BEAUMONT – Entergy Charitable Foundation gave $2,000 to Buckner Children and Family Services in Beaumont to provide support for youth aging out of the foster care system in 2012.
“Many of the children we serve have grown up in foster care and when they age out, they don’t have any family or anyone who is there to help them through that difficult transition,” said Laura May, administrator for Buckner in Southeast Texas.
“Buckner helps to support these children through the transition process and provides a safety net for their success. The funds we have received from Entergy will help these students continue their education. We are so thankful for their support.”
Through the Transitioning to Responsible Adult Independent Living (TRAIL) program, former foster youth receive emergency assistance and intensive case management to help them with housing, utilities, books, dorm fees and transportation.
The TRAIL program serves youth ages 16-25 in Chambers, Hardin, Jefferson, Orange, Polk and Tyler counties. Since 2009, Buckner has served 119 clients each year through the TRAIL program, which is partially funded by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.
For more than 133 years, Buckner Children and Family Services has been transforming lives through hands-on ministry, serving the most vulnerable from the beginning to the ending of life. Buckner is one of the oldest and most unique faith-based social service organizations of its kind, serving more than 450,000 people each year in the United States and 18 countries worldwide.
To learn more about Buckner Children and Family Services in Beaumont, please visit www.buckner.org/us-beaumont.shtml.
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