My name is Caitlin Deppeler and I’m thrilled to introduce myself to the RJLF family! I have served the mission of the Foundation during the last 10 years in different capacities including participation in the planning process of our first two fundraisers, four years as a Board member, and most recently as Board Chair.
I bring a unique understanding and familiarity of our Fellows’ perspectives due to my experience working in the child welfare system in Southeastern Pennsylvania. I previously supervised Valley Youth House’s emergency shelter in Bucks County, which serves youth who are experiencing homelessness, are at-risk of becoming homeless, or are involved with the child welfare system.
When I am not working I love to travel and explore new places. I am delighted that RJLF has developed the Dare to Dream Program to create the opportunity for fellows to grow through nontraditional educational experiences while still pursuing higher education.
I am humbled to have been chosen to lead the organization into the future as we attempt to fulfill our mission to educate, initiate careers and personally mentor young adults who are aging out of the foster care system.
In collaborating with the dedicated staff, Board members, Mentors, Fellows, and Volunteers, RJLF will continue to transform the lives of transition-aged young people!
The R.J. Leonard Foundation surveyed their Fellows and learned that 20% have never been outside of Pennsylvania. 50% have never seen the ocean. 75% have never seen a play or live performance.
We learned about the places they dream to visit: Alaska, California, Florida, London, France...
... and the things they would like to do:
Our goal is to broaden our Fellows' perspectives and futures, and we can identify and offer the best possible experience for all. Generosity and support from our donors allowed us to raise over $10,000 toward this initiative to date.
A recommended share in this program is $25.00. Become a supporter of our Dare to Dream initiative, and provide vulnerable youth with a chance to experience something breathtaking.
“Closed in a room, my imagination becomes the universe, and the rest of the world is missing out.”
Criss Jami, American poet