, WELL-BEING, and UNCONDITIONAL CARE.To learn more about Unity Care programs and upcoming volunteer opportunities, please visit www.unitycare.org or follow us on Facebook, Instagram @Unity.Care or Twitter @UnityCare  #UnityCare  

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Media Contact:  
Chelsea Palacio, Marketing Associate
408-971-9822 x4020  •  cpalacio@unitycare.org

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