My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Just in Time for Foster Youth, San Diego, CA, USA
Just In Time for Foster Youth is a San Diego non-profit helping former foster youth transition to self sufficient adults. Although they have programs in education, finance, mentorship and basic needs, my favorite program is My First Home. JIT provides "aged out" foster children with household goods and furnishings for their first apartment. We try to provide all the basics from furnishings like a bed, dresser, kitchen table, sofa, coffee table, to the small necesssities, such as linens, dishes, glassware, cookware, pots and pans. After many years of different "placements" within the foster care system, the youth are so grateful to have a place they can finally call HOME! We use new and nearly new items donated by the community or purchased with JIT's funds provided by individual and corporate donations. The experience has been heartwarming and so fulfilling for me and my family as volunteers for the past three years!
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
My experience has been wonderful. To see a former foster child feel cared for by someone in the community, is a great feeling. After years of being taken care of by others that are "paid to do so", they are in awe that JIT volunteers are here to help them because they want to, not for a salary, but just because they care!
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
I would like to see Just In Time for Foster Youth be replicated in other cities. I once helped a San Diego youth that moved to the Los Angeles area. She couldn't find any organization like JIT there. She drove all the way back to San Diego to receive some help with furnishings for her apartment.