Human Services

Richies Wish

Fostering Connections Through Play

aka Richies Wish

SHILLINGTON, PA

Mission

Richie's Wish was created to honor the memory of Richie Quinn-Delewski who passed away in 2018 at the age of 23 from complications of Cystic Fibrosis. Richie's Wish was created to provide toys and play spaces to children in foster care - a cause that was near and dear to Richie's heart. Richie spent almost four years in foster care prior to his adoption at the age of 14. In the year before he died he worked with a local foster closet to create programs providing children in foster care with access to new toys.

Ruling Year

2019

President

Nicholas E Delewski

Executive Director

Eleanor Delewski

Main Address

503 S STERLEY ST

SHILLINGTON, PA 19607 USA

Keywords

Outreach, Foster Care, Child Welfare

EIN

83-3216954

 Number

2610069147

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Foster Care (P32)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

Foster care agencies and providers are focused on providing services such as case management, family preparation, counselling etc. Most foster care organizations have an enormous work load and are struggling to meet the basic services needs of foster families leaving few resources to provide toys, play spaces or opportunities for family outings to children in foster care.

Our programs

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Angel Tree

Play Room Remodelling

Family Togetherness

Where we work

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What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

As an independent non profit we do not have the work burden of providing day to day services to foster families so are able to focus our energies on providing toys, Christmas gifts, fun play spaces for visits, opportunities for family activity's. These efforts are all designed to promote a sense of normalcy in otherwise unique family situations.

Our organization is working with local visits spaces to build playrooms that are designed to promote family bonding and a 'normal' family experience where parents and their children can play games together, enjoy a movie together and otherwise enjoy one another's company in a home like environment that is designed thoughtfully with the ages of foster children/youth in mind. At Christmas we provide an Angel Tree program, inviting foster parents to request specific wishes for their children and providing these donated gifts directly to the parents to be given to the children as "under the tree" gifts. We also work with local family entertainment providers and seek donations of tickets that allow foster families to spend a day together making memories. Many foster families are large and the cost of tickets for a large family may otherwise be prohibitive.

We partner with local organizations and/or businesses for time limited access to spaces for individual projects and seek volunteers to meet project goals.

Completion of playroom renovations. Number of foster families served.

In 2019 we renovated a playroom at Life House designed for families with tweens/teens. In 2018, before our organization was formally incorporated we partnered with a local foster closet to organize an Angel Tree project that provided gifts to over 200 children in foster care. In 2019 we have been able to provide tickets to Dorney Park, Reading Phillies, Dutch Wonderland and Roadside America to foster families.

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

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