We are a non-profit organization that helps children and families in crisis with items of immediate need. Your donations help families dealing with situations involving foster care, abuse and disaster recovery, who are often starting over with nothing.
Family to Family began in 2001 after working with Department of Children and Families in Collier County. We would get a list of families in need around the Holidays. There would be a description of the families, ages, clothing and shoe sizes, a list of their favorite things, not just of the children but their care-takers too. Fran would get a basket, attach the tag with the description and then give the basket to someone to add to, the next person would then put some items in the basket and then pass it on, by Christmas Eve the baskets would be overflowing with gifts, gift cards, money, and even more. We've had bicycles, power wheels and countless other gifts donated. For several years we made and handed out baskets- at one point we had about a hundred families that we gave baskets to during the holidays until a donor offered storage space - this turned into the Kids Crisis Closet so that 24/7 - 365 days a year we could be helping families, not just during the holidays.
We house 1600 sq. ft. of clothes, toys, books, household items, linens,
furniture, Kitchen items , lamps, decorative items, baby gear, toiletries, and most anything you use in your home
Our primary mission is simple: We are getting kids and moms off of the floor and into beds. We provide immediate help to families in crisis situations. Your "extra stuff" can put a smile on someone's face!
Our motto is "GOT STUFF? PASS IT ON". We are run by volunteers and we GIVE people's "extra stuff" to those in need. We help Foster care families who are suddenly expanding, families moving out of the Abused Women's shelter (usually with just their kids and suitcase) and others in crisis situations in need of the bare necessities.
Family to Family is a non-profit charity dedicated to helping abused & neglected children. We strive to help Foster Care Families, those leaving the Shelter for Abused Women & Children and others in crisis situations.
Your "extra stuff" helps suddenly expanding families and those who are starting over with literally, nothing. We have placed well over 2,000 in beds and have helped furnish countless homes of those struggling to provide for their children and rebuild a sense of home & family.
Family to Family needs help and support through generous donations and volunteer work. Monthly rent for our space is $1,900 and utilities usually run at $150 on average. There are no salaries at Family to Family, we are 100% donor dependent. And remember: no donation is too small, we appreciate everything given to our organization from caring individuals like you! Thank you.
Donna has been volunteering with us for at least four to five years. She heard of Family to Family from Joyce Disharoon, another one of our volunteers. Donna felt that our organization was a good cause to donate her time to and especially loved that nobody in our organization takes a profit. Donna is very active in her church. She is native to Plattsburgh, NY and has been living in Naples for fourteen years.
Carol is originally from Rochester, New York. She is now retired and spends most of the year in Naples. Soon after arriving in Naples, Carol was looking for an opportunity to volunteer. She read an editorial about Family to Family Kids Crisis Closet and decided to phone Fran Bratcher to see if she could become a volunteer. She has enjoyed helping out once a week for about four years now.
"There are so many single parents and grandparents raising grandchildren that are going through difficult times. Family to Family Kids Crisis Closet is there for them. They take what they need at no cost to them. I'm happy to be a part of making their lives better."
Kathleen has been volunteering with us for one and a half years now. She contacted Fran after one of her four daughters saw a blurb in the paper about Family to Family. Upon visiting Fran's shop Kathleen's daughters knew she'd love to get involved and even got their children to help out. Kathleen soon after donated art supplies to the shop. Kathleen has been in Naples for two and a half years. She is originally from Belgium, raised her family in Chicago and has lived in California as well. She is now retired, an avid tennis player and teaches French at her grandson's school.