Raintree House, a safe haven for abused and neglected teenage girls in foster care, is about to expand independent living services to participants about to age out of the program thanks to a generous grant from the Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust.
Since 1974, the Raintree House has provided shelter, warmth and safety to its participants. Funds received from the trust will go the newly created Oscar J. Tolmas Education Grant. The grant will provide participants ages sixteen and older to prepare for the workforce by teaching them additional skills needed to direct their career, complete applications and provide direct links to hands on training for entry level jobs.
“The Oscar J. Tolmas Trust grant will allow us to further develop our programming for at-risk teen girls who are close to aging out of foster care,” said LaShawna Schofield, Executive Director of Raintree Children and Family Services. “This grant will help prepare them for their future as an adult by equipping them with needed independent living skills and job training.”
Oscar Judah Tolmas died December 2, 2013, at the age of 93. The New Orleans native served as a Naval Officer during World War II. Upon discharge, he pursued several career paths, including law, real estate development, and horse racing. He served for several years on the LA State Racing Commission and as Chairman for four years in the early 90s. In 2013, he was honored by the Louisiana Bar Association as a 70-year member, having graduated in 1943 from Tulane University Law School.
The mission of Raintree Children and Family Services is to provide needed services to at-risk children and youth, encouraging hope and creating opportunities for growth and independent living. Raintree programs include: Raintree House, a group home located uptown where once abused and neglected girls (ages 11-18) live in a safe and supportive environment; Raintree Family Care, providing loving homes, stability, and encouragement to once abandoned, abused or neglected children; Raintree Family Service Coordination, facilitating a course of therapy for infants and toddlers (ages 0-3) with a developmental disability or delay and assisting their families in navigating the health care system. Raintree Children and Family Services is a United Way Agency. For more information on Raintree Children and Family Services, call 504.899-9045 ext 235.