Volunteers Calah & Andrew introduced themselves to their Love Box family with a letter. It was during the pandemic, after all, and the Love Box had been matched and trained virtually. Andrew and Calah gave this couple what we share with you now: a cheat sheet to some Olympic Peninsula Family Adventures. This wisdom was hard won and collected among their friends, each sharing with the other what they had learned about how to have a good time, for a little bit of money while raising little people in a very wet and often chilly corner of the world.
The foster family that Calah & Andrew were matched with were very new. New to fostering. New to Port Townsend. New to parenting in general. Soon after being licensed, they were matched in the Love Box program, just as they brought two children into their home.
Here's the letter Andrew & Calah crafted. We hope you find some inspiration for your adventures with the families you serve, your grandchildren, and any young people in your life!
Let us introduce ourselves, we are Calah and Andrew, members of your Love Box team. We moved to PT when our son was 3 and our daughter was a baby. Our son is now 16 and our daughter 13. Our families of origin are in New England, so we had to figure things out and build our own support network in Port Townsend. We have put together a guide of places, activities, and other things that we have learned along the way. Hopefully a few of these things will be helpful for you.
Prepared for Adventure
One of the things we learned from a local nanny was to carry an adventure “Go Bag”. She always had a backpack with everything needed for adventure in Port Townsend. We tried to replicate it with our own. Here are a few things that we carried in it:
Structured Activities and Support