Voices of Aspiranet

Ashley Furniture Helps Youth Build a Bridge to Independence

  • Why Not Now?

    "Why not now?" is the question Oscar and Olivia Motta's youngest son asked his parents about wanting to help foster youth. When their oldest child moved across the country to attend college, the Motta family knew it was the perfect time in their lives to fulfill their dreams to explore foster care...

  • Aspiranet’s New Look

    We are fortunate to sit in a special seat as Aspiranet staff. Every day we’re thankful for the amazing children, youth and families that we reach and for supporters like you who back our work. For 2017, we thought it was vital to share their stories on a platform as vibrant and dynamic as our...

  • Making the World a Little Better

    As a young couple with a toddler, Allegra and Joseph weren’t thinking about becoming foster parents, particularly for a teenager. But then they met Jamie. Jamie had been split up from her siblings and placed in a series of foster homes, attending 13 different schools. “We became foster parents to Jamie because we wanted her to have permanency in her life,” Joseph said. Allegra and Joseph loved Jamie unconditionally, helping her overcome her anxiety and...

  • Lasting Connections

    Chris Essary earned a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from California State University, Stanislaus, and began his Aspiranet career in 1987 as an Excell Center House Parent. During his three decades at Aspiranet, he has served in a variety of roles including Regional Director, Group Home Administrator, Director of Operations, House Manager, and Activities Director. Today, he is the Director of Aspiranet’s Residential Division. “We joke that if you work here two years, you’re going to...

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