Helping families provide homes to children in foster care
Vault Fostering Community was developed in January 2014 over coffee at Freedom Cup in Boerne, Texas. 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.
We desired 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.
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 hope to empower people as they step boldly into the foster care world and speak for those who cannot speak for themselves.