Archive for March, 2007

New Beginnings of Tampa helps foster kids too old for foster care

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Tampa, Florida – It was just two days before Casey Benson’s 18th birthday when he confided to his basketball buddy that he’d be too old to stay in a foster care facility.

“When you turned 18 you got kicked out,” he says. “I was really sad, because it sucks not knowing where you’re going to stay your next day. I was just in real deep shock.”

That’s when his church stepped in.

“I didn’t have any place to go, no place to live, then my basketball coach found out and he talked to Pastor Thomas.”

Pastor Tom Atchison was shocked to find out there were no residential facilities in Hillsborough County for foster kids who turn 18.

“They basically can be on the street,” Atchison says.

With help from a grant, he plans to renovate two homes and create a new facility for foster kids ages 18 to 23.

“We want this to be a place where we can show them love and care,” Pastor Tom explains.

The new facility will also teach kids how to apply for a job, manage money and even go on to college. Pastor Tom says they’ll be able to stay here for up to two years.

Pastor Tom will receive a grant for more than $300,000 from the Homeless Coalition of Hillsborough County to make renovations.

Valerie Boey while at Tampa Bay’s 10 News

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