Thank you to Greg Heinley and the team at ScanSource for providing us with a check for our Holiday Party and Gift Drive. We appreciate your generosity this Holiday season!
Spending this weekend getting some holiday shopping done? Want to shop local and support RJLF at the same time?
Puzzle for Good creates these beautiful puzzles that support great artists while giving back to local non-profits! Check out the link below for our fundraiser.
For many people, exchanging gifts with family members is an important part of the holiday season. For our Fellows, however, this tradition is complicated. They lack the family structures and support systems so many of us take for granted. These remarkable young people are hard at work building self-sufficient lives and they too deserve to enjoy the holidays. This year, to help them celebrate the season, we’ve asked our Fellows to prepare Amazon wish lists for themselves and their children.
As you pick out gifts for your loved ones, please take a moment to look at these lists, and consider granting a holiday wish this season. All you need to do is click on one of the names below. While you're shopping on Amazon, you can use AmazonSmile to support RJLF. Just go to AmazonSmile and search for RJLF.
Please join us in helping our Fellows celebrate the holiday season.
Brittany is an intelligent, determined, and hard-working mother. She's currently working in the pharmaceutical industry and focused on providing stability and meaningful opportunities for her son. While involved in RJLF, Brittany has furthered her education including, completing courses at her dream school, Villanova.
Caroline is a single mother, determined to make a better life for herself and her son. Her goal is to obtain a bachelor’s degree in education. Caroline recently completed her associate's degree and is employed at a community college. She loves working in education and helping other students achieve their own goals.
Emily’s early experiences with the foster care system and homelessness motivated her to create opportunities for herself and her daughter. We are proud to say that Emily recently completed the nursing program at MCCC. She has now started a new job working as an RN while also pursuing her Bachelor of Nursing at Drexel.
Joseph is an amazing young man. He used to believe he wasn't "school material," but he is now taking several classes to further his education while also working full time in his field of study. He works closely with his RJLF Mentor, who is helping him pursue a degree in social work. He is determined to give back and help others.
Joyce, a hard-working single parent, will earn her associate's degree this winter. She was accepted by Temple University, where she plans to study psychology with the goal of working in education. Joyce cares deeply about the community and participates in many social and organizational clubs. She is a dedicated mom who is committed to achieving her goals so as to provide her children with the best possible life.
Theresa is an incredibly hard worker, constantly balancing an overflowing plate. She is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice at West Chester University. She also works three jobs and takes car of her son as a single parent. Her dedication, independence, and work ethic inspire everyone around her.
Heart for Change 2019 is just around the corner!
Great live and silent auction items include Princeton hockey, football, and lacrosse tickets, beautiful artwork, private suite for you and 15 guests at a 2020 Phillies game, a hay ride in Bucks County for 8 people, winery tours, and more!
Our annual Heart for Change event will be held on Friday, October 18th, 2019 at the Cedarbrook Country Club
in Blue Bell, PA
from 7:30pm to 10:30pm
Tickets are $55 and include delicious hors d'oeuvres and desserts, and a cash bar.
Join the RJLF Family, have fun, listen to some great music, and make a life size difference for some remarkable
young RJLF Fellows!
There will be both a live and a silent auction. Bid on beautiful pieces of art work, exciting local get-aways, delightful pampering opportunities, sporting event packages and much more!
You will have the opportunity to hear from our Fellows, Mentors, and our Board members about their experiences as part of our family and how you can join us.
All funds raised support our mission to empower Bucks and Montgomery County foster care graduates in their pursuit of education and self sufficiency.
Tickets are now sold out, but it is not too late to make a donation!
Last month, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced a new program on which we will be keeping an eye.
Each year, more than 20,000 young people age out of foster care. According to HUD, “approximately 25 percent of these young people experience homelessness within four years of leaving foster care and an even higher share are precariously housed.”
To address this, HUD is creating the Foster Youth to Independence (FYI) Initiative, which will “housing vouchers to local public housing authorities to prevent or end homelessness among young adults under the age of 25 who are, or have recently left, the foster care system without a home to go to. Read HUD's notice.”
Every year the Bucks County Water & Sewer Authority hosts a charity golf tournament to raise funds and awareness for organizations serving communities in Bucks and Montgomery Counties. We are honored that this year they have chosen to make the R.J. Leonard Foundation one of their beneficiaries!
The tournament will be held at Makefield Highlands Golf Club on May 23. For as little as $150 you can support RJLF by sponsoring a hole at the tournament. To learn more, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our third annual Celebrity Bartending Night will be held at Chambers Bistro & Bar in Doylestown on May 15, from 5:30PM to 8:30PM!
This year, we will be joined by Bucks County Commissioner Charles Martin, District Attorney Matt Weintraub, Jennifer Eckfield of the Learning Experience in Doylestown, former Pennsylvania House of Representatives member Marguerite Quinn, and Bucks County Clerk of Courts Mary Smithson!
Like last year, 20% of food and drink sales will go towards supporting RJLF's important work.
There are no tickets and there's room for everyone, but to help us begin to get an accurate headcount, email email@example.com if you're interested in attending.
This event is a great opportunity to raise awareness about the work RJLF is doing, so please pass on this invitation to your friends, family members, and coworkers.
While visitors under 21 cannot enter the bar area, Chambers has a dining room, which means that RJLF supporters of all ages will able to come out and support our work!
OUR ANNUAL FUNDRAISER IS FRIDAY OCTOBER 18, 2019
Heart for Change - Because it's Contagious Video from 2018
Joseph* spent most of his early life in and out of different group homes. After graduating from high school, his goal was to find employment and pay his bills, determined to be independent. He did not think he would be capable of success in college, believing he was not “school material.”
While working as a contract maintenance worker, Joseph was referred to RJLF. With assistance from his RJLF Mentor, he secured full time employment in an office as an accountant specialist, and began taking classes at a community college. “My Mentor is awesome. It’s nice to know you always have someone that will be there for you. Having his listening ear and encouragement has been so great.”
We are proud to share that Joseph will soon have his associate's degree, and will be pursuing a career in social work. Joseph also changed jobs recently, in order to do something more related to his interests and goals. He is now working as a Peer Mentor, as part of a family support team. As a Peer Mentor, Joseph, is working directly with young people and mentoring them while they work on their individual and family goals. RJLF is providing college and career navigation support.
Joseph is a hard working, amazing young man with a goal to pay it forward. While working toward his education and career goals, Joseph volunteers at RJLF events, always thinking of how he can help others as he feels others have helped him. “RJLF has impacted my life in a very positive way. It has helped me realize that I can be as successful as I want through hard work. Also it has inspired me to give back due to how much they give.”
* Names and identifying information have been changed to protect the confidentiality and safety of Fellows involved in the R.J. Leonard Foundation's programming.