Mattress Firm Program to Help Sunrise Children Transition to Foster Care
Children who are placed in foster care come from abusive circumstances that most of us would find incomprehensible. For these kids, a foster home can help restore a sense of security and confer feelings of love and acceptance. But many of these children have been removed from chaotic, even violent home environments at a moment’s notice. With nothing but the clothes on their back, they may lack even the most basic items, things like clean clothing, shoes and school supplies.
Sunrise Children’s Services, Kentucky’s oldest provider of support services for abused and neglected children, is teaming with Mattress Firm®, America’s leading provider of sleep products, to ensure that Kentucky’s foster kids don’t have to make do with less than their peers, or feel out of place because they look different. Beginning in May 2016, foster kids supported by Sunrise will benefit from in-store donations at 17 Mattress Firm locations in the Greater Louisville area.
Essential items and monetary donations will be collected and distributed to Sunrise. Many of these children have lost their families and everything that’s familiar in their lives, so donating even the simplest items can have a tremendously positive impact on a foster child’s self-esteem and ability to adapt to new circumstances.
“Foster parents are motivated by a genuine desire to help a child find hope and to convey the feeling that they belong somewhere,” said Dale Suttles, president of Sunrise Children’s Services. “But for many families, the cost of maintaining a foster child may be beyond their means. Mattress Firm’s Foster Kids program will help us do everything we can to support foster families in what can be a financially burdensome situation.”
Ken Murphy, president and CEO of Mattress Firm, said community support is important for foster families seeking to instill confidence and hope for the future in at-risk children.
“There are more than 415,000 children in the U.S. foster care system – that is a staggering number. While we know that not everyone can be a foster parent, anyone can help a foster child, and that is why we are launching the Mattress Firm Foster Kids initiative,” Murphy said. “Our national presence can help improve the lives of foster children, and we’re doing everything in our power to rally our teams and the communities that we serve to provide these children with everyday necessities.”
About the Mattress Firm Foster Care Program
In December 2015, Mattress Firm sought to ease the transition to foster care, launching programs in Houston, Idaho and Washington. Success in these markets led to the decision to take the program nationwide. Today, in-store and in-kind donations support non-profit organizations like Sunrise in their mission to help children escape abusive homes and transition to environments where they can find happiness. The foster care program is administered by the Ticket to Dream Foundation, started by Mattress Firm in 2008.
About Sunrise Children’s Services
Sunrise Children’s Services offers Kentucky’s hurting children and families a continuum of Christ-centered care, including therapeutic, residential and foster care programs for abused, abandoned and victimized children throughout the state. Its nonprofit ministry began in 1869 — today, Sunrise is a fully licensed behavioral health service organization helping change the lives of at-risk children throughout the commonwealth. For more information or to help a child in crisis, call 1.800.456.1386 or visit www.sunrise.org.
Written by Chris Jones, Sunrise Associate Director of Communications.