It’s Beau, the Founder and President of Ace Rivington. In 2013, I moved to Carpinteria, California to start brand building and to grow my family. Along the way we were lucky to get to know Nathanael and Christina Matanick through our daughter’s school, Lou Grant.
The Matanick’s recently launched a successful Kickstarter campaign for their book “LISTEN: Stories We Carry With Us From House To House”, which is a collection of art, poetry, and inspiring stories from voices of youth who have experienced Foster Care.
May is National Foster Care Month, and we are partnering with the Matanick's to support their book launch, and would like to invite you to a book release party in Santa Barbara on Thursday, May 23, from 5pm - 8pm. With their book launch we are celebrating the stories that every foster child has to tell with our ears wide open.
As the Matanick's are foster/adoptive parents themselves, and have continued building on their family and a core interest in children affected by the child welfare system, it’s been exciting to see and learn more about the incredible 400,000 children who are a part of that world.
They published their book to tell the stories from the kids' perspective, raise their voices, and let these children know they are part of their own community. We are inspired by their goal to get “LISTEN” into the hands of all children/teens in foster care nationwide.
You can support by buying their book online.
In addition, 15% of proceeds from all Ace Rivington online orders from now through Sunday, May 26, will be donated to the non-profit Angels Foster Care of Santa Barbara.
Please use the code: ANGELS upon checkout.
Thanks for taking time to read this and we hope to see you at the event.
LEARN MORE ABOUT....
“LISTEN: Stories We Carry With Us From House To House”:
200 pages of profound stories, art and poetry that highlight the resiliency of youth who’ve experience foster care.
LISTEN. It's the cry of the unheard, the forgotten, the ignored. It' a call to be silent, to create the space to to put yourself in someone else's journey, to understand. We chose the title - LISTEN - because it's a reminder to pause and consider, rather than speak. To come along side, learn from, and just... listen. And to the the ones who've been overlooked: it's a reminder to speak. To the hurting and scarred, this book is for you. May you always know how strong is your voice and how important your story. Your life is for a reason and the world is waiting for you.
Directed & written by Nathanael & Christina Matanick, The ReMoved Films are being created with the intent to bring light to the often unknown subjects of Foster Care and Child Abuse/Neglect. The films educate those who are learning, while simultaneously identifying with those who understand all too well.
The Matanick's goal is that these films would serve as a key tool in raising up and training good foster parents, social workers, court-appointed special advocates, and the many other adults who interact with children in foster care. To that end, they encourage foster care related agencies and organizations to use the film in their training, outreach, and fundraising endeavors.
Foster Awareness Month
May is National Foster Care Month, a time to acknowledge foster parents, family members, volunteers, mentors, policymakers, child welfare professionals, and other members of the community who help children and youth in foster care find permanent homes and connections. During National Foster Care Month, The Department of Health & Human Services renews its commitment to ensuring a bright future for the more than 440,000 children and youth in foster care, and celebrate those who make a meaningful difference in their lives.
Angels of Foster Care Santa Barbara
Foster a Child, Foster a Future
Founded in 2006 by Meichelle Arntz, Angels Foster Care has placed over 230 infants and toddlers in stable, loving Angels foster homes.
Meichelle became involved in foster care by volunteering as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) in Santa Barbara County, where she learned firsthand about local foster care, dependency court and the challenges faced in providing foster care to approximately 500 community children, many under age three.
Meichelle was assigned two young brothers and followed them through seven placements in her first year as a CASA. Imagine these little children moving seven times in one year, living with strangers and having no family and friends to count on. That is what Jack and Sam experienced right here in Santa Barbara County. Their emotional, physical, and psychological health deteriorated. Meichelle realized that there had to be a better way, and now there is.