FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Through the New England Patriots Foundation and the New England Revolution Foundation, Robert Kraft and the Kraft family announced a commitment of $1 million in grant funding for six foster care organizations across New England to celebrate Foster Care Awareness Month this month. The grants will strengthen and expand foster care services, innovate systematic solutions, assist in foster parent recruitment, and raise awareness. Robert Kraft made the announcement at Gillette Stadium at an event to celebrate frontline staff, foster parents and young adults who experienced foster care. He was joined by President of the New England Patriots Foundation Josh Kraft, Patriots special teams captain Matthew Slater, and Patriots running back Ty Montgomery.
“We launched this initiative to address foster care as a societal issue here in the Commonwealth and to provide a platform for a highly marginalized and vulnerable population,” said Robert Kraft. “The six inaugural organizations that we are supporting are doing important work, and we are pleased to welcome their staff to the stadium to say thank you for all that they do to improve foster care.”
The Foster Care Awareness Month event was attended by staff of all six nonprofits receiving initial funding through the initiative, including:
- Bridges Homeward
- LUK, Inc.
- Plummer Youth Promise
- Rise Above
- Foster Forward
Each nonprofit began receiving funding last fall for various needs including staffing, space upgrades, activity support, training and foster parent recruitment efforts. In addition to the grants, the New England Patriots Foundation and the New England Revolution Foundation will leverage the Patriots and Revolution communications platforms to raise awareness for the issues foster care organizations are facing in New England and to help with foster parent recruitment efforts.
Shaheer Mustafa, President and CEO of HopeWell spoke on behalf of the nonprofits in attendance. Matthew Slater and his…