Do you remember stocking your first apartment? Perhaps a parent or friend helped you gather the essentials. For dozens of young people establishing independence after foster care, this experience looks much different.
Many times, these young people are entering their independent life without the traditional support of family, and without necessary items like bedding, kitchen supplies and more. This can make getting an apartment and living independently even more daunting, and lead to many young people not having the basic resources they need for successful living.
We help fill this gap with the free “Apartment in a Suitcase” program. Any young person who expresses a need can pick up a suitcase (and accompanying items) to supply their first home. We have heard from case workers that the Apartment in a Suitcase can have a life-changing impact on these young people, providing them with a physical and emotional boost while they navigate the difficulties of establishing their independence without traditional support and often after adverse life experiences.
Due to impacts of COVID-19, we are looking for additional support of in-kind items to fill these suitcases. Each suitcase is valued at over $700 and contains more than 65 items. Each donated item allows us to provide additional suitcases and fill the need each year.
Needed Items for Suitcases Include:
Toilet Paper and Paper Towels (any brand)
General Cleaning Supplies- (any brand, suggested items: disinfecting wipes, all purpose cleaning spray, hand sanitizer, toilet bowl cleaner, 6 pk sponges, magic eraser)
Items can be dropped off at the JLCR office (317 7th Ave SE Suite 202D in Cedar Rapids on Monday & Wednesday 9-4, Friday 9-12:30). Our Amazon wish list can be found here. Ship items to 317 7th Ave SE, Suite 202D Cedar Rapids, IA 52401. We appreciate all donations and support for the young people in our community!