Home for the Holidays matches college students who are in foster care, with families who can provide a temporary home during schools breaks and holidays. Currently, more than 200 teens in care attend college in Illinois and other nearby states. When college campuses close for holidays and semester breaks, many students often struggle to locate living arrangements.
“As our mission has expanded, we’ve realized that teens aging out of the foster care system face many challenges including having the typical life experiences and support that many of us take for granted,” said Jennifer Mc Andrews, a foster parent and chairperson of the LIBU board of directors. “One of those is just having a place to be for the holidays.”
“By providing these students with a supportive environment during school breaks, we can help them be successful when returning to campus. We dream that these students continue to have a connection with the families that host them and become stronger adults as a result,” said Susan McConnell founder of LIBU.
The new “Home for the Holidays” program is expected to launch in November of 2017. In addition to hosting a student, supporters can also sign up to provide holiday gifts in the form of clothing, gift cards or personal services and assist older college students with career guidance and job searches. To become involved in this program and to volunteer to be a host family please complete our volunteer form and include as much information as possible about your current family structure.
The host family volunteer form may be found here: