Debbie is the one that brought me to the Coalition. Debbie had been a mentor to me at the Junior League when I first moved to St. Louis. She had just started as Development Director for the Coalition, and I was looking for someplace to dedicate some volunteer time. Debbie opened my eyes to all the needs of the foster children in the St. Louis area as well as the many services that the Coalition provided to foster children, foster parents, and the community at large. Through Debbie, I was able to become a founding member of the Junior Board as well as the Hope in a Handbag fundraiser. Ever since, my family has enjoyed being a part of the Coalition’s mission to find a place to call home for foster children. Together we work on Hope in a Handbag, Little Wishes, the Cinderella Project, Birthday Buddies, and now my husband serves on the Executive Board. We are so grateful to Debbie for bringing the Coalition into our lives so that we can help children to have loving families as we do. But most importantly, we are so grateful that we have become such good friends with Debbie over the past 14 years, and look forward to many more good times together.