United Way of Amarillo and Canyon awards $60,000 to support youth aging out of foster care served by Buckner

AMARILLO, Texas – United Way of Amarillo and Canyon committed to helping vulnerable youth aging out of foster care served by Buckner International’s Bruce Ford Transition Center with a gift totaling $60,000 over the next three years. United Way’s gift will help Buckner provide a place where youth aging out of care can find resources, support, computers, a laundry room, hope and acceptance.

“We are grateful for our partnership with United Way of Amarillo and Canyon,” said Terry Thomas, Bruce Ford Transition Center program director. “This generous gift will be a blessing to the youth we serve as we strive to empower them with the resources they need to be successful out on their own. Thank you United Way for the impact you are making on the future of our youth.”

United Way has a long tradition of helping individuals with basic needs such as food, clothing, shelter and safety. The organization is focused on changing lives through partnering with strong, well-managed programs. In Amarillo and Canyon, United Way focuses on improving early care and education for children, helping students succeed in school, and strengthening families.

“United Way of Amarillo and Canyon is delighted to add Buckner’s Bruce Ford Transition Center to our excellent list of partner service providers,” said Katie Noffsker, United Way of Amarillo and Canyon executive director. “Our Community Impact Education goal of ‘ensuring parent or adult mentors for at-risk youth’ is a perfect match for the Buckner’s Bruce Ford Transition Center. We know that young adults aging out of foster care are at high risk for many preventable outcomes like teen pregnancy, substance abuse, homelessness, and incarceration. The United Way business model embraces preventive strategies and the Buckner Transition Center is just such a prevention program.”

Buckner has been dedicated to providing services that help strengthen at-risk children and families in Amarillo since 1985. Last year in Amarillo, Buckner served more than 207 people through foster and adoption services, the Bruce Ford Transition Center, and Buckner Family Place, a transitional housing program in Amarillo that provides safe, affordable housing to single parents and their children while the parents are enrolled in an educational or vocational program.

Click here to learn more about Buckner Children and Family Services in Amarillo.

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