The Hands and Feet is an organization that supports the work of families who are committed to providing temporary homes for foster children. The organization provides essential items to children and families with an open child welfare case so that they can know the support of a caring, loving community.
The Hands and Feet has three programs. The main program, Supporting Hands, delivers items to foster, kinship, and biological families with an open child welfare case right to their door within 48 hours after a referral is made. The goal of delivering these items is to ease the burden of the family who is stepping up to care for these vulnerable and hurting children. The Hands and Feet strives to provide the highest quality items to children, making sure they are feeling loved and worthy with every single delivery. The Guiding Hands strives to bridge the gap between youth who have aged out as well as youth in group homes and individuals who want to support them. Many times these aged-out youth, and youth in group homes, move into new apartments or homes and have nothing. These youth are then paired with a volunteer who takes them shopping and teaches them life skills such as how to budget and plan accordingly for their needs. The Hands and Feet provides a gift card to give the youth funds to purchase these items. Finally, the Applauding Hands program honors child welfare employees by highlighting different departments within each of the organization’s geographical areas. Hands and Feet directors meet with the departments that have been nominated and give a small token of appreciation to each member of the team in the way of a gift card or sweet treat as a way of saying thank you. The organization then creates a spotlight on that department on all social media, educating the public on all the ways that particular unit works within the child welfare system.
Executive Director: Bailey Hughes