Most foster children leave care with a large plastic sack on their shoulder, with all of their worldly possessions stuffed inside, and this is where Safety Net comes in. From a utility bill, to a bus pass to get to school and work, to food for their kitchen, to basic things like a toilet scrubber, these kids need it all. They have never had their own bed; we get them one. They haven’t taken driver’s education classes due to the cost; we help them with the fee. They have nothing to sit on or eat on, so we have them shop the Safety Net store of gently used items. They truly need the community’s assistance, and we are that local help. We are truly the “safety net” that keeps these kids from falling through the cracks. It’s our purpose to let them know they are not forgotten and they are not invisible. They are important and they matter. We meet them where they are. With us, they understand that we care and want nothing more than to see them succeed in life.
What is Safety Net InlandNW ?
SAFETY NET INLAND NORTHWEST’S NARK (Networking for At-Risk Kids)
In the 15 years since its inception, Safety Net Inland NW has provided, nurtured, and cared for children in the Inland Northwest who are aging out of the foster care system. However, Safety Net is only one piece of a much larger puzzle. The Inland Northwest offers various resources for at-risk children and families, but…
Safety Net Inland Northwest Helps secure a reliable car for Ricky!
When Ricky Lewis turned 18, he reached out to Safety Net Inland NW for the first time. After being in and out of foster care from age 12, he was ready to be independent and tackle life head-on — with some friends’ help. “I moved to Coeur d’Alene and was ready to move into my…
SAFETY NET Inland Northwest / North Idaho Collaborating for Kids
North Idaho Collaborating for Kids (NICK) is the inspiration of Safety Net Inland Northwest Co-founder Coleen Quisenberry. Quisenberry’s vision for NICK is to develop a network of North Idaho nonprofits and agencies that serve at-risk youth and families who can refer them to the appropriate organization when seeking services. “We are doing this because we…
Some Ways We Help
We help provide basic living items such as food, household goods and furniture.
We help get teens connected to the resources they need to have success as an adult.
We assist in normal education like driver’s education classes, all the way up to college assistance.
We are here to offer a level of support and encouragement that most teens from the foster system will not get after 18.
Thank you very much for your contribution to the foster youth and myself at Spokane Falls Community College. You have helped me in ways that have helped me in becoming successful. You have helped me with my rent and getting books for school. But the biggest way you have helped was paying for me to…
Thank you for the gas for my truck so that I could go see my brother who is still in care in the Tri Cities for Thanksgiving. It meant so much to both of us to be together for this holiday. Thank you
A few years back, you had given me a bed to help me get my own life started. I cannot thank you enough for the help I received. Back in high school, you helped me to pay for my DECA trips for two years. I wouldn’t have been able to go without you. Also, I…
I am presently a student at SFCC, where I am taking pre-med classes. I hope to attend Seattle University next year where I will major in pediatrics. I had a computer that was breaking down, I needed a new one, and there you were to help me buy one. I want to thank you so…
Hi, my name is Johnny. I’m 20 years old. I’m a foster alumni. I aged out of the system at 18 and I was still a junior in high school. At the end of my junior year, I moved out on my own trying to support myself and trying to graduate from high school at…
Safety Net InlandNW has been an amazing partner for Treehouse. They are passionate about helping youth in foster care, and they do such a wonderful job of connecting different organizations around Spokane so we all can be stronger advocates together. Safety Net has provided laptops, backpacks and basic need items – all for the purpose…
Thank you to our Sponsors!
Foster Care ends at 18. GROWING UP DOESN’T.
The Safety Net InlandNW Mission:
Safety Net supports former foster youth in their critical post-foster care years. That means helping them with the resources to stay in school, receive job training, and handle minor financial emergencies when they have nowhere else to turn.
of kids who ‘age out’ will NOT earn a college degree.
While the path each youth takes in unique, Safety Net is committed to helping our kids find their way. Consider this, you have been accepted to college, maybe the first in your family! For many of us, this is an exciting time! For those aging out of foster care, it can lead to more questions than answers. What will I do about housing? What if my books are more money than my financial aid? This is where Safety Net steps in.