Networking for a cause – Millard Lumber hosted The Young Building Professionals Council for a Hard Hat Happy Hour on Thursday, July 29. Over 25 YBP members joined for networking at the Millard Lumber showroom and supported the Foster Care Closet through free-will donations. On Thursday, August 5 YBP along with the Home Builders Care Foundation presented a check for $1,000 that will go towards purchasing 20 car seats for the Foster Care Closet.

The Foster CARE Closet was founded in March of 2006 after founders Patrick and Leigh Esau recognized the need for quality clothing in the foster care system. Through several placements at their home, they came to the realization that almost all of the children came to their doorstep with only the clothes they were wearing – and nothing else.

These experiences and conversations with other foster parents helped them conceptualize the Foster CARE Closet, leading them to start it out of their own basement! Beginning with simple donations from neighbors, churches, and community members, the Foster CARE Closet began offering quality clothing to foster children entering the system at no cost to them or their foster parents.

Since then, the Foster CARE Closet has grown to include and support a variety of different services including the Intake Center and Hope Chest. Housed in a specialized facility in Lincoln, NE, the headquarters not only accepts donations from community members and houses all volunteer activity, but also works to source brand new clothing from local businesses and partners.