My name is Erin Briggs, I work for Point Hope, which is a non-profit organization founded in 2004 by syndicated radio host Delilah. I am contacting you to inform you about the “Teenista”, a one-day event for young women in foster care.
On December 15, 2012, Point Hope, through the “Points of Hope” program, is hosting our 3rd Annual “Teenista”. The Annual Point Hope Teenista allows 25 foster girls between the ages of 13 to 18 to have a day filled with the fun of being pampered, while also being mentored and encouraged. These girls will have the opportunity to: shop for a new wardrobe, receive a haircut or a new hair style, get a makeover and learn makeup tips to accent their natural beauty, shop for Christmas gifts to give to friends and family which they will wrap and take home with them, be served an elegant dinner while seated at beautiful, uniquely decorated table, interact with people who have volunteered for the day to offer encouragement, empowerment, motivation, praise, and words of hope, and so much more. This day will not solve any long-term problems, but it will challenge the girls and the volunteers to be aware that none of us should be restricted by our circumstances, but we are responsible for our choices.
Point Hope strives to be a voice for forgotten children everywhere; Point Hope was established to assist children and their families—beginning with families in a refugee camp in Ghana, West Africa, from whom Delilah received an email plea of assistance in December 2003. But Delilah’s interest in helping children began long before receiving that email; by 2003, Delilah had already been a long-time foster parent and had adopted four children out of the foster care system in the state of Washington. This passion was passed on to the programs of Point Hope; our “Points of Hope” are established to include support for foster children in America.
I am writing you in the hope that you may be aware of girls who could benefit from a day filled with pampering and encouragement. If you do not have direct contact with any foster girls who could benefit, perhaps you would be willing to assist with getting the news out about this event on any calendars, blogs, etc., where social workers or care providers would be able to see it and apply on behalf of some young ladies in their areas. Another way to spread the news is for you to contact any other agencies that work with foster girls and share our invitation for girls 13-18 years of age to come be blessed on December 15th, beginning at 11:00 a.m. through 7:00 p.m. at the Port Orchard Pavilion in downtown Port Orchard. I would be grateful for the agencies’ information in anticipation of getting the message out and being able to pamper a few deserving young ladies—in fact, if you want to pass the contact person’s information along to me, I’d be glad to reach out to those persons myself.
We have an online application for social workers or care providers to fill out on behalf of an eligible young lady. Please go to http://pointhope.org/what-we-do/programs-at-home/teenista/ for more information about the Teenista and to find the Teenista Participant Referral Application Form.
Thank you for taking the time to act on this and to offer hope in partnership with the Teenista event.
Office Manager &
Domestic Program Coordinator
PO Box 8623
Port Orchard, WA 98366