Ruby Foster is a lovely young woman who works as a development manager for Miracle for Kids, a California non-profit which empowers individuals and communities to “be the miracle” for families with critically-ill children, by supporting the struggling parents and surrounding the siblings in that family with additional care and comfort.
The position of development manager at any non-profit organization is highly sought after and only a few Black women hold it. So, Ruby Foster is definitely a Black History trailblazer and the subject of this week’s Feel-Good Friday.
Foster is a product of a military background and was very active in sports growing up. Foster discovered non-profits after connecting with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. She discusses how she found a niche to suit her mission and purpose.
Foster explained in a clear and concise manner how Miracles for Kids is different from other non-profits working with similar missions. Foster also described her role as a relationship builder with both sponsor organizations as well as the local community.
Foster, who is a non-profit unicorn, could work anywhere. Her reasons for choosing to work alongside Autumn Strier (Miracles for Kids founder) and her unique imprint on the organization and her impact within her home community are explained.
Foster also introduced me to a phrase that I really liked: “If you can see her, you can be her.” Alluding to the fact that women, and especially Black women in unique roles have the power to inspire and instill vision in others that might not otherwise have occurred.
This has been my experience as a Black Yoga instructor, and it’s valid.
Representation does matter.
Miracles for Kids is there to help families who are struggling with the devastation caused by a child’s diagnosis of critical illness. Medical emergencies can cause a surge in bills. In fact, the bill increases. Miracle for Kids is there to provide light and water, but they also do much more. Foster clearly explained it:
We brought the discussion around to inspirations, and Foster’s parents are hers. Foster shows how hard work and purpose can be taught and how parents instill them into their children.
Foster’s work with families was highlighted by her radiant, bright smile and brilliant eyes when she spoke about it. Foster shared examples of archetypes and stories from Black History as well as patriarchal focus. The men in our families and communities matter just as much as representation.
Ruby Foster fulfills her mission and is making a positive difference in children’s lives one family at time. Miracles for Kids is fortunate to have her and it was a joy to interview her.
Visit miraclesforkids.org to learn more about how your talents, time or treasure could be used for Miracles for Kids.