"I felt called to open New Braunfels Angels after experiencing the miracles of my 2 beautiful nieces and nephew, Elisabeth, Christopher and Tiffeny, who came into my world 6 years ago. My brother-in-law and sister-in-law fostered to adopt 3 kiddos all at once. My heart grew with love and pride to welcome these beautiful souls into our family. Watching my nieces and nephews flourish, with the love of a forever family, after coming from such somber beginnings, is a stark reminder what can happen to a young soul with love and time. Last year, I left my career of 15 years working in the corporate homebuilding industry and started a real estate career. The time and flexibility allowed me to start focusing on giving back to my community, but I didn’t know where to start. I started praying for God to use me for His will and reveal where this journey would begin. A few months later, I was listening to a podcast interview of a former co-worker, Susan Ramirez. I had the pleasure of working with Susan and hearing about her dream of starting this non-profit many years ago. I have watched her make such a difference in the lives of others and have been so very proud! After listening to the podcast, I sent her a message, before telling her how proud I was and I wanted to get involved sponsoring a Love Box. Well, God had other plans, and now the journey has begun to bring a great organization to the community of New Braunfels. I am honored to be a part of this great group and start making a difference in the lives of foster kids in our community!" – Marissa Van Bibber
National Angels wraps community around children in foster care, as well as their caretakers, by offering consistent support through intentional giving, relationship-building, and mentorship. They accomplish this through their Love Box program, which matches dedicated volunteers with children in foster care and their families. Volunteers meet practical, everyday needs while building intentional relationships with the family they serve each month. When foster families are matched with committed volunteers, parents feel supported and children gain a sense of belonging and self-confidence.
Watch the founder's story below.
• Nationally, 50% of the homeless population spent time in foster care.
• Young women in foster care are more than 2x as likely as their peers (not in foster care) to become pregnant by age 19.
• Only about 50% of those who age out of care will obtain a high school diploma.
• 97% of children in foster care will not graduate from college, despite the fact that as wards of the state, they receive a full-ride to any state school of their choice.
It has been found that children who take part in the Love Box program:
- Are less likely to move. (Did you know that children in care move, on average, 7 times in 2 years?)
- Perform better in school.
- Are beginning to form attachments.
- Have increased self-worth.
- Have a life plan when they age out. (youth are encouraged to join a branch of service, enroll in college, or enroll in a trade school upon aging out of the system.)
"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." - Helen Keller.