Online network helps keep children out of foster homes


ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) – Two trucks and a trailer full of apartment furniture were unloaded Tuesday morning in Roanoke, but it was no ordinary moving crew.

“There’s a tech platform that connects people in need with churches willing to help,” says Ray Moore, Roanoke community coordinator for CarePortal, an online network that works with local social services to help children in the community. need and keep families together.

“Most of the time, these people don’t have families. They don’t have the support that most people have. So what CarePortal wants to do is be family, ”says Moore.

“They were able to help us keep the children out of foster homes,” says Carrie Guzman, adoption specialist for the Roanoke City Department of Social Services. “If a child needs a bed or bedding or a family needs to fix their roof, that’s a need we can post out there and a church can meet those needs.”

The Roanoke Chapter has helped over 1,186 children in the area to date, with an economic impact of $ 424,179.

The group made a delivery Tuesday morning, donating beds, a sofa and a crib to a young mother who grew up in the foster care system.

“I was homeless, so being able to get stuff meant a lot,” says Avie Johnson. “They are great people to work with. They are a support system. It’s not just that they’ll bring you stuff. It is support.

Moore says Roanoke’s CarePortal is always looking for more churches, businesses and individuals who can volunteer to help.

To get involved and volunteer with CarePortal, email Ray Moore at [email protected]

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