Because of numerous distressing reasons, many children and youth in our community live in alternate homes away from their natural birth parents, including foster care and kinship care. These young people are at extreme risk of life-long poverty, homelessness, substance abuse, early death, and unproductive or under-productive lives. Thirty percent of male foster care alumni are incarcerated by 19 years of age. Nearly half of all girls who lived in foster care are pregnant by age 19, many producing children who join the cycle of abuse and neglect. Angel Reach is dedicated to helping these at-risk children and youth transition to better lives.
Angel Reach’s Transitional Living Program offers young people who have aged out of foster care a safe, temporary residence as they transition into society. Each year 200-300 youth age out of foster care in the greater Houston area. The majority of these young people lack the necessary life skills to make the next steps to becoming productive adults. Nearly fifty percent of these young people end up homeless because they have no support system. Over fifty percent do not have a job. Many have not graduated from high school. Additionally, most do not have a driver’s license, basic life skills, or a life plan. Angel Reach offers GED tutoring, job opportunities, life skills training, and assists in helping these youth develop a life plan that will provide them with the necessary skills to become productive adults, enhancing their lives and our community.
Angel Reach’s Kinship Care Program assists kinship placement families with their day-to-day living needs, including emergency food, clothing, furniture, home repairs, referrals to community resources, caregiver support groups, and special holiday events. When a child is removed from a home and placed with a relative, their caregivers receive no assistance from governmental agencies.
The goal of Angel Reach is to help children and youth achieve their full potential in spite of the obstacles placed on them by broken families and a broken system.
- Assist with Benefit assessments
- Support Groups
History: Angel Reach was originally created to help fellow foster parents provide for the ever-changing needs of the children that would come and go in their homes. In 2004, the Kinship Program was launched in Montgomery County when it became apparent that Angel Reach’s services were desperately needed by the caregivers in this program. In 2011, the Transitional Living program was created to assist youth aging out of foster care.
Founders Sandra Carpenter and Debbie Zempel
About the Founders: Angel Reach was founded in Conroe, Texas, as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization by foster and adoptive parents Sandra Carpenter and Deborah Zempel. Sandra and husband Ron were foster parents for over 15 years, fostering over 65 children and adopting 7. Deborah and husband Craig were foster parents for over 8 years, fostering over 25 children and adopting 6.