Youth from foster care deck the halls at Christmas Masquerade Ball
Annual Christmas dinner hosted by BCFS Health and Human Services
SAN ANTONIO – Sunset Station in San Antonio transformed into a winter wonderland for local youth from the foster care system, Thursday, December 17 at the annual Christmas dinner hosted by BCFS Health and Human Services.
Approximately 250 young adults from BCFS’ Preparation for Adult Living (PAL) program donned formalwear and gowns donated by the National Council of Jewish Women, plus colorful masquerade masks for this year’s festive theme, Christmas Masquerade Ball. Nearly 400 guests – including PAL youth plus BCFS’ community partners – enjoyed a Christmas dinner and handmade desserts. The youth received backpacks, gift cards, and stockings stuffed with small gifts.
“Christmas can be an emotional time for the youth we serve from foster care, many of whom are separated from their families,” explains Miriam Attra, BCFS Community Based Services Director. “The Christmas Masquerade Ball gives these youth a chance to celebrate with their BCFS ‘family’ and friends – giving them an unforgettable experience that would otherwise be out of reach.”
The choir from Christian Family Church performed classic Christmas carols, and Alamo City Improv brought the laughs with improvisational comedy sketches featuring several youth from BCFS’ PAL program.
Grace Point Church donated the backpacks, and the THRU Project, a mentorship program for youth aging out of foster care, distributed the backpacks filled with school supplies. Christian Family Church donated stockings, gift cards, hygiene products and sweet treats. Christmas dinner was catered by the RK Group and desserts were donated by Gigi’s Cupcakes and Claire’s Sweet Treats.
The BCFS Health and Human Services’ center in San Antonio is a safe haven for local youth including those who spent time in foster care, youth in the juvenile justice system, and other young adults struggling to transition to adulthood and independence. BCFS Health and Human Services provides case management, counseling, mentorships, and assistance with education, employment and housing location.
For more information about BCFS Health and Human Services, visit DiscoverBCFS.net/SanAntonio.
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BCFS is a global system of health and human service non-profit organizations with locations and programs throughout the United States as well as Eastern Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa. The organization is a national leader in medical sheltering and emergency management and response, providing critical emergency support services to federal, state and local governments. BCFS also provides residential services and emergency shelters for children who are abused or neglected; assisted living services and vocational training for adults with intellectual disabilities; mental health services for children and families, foster care and adoption services; medical services; early education; transitional living services for youth who are at-risk and those in the juvenile justice system; residential camping and retreats for children and families; and international humanitarian aid for children living in impoverished conditions in developing countries.