Camps & afterschool programs offer a structured and safe place for kids to have fun, develop skills, meet new people, and connect to nature. Trying to place your kids in programs can be a challenge; this is where Fostering the Gap can help! We provide assistance to parents and caregivers of all children to help make the camp application process easier. We also offer scholarships to help pay for camp programs to those who meet eligibility requirements.
Stephanie Mack is owner of Account Mobility, a small accounting services firm in Chittenden County, Vermont. Most commonly, she works with small businesses to streamline their workflows and automate the mundane practices in accounting, often costing unnecessary overhead. Likewise, due to working with the foster care system in her home state, she has seen a need for workflow improvements in where the state's case workers cannot provide enough support to caregivers throughout the arduous process of getting children into after-care & summer specialty programs & stay a productive working foster parent. The process for multiple children is confusing for new caregivers & time consuming, when there is a different camp application & financial aid application for every specialty camp. She is working on making Fostering the Gap a state recognized name for foster families both during & after state care , underprivileged families & for those who just don't have the time to plan a fun summer, especially with multiple children in a household.
When not working on her business or as director of her non-profit, Stephanie spends time with her family including husband, dog, two step-sons, two teenage sons, two foster daughters and two year old daughter. For hobbies she & her husband maintain her 60 shrub blueberry patch & they are trying to create an edible landscape on their property.
Ellen has extensive experience in social work and a passion for her community. She graduated from University of Vermont with a Masters in Education and worked as an english teacher and then an assistant principal. She then decided to change her course and she attended University of New Hampshire, graduating with a Masters in Social Work. She is currently a mental health clinician with the Crossroads program at The Northeast Family Institute in Essex, and loves relaxing and knitting with her beloved dogs.
Roxane has been a life-long artist at heart. She graduated with an Art degree from Plattsburgh State College & ran her own wallpaper design studio for 25 years. She transitioned into applied arts by learning to design kitchens on CAD and spent 10 years working in the home interior design industry. Most recently she runs the showroom at a local tile wholesale company. She is most passionate about spending time with her grand kids, taking art classes & assisting where she can in the community.
We believe children of all backgrounds deserve the chance to experience the teamwork, adventure, and personal growth gained through summer camps.