Formerly known as Fostering Family, The Riverside Project is a collaborative initiative to equip churches and community leaders to effectively serve their vulnerable neighbors.
Amber Knowles, founder and executive director, worked as a pediatric nurse practitioner with a background in community health and school-based health care prior to creating Fostering Family, which is now undergoing a rebrand.
According to Knowles, The Riverside Project is a community of local churches, school districts, nonprofits and other stakeholders who serve vulnerable children and families in their neighborhoods.
“Foster and adoptive families, relatives who care for their loved ones and biological families who are impacted by the foster care system need the support of the community in order to heal and thrive,” Knowles said. “By working together to serve these families and connecting them to local resources, we believe we can disrupt cycles of brokenness in our community.”
“There are collaboratives of churches, school districts, nonprofits and stakeholders all across the city of Houston serving their respective neighborhoods!”
The Riverside Project is hosting an informational night with Humble ISD Counseling and Behavioral Services Department Jan. 25.
The basis for the meeting is to answer questions and provide additional time for questions. A sample of topics will be: What is the foster care system and how is it connected to other social issues affecting our community? What specific needs are there in the Kingwood/Humble area? What’s the process for becoming a foster parent and where can I go to learn more?
Additional topics include: I want to help, but I’m not interested or able to foster; how else can I help? I work with vulnerable kids and families in our community; how can I connect them to resources in the community?
The Riverside Project’s Kingwood/Humble partners include Atascocita Community Church, Christ Church Kingwood, Family Promise Lake Houston, Holy Family Episcopal Church, Humble ISD, Kingwood United Methodist Church, Loving Houston, Woodlands Church-Atascocita, St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church, United City Church and West Lake Church.
“We all want to be a part of a community where children heal and families thrive, but the complexity of brokenness affecting our city often leaves us feeling powerless to intervene,” said Knowles. “This meeting will provide information to help community members make a meaningful impact in the Kingwood/Humble area by serving vulnerable children and families. We will discuss general information about the foster care system as well as the many social issues connected to foster care. We will also share opportunities to get involved by becoming a foster parent, supporting a foster family or relative caregiver, becoming a mentor for a teenager in foster care and more. If you have any desire to learn about how you can serve children and families impacted by foster care in any capacity, come join us. We should not all do the same thing, but we can all do something!”
A video that explains The Riverside Project in more detail can be found at vimeo.com/652267687/eeb4800c99.
The Riverside Project informational night is scheduled for Jan. 25, 6:30-8 p.m. at the Humble ISD Business and Technology Center Building, 20200 Eastway Village Drive, Humble, in the board room.