Beaumont Foundation Awards $198,000 to Buckner Foster Care and Adoption

Ed Keller, Beaumont Foundation chief operating officer

The Beaumont Foundation awarded Buckner Foster Care and Adoption $198,300 to provide clothing for children in Buckner’s care across the state. Wednesday, Feb. 17, Ed Keller, Beaumont Foundation chief operating officer, presented the first award amount to Albert Reyes, Buckner president and CEO.

“Statewide foster care is very important to our board of directors and the staff at the Beaumont Foundation,” Keller said. “We believe in feeding the hungry and clothing the poor.”

In the last 10 years, annual contributions from the Beaumont Foundation in support of Buckner Foster Care and Adoption have totaled more than $1.3 million.

“Clothing helps a child’s self-esteem when he or she has been abused, abandoned or neglected,” JoAnn Cole, Buckner vice president for Foster Care and Adoption said. “Providing clothing helps teach life skills, personal hygiene and grooming. The ability to go shopping for clothing helps empower kids towards self-sufficiency.”

Created in 2001, the Beaumont Foundation is a nonprofit awarding grant funding to enrich and enhance the lives of children, youth, families and the elderly in need.

The foundation provides grants and scholarships to a broad range of charitable, religious and educational organizations across the United States. The foundation supports organizations that seek to improve lives by giving people the tools to become educated, healthy, and self-reliant through the grant making areas of Education, Health Care, Children and Youth Programs, Social Services (Food, Shelter and Clothing) and our Children of Fallen Heroes Program.

Buckner Foster Care and Adoption is a ministry of Buckner International, a global faith-based organization dedicated to transforming the lives of the most vulnerable children, families and elders. Established by R.C. Buckner in 1879, Buckner is one of the oldest faith-based service organizations of its kind, serving more than 350,000 people each year in the United States and seven countries worldwide.