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My favorite - Pay it Forward



Kids, especially foster kids have been the sweet spot in my heart for many years. Many years ago I met a gentleman that created a local charity for foster kids.  He and his wife worked tirelessly for years to do as much as they could for as many foster kids as possible - and there are about 14,000 foster kids in the system. In time the charity garnered a lot of local support and have done tremendous work. In fact they are now branching out to other states and teaching them how to do what they've done - reach a lot of foster kids in need.


I first began by giving money and gifts whenever they let us know there was a need via a Chamber Group. They then asked me to be on the board of directors of which I was for several years. From there it bloomed into back to school projects, fund-raising events, wine tastings, you name it, we did it. Now we mostly donate funds as well as attend some of the fund-raising events to support this worthy cause.  


A new project that is on my mind a lot this month is the 18 year old 'aging out' issue. I  recently attended a fund-raiser and had a long talk with one of the co-founders and it opened my eyes.  When foster kids turn 18 they are literally given $100 and they have to leave their foster home and find their own place.  Many of these kids bounce from couch to couch and some end of living  on the streets. For one, I can't imagine being 18 and having no support system, no Mom or Dad, no home, no job, no nothing.   It is hard to fathom, isn't it?  In 2017 my plan is to get further involved with this particular program and see how and what we can do to assist these young adults who so desperately need guidance and support. There is a huge need for this age group of 'kids' who clearly are not ready to be out on their own. I hope I can make a difference to at least some of the kids.


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Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Anna - The "aging out" of foster kids has been a concern of mine for some time now!  I am so glad to learn there are those who recognize this need for attention.

Nov 28, 2016 04:35 PM #1
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

CONGRATULATIONS Anna, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!    

Nov 28, 2016 04:36 PM #2
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Prado Real Estate South - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Anna, My heart goes out to those lost souls who leave the foster home and have no real place to call home. You have my utmost respect for your efforts! <3

Nov 28, 2016 04:43 PM #3
faye schubert
Keller Williams Tri-Lakes Realty and Lake of the Ozarks - Branson, MO
technology and marketing specialist

Would love to know more about efforts to help the "aging out" group. They are still kids! 

Nov 28, 2016 04:54 PM #4
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Good evening Anna Banana Kruchten ,I can't imagine going through that at the young age of 18.  That is a very good charity to be involved with, as most peope overlook this one.

Nov 28, 2016 04:59 PM #5
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


Thank you for all you do.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Nov 28, 2016 08:03 PM #6
Michael Jacobs
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena Area Real Estate 818.516.4393

Hello Anna -- the "aging out" issue is one that calls out for additional support - it's good to read that this is part of your 2017 charitable plan.  Your longtime contributions to this organization is commendable.  

Nov 28, 2016 09:55 PM #7
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Anna, the aging out issues are so serious!  But I didn't realize it was $100 and you're out!  That's awful.

Nov 28, 2016 10:47 PM #8
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker

Good morning Anna. The aging issue is a serrious one everywhere. They are not ready and the system has done nothing to prepare them. Good luck in your endeavors!

Nov 29, 2016 04:54 AM #9
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

It is really sad to know that there are so many kids in need of families, as they should not have to worry about such things.  The 18 year old with no support is definitely a big issue, especially since many young adults that have support often stay at home well into their 20's.  I would certainly take in an 18 year old with no family and support them as much as I could.

Nov 29, 2016 05:23 AM #10
Kathryn J.
Rentec Direct - Grants Pass, OR
Rentec Direct

The aging issue is a big concern.  It amazes me that at the age of 18 they are considered "adults" and automatically a light-buld is suppose to click on and you know everything? 

I admire you for wanting to stand up to help with the support of these young adults. 

Nov 29, 2016 08:50 AM #11
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

That sounds like the perfect cause for you to champion.  These kids can make deiscions that will affect the rest of their lives at this age.  They need a caring soul to guide them down the right path.

Nov 29, 2016 09:04 AM #12
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Anna - That's a wonderful cause to lend your support to - most kids aren't prepared well enough by the foster child system to face life on their own at 18.

Nov 29, 2016 11:22 AM #13
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I had no idea, that this is how it works.  No wonder we have kids with problems. Is this happening nationwide?  Thank you for making us aware of this...A


Nov 29, 2016 12:11 PM #14
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Anna, after reading your post, I learned that our Art Director and his wife have a non-profit that works on issues.  And I had to wait in line to get a kid and make a donation.  So thank you!

Nov 29, 2016 06:01 PM #15
Patricia Feager
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Unfortunately, this was a way of life in Chicago where I grew up. I actually married an orphan who was never adopted or fostered. All I can say is they need a lot of love and kindness. I can testify, you can't change somebody else's behavior but real love and kindness, mixed in with a lot of patience changes everyone. We stayed married until he passed away and we gave each other enough love to last for the rest of our lives. 

Now that Christmas is nearing, let there be hope!

Nov 30, 2016 01:27 AM #16
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again Anna. Thisis a really important issue and your involvement can only bring light and good to it.

Nov 30, 2016 03:41 AM #17
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