Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Aspiranet Foster Family receives exterior paint job from Lancaster Painting

The Bakers have welcomed 70 children into their home over the last fifteen years. They are giving, patient, kind and forgiving. They accept youth the way they are and help them believe in the limitless possibilities of the future. They give every foster youth tools they need to be their best and prepare them for the twists and turns that life always presents.

Great people like the Bakers deserve recognition for all they've done as foster parents. Thanks to Lancaster Painting of Turlock, that well-deserved recognition came in the form of an exterior paint job valued at $6,000. The Bakers were nominated as recipients of Lancaster Painting's Paint it Forward contest by Aspiranet social workers Sharon Salaiz and Sandra Genova.

Forty community volunteers showed up at the Baker's home Saturday, Feb. 25th ready to paint. In just a few hours, the work was complete. The Baker's home now matches the beauty found inside as they care for foster youth.

Thank you, Lancaster Painting, Light House Communications, Paul's Paint Company and Sherwin-Williams making Paint it Forward a reality.

Please check out the photos from Paint it Forward below:


lunch time!

Taking a water break

Priming the Exterior

Bobbie Baker

Aspiranet Social Workers Sharon and Gina

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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Baskets for Bakersfield Wraparound Families

Aspiranet's Wraparound program is a true gem. The name perfectly describes the focus of what we do in this community-based in-home program:

Wrap at-risk families with support to give them tools to stay together and be their best. 

At Wraparound, our facilitators, parent partners and youth support counselors help families become strong, joyful and healthy. We do whatever it takes to give our families the support they need to overcome their challenges and thrive. 

Aspiranet's former employee Gary Simmons appreciates the work we do at Wraparound. During the 2011 holiday season, he approached our Bakersfield office to see how he could provide a donation that would brighten the lives of our families during the often-stressful holiday season. 

Our Wraparound staff had a perfect solution. They met the Simmons family at Wal-mart and loaded up several shopping carts with goodies to help ten Wraparound families. Every basket included a Christmas dinner with all the trimmings, other food and snacks, family-themed games and toys, blankets and hygiene and household items.

The Simmons Family

Gary Simmons Jr and Sr

Aspiranet staff with their shopping carts

The baskets brightened the lives of ten families working very hard to build a healthy home. We're incredibly grateful for the Simmons family for their $2,000 donation to our Wraparound families. We'll never forget your generosity.