Program Highlight: Adopt-A-Family

by Emily Roberts | Dec 06, 2019

At The Family Place, Adopt-A-Family is our program to bring holiday cheer to the families in our care. This time of year can be especially difficult for clients in our care. Traditions are left behind, and families are adjusting to a new place they are calling home. Adopt-A-Family allows the holiday season to be filled with hope and love for our clients.  

Adopt-A-Family provides holiday gifts for all of our clients whether they are living in our shelters, transitional housing apartments, or come to us for outside services such as counseling and Dignity at Work classes. With the help of donors, over 300 families ranging from single women and men to parents with six children, are adopted through our program each year.

Families in our care are given the chance to fill out a wish list where they include clothing sizes, number one gifts and other things they wish for during the holidays. We rely on Santa’s little helpers to make sure every family is adopted. Gifts are delivered unwrapped and donors provide wrapping paper, boxes, tape and bows, so the parents can wrap the gifts their children receive and be a part of the smile on their children’s faces.

What makes it all worth it? As Meg Bittner, our Volunteer and In-Kind Donations Manager, says, “Often times, these gifts bring clients to tears because they are so appreciative of the generosity of donors and that their children can receive something for the holidays.”

Clients are truthfully so thankful for their gifts and we are so grateful for the individuals and companies who make Adopt-A-Family possible year after year!