"Have you ever prayed for something and God blows a door wide open? Well that’s what happened for me with National Angels. I have dreamed for a long time about starting a non-profit to help the kiddos that I see every day in my job now. When I heard about what Susan and the rest of the team in Austin was doing I knew immediately this is something Nashville needed. I see firsthand how children are affected with the constant disruptions that can come with foster care, and these programs can make a world of difference here. Foster children have the same potential as every other child, and we want to make sure they have the same love, support, and opportunity. I have an amazing team standing with me to help carry out the mission of Nashville Angels. We have big hearts and big dreams for this organization in a city that we love and call home. Our hope is that if you are able and willing that you too will stand with us financially as we embark on the start of this journey. I have been in a place where I was unable to support financially, so if that is you I ask that you pray for us as we move forward. And hopefully, when the time is right you will reach out to help in another way! I want to go ahead and say a huge thank you if you’re reading this and considering supporting us!" – Amanda Garren
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.