About

       When children are placed in a foster home, they often arrive with only the clothes on their backs. Foster families accept these children at all hours, including the middle of the night, and attempt to provide a home to these children with their own limited resources. Financial assistance is provided but there is sometimes a delay between accepting children and receiving funds to help support them. 

       A community foster closet attempts to bridge this gap. We hope to act as a resource that foster families can quickly visit upon receiving a placement and get items these children need such as: clothing, shoes, carseats, and other basic needs, free of charge. Through the generous donation of these items from our local community, foster families will be able to use their own resources in other ways while the children are in their homes. 

      Seeking to follow Christ's example to love our neighbor as ourselves and to take care of orphans, the Upper Cumberland Foster Closet is a tangible way that people in our community can share their resources with others who will be greatly impacted by them.

Meet the UCFC Team

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Amanda Drake

Founder & Executive Director

"Hi! My name is Amanda. I am a wife and mom of 5 kids. My husband and I adopted twins out of foster care  in 2014, then had three more children biologically. I was a former high school math teacher and volleyball coach but having my hands full with children led me to stay home. I have since decided to homeschool, which has been great and provides flexibility for me to serve at the foster closet. 

I started the foster closet in June of 2019 after seeing the continual need of friends who were foster parents, one specifically being Autumn Weitzel. 

I am amazed at all that God has  done with and through the foster closet since it started and I know that so much more is in store."

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Autumn Weitzel

Associate Director

I'm Autumn. I live in Cookeville and currently have 6 kids. We have been a foster family for 4 years. While it has been challenging, it's been so rewarding as well. If you see me around town, I'm probably in gym clothes and driving a Transit! 

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Heather Gray

FP Support & Development Director

Hello! My name is Heather. I'm a wife to Marcus and a mother to three beautiful girls. Our older girls were adopted out of foster care in January 2019 and then we had our baby in June 2020. I previously worked EMS in Kentucky and then went back to college and became a high school Business & Marketing teacher. Since moving to TN in 2016, I have worked at CRMC and now a CEO at home. In 2019, I became a board member for the Heart Gallery of Tennessee. Also in 2019, I began volunteering with Amanda at the foster closet. Having been a foster parent in the past myself, it was a no brainer when Amanda mentioned that she was needing someone to be the Foster Parent Outreach Coordinator. I can't wait to see what God has in store for 2021!

Jennifer Bolin

Treasurer/Accountant 

My name is Jennifer. I am a wife and mother to five kids. I work at Wilson Bank & Trust. I have four nephews and three nieces who I love spending time with as well as a big family. I enjoy watching football, my kids playing sports, and hiking. 

I joined the foster closet team because it was my sister's passion and I wanted to support her. So I handle the finances and volunteer when I can. I have a deep love for children and a desire to see each child loved and cared for. 

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Maren Bader

Program Coordinator

Hi!  My name is Maren Bader.  I'm a wife and mom of 3.  In fall of 2019 I saw a post from the Foster Closet asking for volunteers and I've been volunteering ever since!  I haven't been a foster parent myself, but I felt a call to be a support for the children and families in the foster care community.  I'm so excited for the future of the Foster Closet and continuing to serve the Upper Cumberland.

"I needed clothes and you clothed me"

- Matthew 25:36

Our Mission

To provide materials and support to foster families in the Upper Cumberland Region.

 

Our Vision

To encourage and equip those who feel called to fostering by providing resources including material goods, support groups, education, and mentoring.

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