Koinonia Homes for Teens in Loomis has received the $10,000 Big Dream Endowment Grant from Soroptimist International of Greater Sacramento to teach laser cutting to girls in foster care. Koinonia, a residential program for foster youth, has used the grant to purchase a Universal Laser System laser cutter for its onsite Tech Center that is teaching foster youth in-demand job skills so they can compete with peers who have not experienced foster care.

“We are so grateful to Soroptimist International of Greater Sacramento for recognizing the amazing potential of the girls in our program,” said Bill Ryland, director, Koinonia Homes for Teens. “This laser cutter is an essential piece of equipment that allows our Tech Center to teach teen girls a viable occupation in the manufacturing, trades and engineering fields. Given all they go through at a young age, our young ladies are capable and worthy of an opportunity to achieve.”

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