Volunteer - Meals & More for CWOP
Children living in CPS offices
Children without placement (CWOP) sleep in CPS offices because there is nowhere else for them to go. In Harris County, there are now 20-30 children in offices on any given night. This has grown from 10-15 a night two years ago. Caseworkers are always with the children. This is a CWOP crisis for the children and their caseworkers.
In collaboration with Fostering Family, Harris County Youth Collective (HCYC), and key DFPS and Harris County staff, Cultivating Families is recruiting faith communities and individuals that will respond to needs during greater Houston's CWOP crisis.
Cultivating Families is coordinating volunteer efforts at two CWOP locations, Buffalo Speedway and Chimney Rock.
Fostering Family is coordinating volunteer efforts at the other two locations. Learn more at HOME | Fostering Family
Short-term, we are asking for volunteers to:
- Supply hot meals Mondays or Wednesdays between 6:00 – 7:30 pm.
- Donate Gift Cards for nearby restaurants and grocery stores
- Donate needed items such as air mattresses, bedding, towels, toiletries, and more!
- We will research properties for housing CWOP in a more home-like setting rather than offices.
- Encourage more people to open their homes temporarily or permanently to youth that have experienced trauma and neglect. Adoption & Foster Care Decisions Course
“Volunteer to supply a HOT MEAL.”
Click here to sign up
Hot Meals are for the Buffalo Speedway location.
We are grateful that the Chimney Rock location meals are currently provided by
Kinder Emergency Shelter. You can learn more about them here.
“Donate NEEDED ITEMS”
(for all locations)
Click Here for the CWOP Amazon Wish List
If you choose to purchase items locally and hand-deliver them, please email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org to
arrange a time and location.
“Donate GIFT CARDS”
You may mail Gift Cards to PO Box 920545, Houston, Texas, 77292.
Please include a note that the gift cards are for CWOP.
If you prefer to hand deliver gift cards, please email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a time and location.
See below for a list of restaurants and grocery stores
near the Buffalo Speedway location.
"Donate to Cultivating Families Online"
Donations to Cultivating Families enable us to continue to offer this CWOP opportunity and equip communities of faith to care for children in foster care in various ways.