I went to a networking event for work. There’s no way I could have imagined such an impactful evening.
First, a few notes about the organization that hosted the event. It’s a charity called “Legal Services for Children” (http://www.lsc-sf.org/). Their name pretty much sums it up, but this is an organization that helps kids get access to legal services. A common example is to help kids who were brought over to the US illegally, grew up in the US, and then get faced with deportation. There were some very special stories about how lawyers have not only helped their clients with little access to representation, but have loved and helped children in a very vulnerable situation to overcome a number of challenges.
The keynote speaker was amazing. He was the oldest of 3? children, and spent his youth either homeless or in foster care. Grand Central Station in NYC was the place he slept the most growing up. He had some pretty incredible and heart wrenching stories about his early years.
His name is David Ambroz. He is now the Executive Director of Corporate Citizenship & Social Responsibility at Disney | ABC Television Group. And I don’t think I’ll ever forget his message about foster care. He said that he penned the first three words of this public service announcement while thinking of his foster siblings.
I love this ad. It humanizes foster care. It inspires the right kind of people to take the right kinds of actions to help those who really need it. Check out http://fostermore.org/
“Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.” (James 1:27)