Rachel Z., Mayfield Heights, OH
2016 Cleveland Bash Recipient
Rachel was recommended as a recipient by the Fostering Hope organization. Fostering Hope directly impacts the emotional development of children in the foster care system, and foster care residential facilities. Rachel suffered from severe depression in her high school years and short-term care was not sufficient for her needs. Unfortunately, her mother couldn't afford the cost of long-term care, and was forced to release custody of Rachel so she could reside at Beech Brook foster care facility, where she benefited from the services of Fostering Hope. After spending 18-months at Beech Brook, Rachel is now struggling to live independently for the first time. She is currently finishing her first semester at community college and working part-time as a receptionist for just above minimum wage. Most of her money is going toward tuition, and she’s had very little left over for other necessary expenses. Funds from The Cleveland Bash helped Rachel purchase furniture and other basic household items for her new apartment so she was able to pay her tuition.