The Joan Rose Foundation was founded in October 2010 with the simple goal of giving impoverished children the opportunity to break the cycle of poverty. Through food, education, medicine, documentation, love, and support the JRF has been working tirelessly over the years to give each child an opportunity to succeed in life.
Early in 2012, JRF and Good Threads founder, David Palmer, realized many parents of the kids attending the JRF were hard workers and wanted to support their families, but just didn’t have quality job options. This realization led to the creation of Good Threads.
Providing quality dignified employment has always been, and will always be, the number one goal of Good Threads. Good Threads also donates a portion of its profits to the Joan Rose Foundation in the form of meals for the children who attend the JRF.
We recently sat down with Catherine Serrano, director of the JRF, to ask her what impact Good Threads has had on the Joan Rose Foundation:
“Good Threads’ employment of JRF parents has given our children more security and comfort in their home. I notice the kids wearing better clothes, showing up to classes cleaner, and needing less material things from us. I believe that the job security makes the parents happier and less stressed people, which enables them to be more attentive parents, thus producing happier children.
Food at the JRF is key. We know that in order for kids to fulfill their potential in the classroom they need good nutrition. When children aren’t eating real meals they can’t focus and they don’t have energy to absorb information. Providing breakfast and lunch ensures that our children are ready to learn and are developing properly. Good Threads’ provision of food allows the JRF to put more resources towards classes and the children’s emotional health.”
To date Good Threads has donated over 25,000 meals to the Joan Rose Foundation. The stability and comfort Good Threads has provided to the families of our employees is easy to see in their children. Without a doubt the Joan Rose Foundation wouldn’t be where it is today without the help of Good Threads.