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Discover Fauquier May 2018
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Prince William County native Rob Scheer
took Highland School youth by storm
during a recent assembly. Rob is the
co-founder of Comfort Cases, a 501(c)
(3) aiming to bring dignity and hope to
foster care youth by providing them with
a proper bag filled with essential and
comfort items during their journey to find
a forever home.
Rob's message was powerful. Having
entered the foster care system while
in middle school and finding himself
homeless at age 18, he recalled carrying
around his scant belongings in a trash
bag, which he hid before entering school
each day. Driven by a desire to succeed
despite a system that failed him, Rob
entered the military after graduation,
eventually becoming a successful
businessman. But his past returned
to haunt him nine years ago, when
he and his husband, Reece, took in
foster children--who arrived toting their
possessions in a trash bag.
"I realized that the foster care system
was still shattered," Rob says. "How can
we expect these children to get on the
right path if they carry their things in a
trash bag? Trash is disposed of, and
that's how the nation's 437,000 foster
children feel--that they are disposable."
Rob and Reece launched Comfort Cases,
and thanks to appearances on The Ellen
Show and other media opportunities, it
has grown into a national charity which
to date has shipped more than 30,000
cases across the United States and
Canada. What's inside each case varies
according to different age groups (babies
under age 2, youth ages 29, and youth
10 and older), but each child receives a
new pair of pajamas, a blanket (to wrap
around themselves and know they are
loved), and a book.
Rob encouraged the students to be
doers. "Our world is full of takers," he
says. "Your generation is going to rebuild
our shattered foster care system." To
learn more or to make a donation, visit
www.comfortcases.org.
Highland sophomore Evan Crowne
and Rob Scheer
~ Nancy Griffin-Bonnaire
Comfort Cases
Presentation Encourages
Highland Students
to Take Action
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