Non-profit Caleb's Closet receives $10,000 grant
On Tuesday, Amerigroup Texas presented Caleb's Closet with a $10, 000 dollar check.
Each dollar will go to providing essential school supplies to foster children.
"We heard that there was a need for school supplies, new items that these kids, don't have through the donations that the community gives," Emie Young, Director of marketing with Amerigroup Texas, said.
The grant will help the non-profit continue its mission.
"We're here to stand in the gap of these foster care families as they move into, maybe a new phase of having additional children in their home or if they're a new foster family preparing to embark on this journey of foster care," Jennifer Hallgren, President of Caleb's Closet, said.
"Amerigroup's mission aligns with Caleb's Closet's mission to provide health, well-being, safety, permanency placement for children in the community," Young added.
The Lubbock-based non-profit began when 2 foster care mothers came together, swapping items for their growing families.
"It really turned into, obviously, a service for a huge need within the community. And we've grown exponentially since," Hallgren said.
Caleb's Closet also goes beyond giving to children in need.
"Our generosity does extend beyond those in the foster care system. When we see those in need in our community, our board will vote to assist those on a case-by-case basis," she added. "Recently we had a foster care family that had lost their home to a fire. We were able to provide them with new clothes and wardrobe items to replace what they'd lost."
The non-profit has helped 1,500 individuals in the last year alone.