Who We Are
Foster Care In The U.S. Inc. was founded by me, Jessica Angèlique, a former foster youth. The organization is a 501(c)3 Charitable Organization located in Evansville, IN. I began working with youth in 1990 and began providing dedicated services to them, using the income from my third job, to financially support them and the organization. Since 1990 the organization has safely housed and provided services to more than 135 homeless youth and young adults, but we didn’t receive our non-profit designation until the summer of 2019.
We are building the first Permanent Supportive Housing Home in Evansville, IN for homeless youth. The home, located at 23 E. Columbia Street, will house the new Corporate Offices for the organization. It will also be home to seven full-time youth and young adults while they work their way through the 3-year program. The home is the first of its kind, and we are already hard at work on three more homes for the area. The overall goal of our organization is to end youth homelessness in Evansville, IN by 2026.
Not content with just building housing to end homelessness, I wanted a program that addressed gaps in work and life knowledge for youth. I understand the hardship that employers face with a shortage of qualified employees willing to work after the pandemic hit. So, I began partnering with local business and industry leaders and created the IATT Project.
The IATT Project is a collaborative partnership between the Isaiah 117 Project, Foster Care In The U.S., Junior League of Evansville, United Methodist Youth Home, and Old National. The project, which will serve young people in the five-county area of Vanderburgh, Warrick, Posey, Gibson, and Spencer, focuses on empowering and educating homeless, at-risk, and disadvantaged young people to assist them in obtaining the necessary job skills, connections, knowledge, education and civic leadership they need to be successful now and in the future.
I am continuing to grow and expand the organization and, recently, turned the organization’s newsletter into a bi-monthly digital magazine. The Magazine, YMN (Youth Matters Now) is all about youth and is the first magazine to focus solely on youth, youth stories, and youth life. The magazine will launch from its new digital platform in the summer of 2022 with a flat subscription cost of just $9.00 a year. The magazine currently has over 2,000 subscribers and I am hoping to triple that number by the end of 2022. The changing landscape of everyday life and the new financial outlook keeps me hard at work on developing low-cost ways for donors and supporters to get involved and stay involved with the organization.
If you would like to get involved by becoming a donor, sponsor, or volunteer, then head on over to our contact page and let us know how you can continue to help us grow.