Vault Fostering Community was developed in January 2014 over coffee at Freedom Cup in Boerne, Texas. We (Co Founders – Rachel Russo & Misty McElhannon) were sitting in awe of God and the movement in our community for the orphan crisis. We have had the opportunity to rally for many friends as they have taken a leap of faith into making a difference in our world by loving orphans the way God loves them. Rachel was in the process of foster parent certification and was able to share some of the fears she had in boldly opening her home. We both wanted to come alongside families in this beautiful but sometimes overwhelming process.
We began to dream about the resources we could provide to families and if we could alleviate even a small amount of chaos to local foster families…then maybe more people would be inclined to open their homes. Our mission became to provide support for local foster families as they meet the need of foster children.
Vault is currently a developing community for foster families in the Hill Country area. We desire to help ease the burden by collecting necessities for families receiving placements with short notice. As we began to collect, sort and distribute items our passion grew for the greater needs that these families may encounter. When we stepped in and took a closer look, we saw people excited to change the life of a child, even if just for a short time. We cannot all be foster parents, but we can all be a part of ending the orphan crisis in some way.
We desire to continue our original vision of providing physical needs to families by donating clothing items and necessities like cribs and car seats. The donated items will never be sold for profit, but rather when the child no longer needs them, they will be returned to the Vault and passed on to a new family.
It has been beautiful to see our community step up to the plate and provide for a parent after only moments of Vault posting their needs via social media. We want to partner with these families by providing resources for parenting classes, support, trained babysitters and encouragement. We hope to empower and equip people as they step boldly into the foster care world and speak for those who cannot speak for themselves.