Huntsville, Ala. – The Kids to Love Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit, announces the Kids to Love Center, a multi-purpose facility to more effectively and efficiently meet the needs of children in foster care. The organization held a ribbon cutting at the property on Thursday, March 12, 2015. The event also launched a capital campaign for Kids to Love.
"For 11 years Kids to Love has provided what foster children need while they are in care," said Lee Marshall, Kids to Love Founder and President. "Our vision with the Kids to Love Center is to help them succeed when they are old enough to be on their own."
The Kids to Love Center, located at 140 Castle Drive in Huntsville, is made possible by the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Breland. It will include office and warehouse space for current Kids to Love operations and also boasts room to grow. The crowning jewel of the facility will be KTech, a workforce training initiative which will prepare foster children who are aging out of the system for work in industries from automotive to aerospace.
"Several months ago Louis and I began talking about ways we could partner together to help give young people the skills they need to go to work in the building trades and at companies such as Remington, Adtran and Toyota. I am excited about the difference this facility will make in our community," said Dale Strong, Chairman of the Madison County Commission. "Over the years no one has done more for our community than Louis and Patti Breland. They do so quietly and behind the scenes, without seeking credit. I am proud that this facility will bear their names."
Alabama State Senator Bill Holtzclaw has also pledged his support for KTech. "I saw Lee's vision first-hand as part of a local delegation to Tennessee where this program is working. By replicating the program here, we can reach the often forgotten foster children in our community by providing training and jobs to work in Alabama's manufacturing industry," says Holtzclaw, who is a former foster child himself.
After the ribbon cutting ceremony, the Kids to Love Center was dedicated and Mr. and Mrs. Breland hosted a VIP Champions for the Children reception. Grammy-award winning artist Bryan White performed for guests.
"Kids to Love has made a difference in the lives of thousands of kids in our community and Patti and I are thrilled to be able to support their mission," said Louis Breland. "Lee and her team will take this building and put it to use to help foster children and others get the tools and training they need to start a career and lead a productive life. Patti and I couldn't dream of a better purpose for this facility."
Kids to Love, incorporated in 2004, has impacted the lives of more than 175,000 children in foster care, and many of them live in the Tennessee Valley.
"Lee Marshall and her many volunteers work tirelessly throughout the year, providing supplies and support for children in need," said Troy Trulock, Mayor of Madison. "Dana and I are proud to support Lee and her Kids to Love foundation, because she is supporting the foster children in our community!"
Kids to Love operates eight programs, including efforts to place children into “Forever Families” through adoption. For more information, please visit Kidstolove.org.