TROY — Foster Children in Troy, Dayton and the surrounding region are in good hands as 10 Allstate agents took time to serve at Isaiah’s Place, Inc. on Wednesday, Oct. 4. Along with donating an afternoon of their time to help the agency, Allstate business owners presented Isaiah’s Place with a huge check.
“It was so exciting to receive a check for $10,000 from Allstate,” said Shelly Calvert, director of business development for Isaiah’s Place. “Patty Rose from the Troy agency pulled a group of her associates together and we were the beneficiaries of their generosity toward our foster families and our birthday kids. It is amazing to see business professionals taking time out of their busy work day to become helping hands for the children of our community. We are truly grateful for this wonderful surprise!”
The money donated by Allstate will be used for two programs at Isaiah’s Place according to Calvert. Half will go to We Love Birthday Parties, an outreach program of Isaiah’s Place that spreads love through the simple joy of birthday parties to children with limited opportunities. The rest of the generous donation will be used to help launch a behavioral health program that will help foster families navigate through the wide range of behavioral issues facing children in foster care.
“Allstate is a company that believes in making a difference in the communities we serve,” said Patty Rose, owner of Patty Rose Allstate in Troy. “It is no secret that I truly love Troy, and I have invested in this community in many ways, but it was fun to help out at Isaiah’s Place and to give them a big check. I am really proud that my fellow Allstate agents came together like this. It’s not that hard to give up a few hours of your day to remember some of our most important citizens—our children. We had a great time together, we got a lot accomplished and we raised a significant amount of money for an agency that is doing important work.”
In addition, Troy Christian Schools was holding its community outreach program entitled, “Hike ‘n Serve,” where students help in the community. The Troy Christian event fell on the same day, so students were able to prepare a room with shelving that ended up holding all of the projects finished by the Allstate group.
“It was amazing timing to have both groups here on the same day. It was a coincidence that it worked out that way, but it ended up perfect,” Calvert added. “We had five of the hardest working girls from Troy Christian and they snapped together shelving and totally transformed a room into a beautiful storage space for birthday party supplies.”
As the Allstate group finished packing backpacks and birthday packages, the students carried them to the storage room and organized them. “It’s humbling to see people value what you do and actually enjoy helping you,” Calvert added. “It’s so nice to see Troy Christian teaching these kids to help and to see corporations encouraging their associates to give back.”
Rose said that Allstate has a Group Project Grant through the Allstate Foundation that will donate $1,000 for each agent that serves. She applied for the program and contacted her fellow agents, who jumped on board. Agents from Trotwood, Vandalia, Union, Beavercreek, Lebanon, Kettering, Englewood and Troy helped package birthday bags, make candy treat bags, pack backpacks for foster kids and create warm fleece tie blankets.
“It was a lot of work and it helped a lot,” Calvert said. “It’s funny to say, but we really were in good hands with those Allstate agents! They made a huge difference here.”
Calvert said foster families are needed in all communities represented by the Allstate agents, as well as throughout the region, due to the increased number of children entering the foster care system. Isaiah’s Place, which currently serves 14 counties, trains and supports foster families at its location in Troy, 1100 Wayne Ave. The agency employs nine case specialists, three of which are LSWs, and one clinical director who is Master’s level LSW.
For more information about Isaiah’s Place, visit their Facebook page at Isaiah’s Place Therapeutic Foster Care or go to www.isaiahsplace.com. To learn about We Love Birthday Parties visit their Instagram or Facebook page, or go to www.welovebirthdayparties.org. The office for both organizations may be reached by calling 937-335-3701.