LogoBetterBeginningsJoin Us in Creating Better Beginnings

When children are removed from a home by the Department of Social Services, it’s a traumatic event, on top of circumstances that are often horrific for the child.  When this happens, the child’s belongings are often collected in a trash bag or whatever is handy.  That’s where Better Beginnings comes in — the program, created by Schneider Custom Builders, provides duffel bags that children can use to collect their belongings with dignity.

Schneider Custom Builders partners with the Norfolk Department of Social Services and other local businesses each spring for our Better Beginnings campaign.  This year, we will collect new and gently used duffle bags at our Norfolk location.  The bags will be stocked with an initial collection of toiletry items and tagged as suitable for a boy or girl, and the appropriate age range.

This year duffle bags will be collected April 4th – April 8th at the Schneider Custom Builders office, 350 W 22nd Street, Suite 101A, Norfolk, VA 23517.  In addition to duffle bags we are collecting tooth paste, tooth brushes, shampoo, soap, deodorant, and hair brushes and combs.  All the Better Beginnings bags will be stuffed, tagged and then delivered to the Norfolk Department of Social Services for use in the community.

If you would like to make a monetary donation on behalf of the campaign, you may make checks payable to the Norfolk Department of Social Services – Foster Care and drop it off at our office during the campaign.  Please put “Better Beginnings” in the memo area of your check.

If you have any questions, please contact our office: 757-819-4466.

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Did You Know?

A few facts about the need for foster care:

  • Each year more than three million children are suspected victims of child abuse.  More than 500,000 children are in the foster care system in the US.
  • Children in foster care leave behind their neighborhoods, schools, friends and belongings.  Many feel anxious and helpless.
  • Peers often tease children in foster care, reinforcing perceptions that they are somehow to blame for their situation.
  • 54% of children in foster care were neglected; 22% were physically abused and 8% were sexually abused.