Comfort Cases Founder Rob Scheer Presented with John F. White Alumni Award from the National Center for Children and Families
Nationally Recognized Foster Care Expert, Author and Nonprofit Founder Receives National Award for Advocacy, Volunteerism and Exemplary Service to the Community
Comfort Cases Co-Founder Rob Scheer Presented with John F. White Alumni Award from the
National Center for Children and Families
(Rockville, MD) October 2019…This Friday, October 18, the National Center for Children and Families (NCCF) will be hosting their Art of Community gala at the Silver Spring Civic Center where they will honor local and regional individuals for their advocacy, volunteerism and exemplary service to the community. As part of the ceremony, Rob Scheer, co-founder of Comfort Cases in Rockville, will be receiving the John F. White Alumni Award for his dedication, commitment and work in making changes in the foster care system and bringing dignity and hope to youth in foster care. The evening will be emceed by journalist and television personality Allison Seymour and feature performances by local artists and youth entertainers including Drew Olivia Tillman of NBC’s This is Us. In addition to performances, there will be food tastings, a silent auction and an awards ceremony. For more information, visit https://www.nccf-cares.org/artofcommunity.
“The National Center for Children and Families (NCCF) is thrilled to honor this distinguished group of truly remarkable individuals who have demonstrated time-and-again, their amazing and positive influence as community builders. Our mission is to ensure that children, youth and families receive the resources they need to become contributing members of the community and leaders such as Rob Sheer surely fit into what we are trying to achieve. We honor him for his unwavering commitment to children in foster care, his passion for change and his ability to bring communities together to help those in need,” said Rachel Poyatt Spassiani, director for communications, the National Center for Children and Families.
Rob Scheer and his husband Reece Scheer started Comfort Cases in 2013 as a response to their experience with their own adopted children from foster care who came to their forever home carrying what few possessions they had in black trash bags. Recalling being a teen in foster care, Rob recognized a troubling yet consistent trend: like so many youth in the foster care system their personal belongings are still put into trash bags. He immediately connected the trash bags with the instability, lack of self-worth, and fear that nearly 437,500 kids in foster care experience during this uncertain time in their lives. Since then, both Rob and Reece have dedicated their lives and time to traveling the country to better educate political, community and social services leaders about the “broken foster care system” and to spread the word about Comfort Cases and their mission to provide backpacks filled with personal items to children in foster care.