OUR BOARD

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful,

committed citizens can change the world.

Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has…”

-- Margaret Meade

Carla Brown

Carla is a case manager who provides intensive case management services for individuals with mental illness. She is also a caregiver for children in foster care and an office administrator for Bella Medical Care in [city name]. Carla is also the founder and director of Carl’s Educational Center, an after-school enrichment program, and volunteers as a “soccer mom” for her son’s team. Carla holds a Masters’ in Education from Queens College in New York.

garfield davidson

Garfield served as a youth mentor at Youth Build Providence and is a volunteer for various civic organizations and is a member of the board at College Vision. He is a licensed insurance agent with 13 years of experience selling life, health, auto, and home insurance. Garfield holds a Bachelors’ Degree in Human Biology from Brown University in Rhode Island.

Dean Blasse

Deen works with individuals with developmental disabilities in their homes, community, and in group homes, and provides direct care to the elderly. She is a Sunday school teacher at her church and volunteer soccer coach for the Willingboro Girls’ Soccer Team. Deen received her Associate’s Degree in Aviation from Mercer Community College in Trenton.

Portia Brown

Portia is a Certified Nursing Assistant and is the business manager for a small local company.  She is a caregiver to her developmentally disabled younger brother and an amazing mother to her sons.

DID YOU KNOW?

     

Foster youth are one of the most vulnerable subgroups of children living in the the United States. According to Foster Care statistics & resources, approximately 443,000 children and youth are currently in foster care in the United States and 30,000 youth between the ages of 18-21 "age out" of the foster care system annually.  

 

These at-risk youth:

  • Have the highest high school dropped rate of 50% and are often unable to take and pass the GED test;

  • Are unprepared for college level work;

  • Although 70% say they would like to go to college, less than 3% will earn a college degree in their life time;

  • Within four years of aging out of the foster care system, 50% of youth have no earnings;

  • those who do have earnings make less than $7,500 a year and are unable to economically sustain themselves;

  • Lack of preparation for adult life results in 60% of these youth being convicted of a crime.

Findings show that Domestic Violence inflicts harm to children such as emotional harm, psychological harm, physical pain, and low self-esteem, which impacts the child's learning systems, thereby influencing a child to lose interest in education, arrive late to school, be absent from school, and drop out of school.

 

Together, we can help them reshape the trajectory of their lives.

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RUBY'S FOSTER VILLAGE

Ruby's Enlightened Path, Inc.

3111 Route 38, Suite 11 #271

Mount Laurel NJ, 08054

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609-933-0720

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