May 1- May 31, 2021

May is Foster Care Awareness Month.  Join us in our Run/Walk/Hike/Bike and to help give our youth Roots to grow & Wings to fly! 

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Roots & Wings a 501c3 non-profit www.rootsandwingsnj.org  was founded in 1999 by a CASA volunteer- Irene DeGrandpre. Irene was extremely disheartened witnessing youth aging out of the foster care system with nowhere to go and no support system or family to rely upon. Many young people live in at least 5 foster homes, with many having up to 20 foster homes before the age of 18 years old.  Once a foster child turns 18, some choose to leave foster care, while others are forced out by their foster families as they no longer get the stipend.    

Many foster youth become homeless, turn to drugs and / or become incarcerated or work minimum wage jobs just trying to survive. The Roots & Wings residential program successfully changes this by providing housing, employment services, educational services, food, transportation, and trauma informed care to youth who have aged out of the foster care system between the ages of 18-24 years old.  This gives them the Roots and stability to get started as adults and Wings to start their new lives on their own. 

We are currently providing housing and support services to 21 incredible young people, four of whom graduated from their bachelor’s degree programs in 2020 despite the stressors of the Pandemic and many more will be graduating in 2021. Your participation in the virtual Run / Walk will allow us to continue to provide safe housing, education, employment support, food, transportation, and most important a nurturing community so that they can begin to heal from their past and build a brilliant future! 

Join us in-person on May 1st or participate virtually all month long. Run, walk, hike, bike at your own pace and raise funds for the young people of Roots & Wings!

Come Meet the Team! We will be kicking off the event The Tourne Park in Boonton, NJ on May 1st at 9:30 am.

How to Get Started

  1. Sign up Individually or Create a Team
  2. Set a Fundraising Goal
  3. Spread the Word
  4. Get Moving

Registration Fee: $25 per person


Please contact Stephanie Laurenzi at 862-294-2041 stephanie.laurenzi@rootsandwingsnj.org if you have any questions.