The Libertore Fund for Children has been busy these last few months meeting with agencies in Sarasota and

Manatee Counties, analyzing data and choosing quality, transparent programs that are making a difference in the lives of children and families.


With the help of our board and our donors we were able to grant funding to these agencies this quarter:


Forty Carrots Family Center

Forty Carrots Family Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening families through educational programs for parents, children and professionals in the field. They received funding from our foundation to provide weekly parenting education and mental health support to women living at SOLVE Maternity Homes’ residential facility in Bradenton, FL for one year.  All of the women are homeless and pregnant or postpartum; 100% qualify for Medicaid. Many participants are overcoming past traumas and currently struggling with issues relating to poverty.


Forty Carrots Family Center’s core components are:

  • Parenting Education Program provides information, skills and support to families

  • Mental Health Services for children and families through individual or group therapy

  • Nationally Accredited Preschool which prepares children for success in school

Bridge A Life

Bridge a Life is a blessing for so many foster parents and parents that have recently adopted, as well as for the children that have been abused, abandoned, orphaned and/or neglected. As a prior foster parent and an adoptive parent of a toddler (who is now an adult), I know that having the opportunity to engage with others that have experienced difficult issues that surface with foster care and adoption and having access to professionals that understand these specific issues, is critical to the family’s mental and emotional well-being. The Libertore Fund for Children is pleased to partner with this worthwhile agency.


Stop, Drop & Roll is a safe place for families to bring their children to local, participating churches where we provide a loving, Christ-centered environment while parents enjoy a much needed evening out. The Stop, Drop & Roll team coordinates, hosts, and ministers to foster and adoptive families by providing parents a night out.


Ladies Night Out is a small group of moms or moms to be that meets for a meal at a local restaurant. This group provides a great way for foster and adoptive moms to connect while drawing support and encouragement from one another. Meeting locations are provided a month in advance.


The Hammer Time team serves to meet some of the practical needs of local foster shelters, group homes or foster and adoptive family homes.


Undie Sunday  is an outreach program that teams up with Bridge a Life volunteers and staff with local churches by collecting boys' and girls' underwear, socks, toothpaste, and toothbrushes to meet practical needs of local foster care children.


The Stew Crew team coordinates, prepares, and delivers meals to foster and adoptive families who have just received a child or find themselves in a crisis situation. It removes at least one logistical hurdle for the day so that more emphasis can be placed on addressing the child's other needs.


My hope is that others will offer this ministry in their communities. The founder of Bridge a Life in Sarasota, Jody Jester, is willing to share best practices and information. If you are interested in learning more about this ministry you can visit the website at

Our Mothers House

Our Mother's House of Catholic Charities is a non-denominational, 2-year transitional housing program in Venice for mothers and their children who would otherwise be homeless. They received funding to support a new family (mother and child) for their first 6 months in the program. The first months in the program are “make or break”; both mother and child are adjusting to a new and unfamiliar environment, a new set of rules and regulations, and for many, a perceived loss of self-determination. Comprehensive support services initiated in the first month's allow mothers to learn that they CAN take control of their lives by participating in learning experiences, taking advantage of casework services and benefiting from coursework offered.


Sarasota Heart Gallery

Heart Gallery of Sarasota is a nonprofit that helps hard to place kids find permanent homes. The Heart Gallery is a traveling photographic exhibit created to find forever families for children in foster care. They were in need of a part-time person to secure additional venues to display the pictures and funding for Pop ups, photos, marketing, posters and other display items to find those forever homes. We were happy to help in this worthwhile mission.


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