Irvington woman opens thrift store to raise funds to start program for former foster kids

IRVINGTON, Ind. -- When foster kids turn 18 they lose their governmental safety net, but an Irvington woman wants to start a program that helps those kids when they need it most.  

Julia Mattingly has started a thrift store to fund the program, Fostering the Future Now. She plans to hold classes for kids who have aged out of the foster system but aren’t quite ready to be out on their own.

Mattingly wants to hold classes to teach former foster kids important life skills they may not have had the chance to learn while they were bouncing from home to home in the system.

“When you are vulnerable like these kids are, it would be very easy for people to take advantage of them as far as buying their first car, signing a lease for an apartment or managing their bank account,” said Mattingly. “These basic things people take for granted are survival skills these kids need so they can strike out on their own when they’re 18.”

 Eventually, the classes will be held downstairs at the thrift store.

 The thrift store is located at 5612 East Washington Street.

If you would like to contact Julia Mattingly with donated items to sell at the thrift store or lend your expertise, you can email her at Fosteringthefuturenow@gmail.com.

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