The Power of 100 Warren County had its third quarter meeting Thursday to decide which local nonprofit would receive a hefty donation. My Father’s Closet, a nonprofit seeking to help foster and kinship families, was the lucky recipient of $14,400 donated by the members of the Power of 100.
This is an increase from the last quarter due to more members joining this quarter. The Power of 100 meets only four times a year to listen to three local nonprofit organizations speak, then club members anonymously vote on the organization they feel deserves the donation. When the votes are tallied, each member writes a check to the winning organization for the amount of $100.
The Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Black History Museum also presented to the club to try and receive funding, but when Detra Whiles spoke about her cause and the children in foster care, the Power of 100 found its winner.
Whiles told the story of how she got started back in December of 2020. Whiles said, “By February, we had a name, a location and a storage unit.” My Father’s Closet was started with the help of the Upper Cumberland Foster Closet which serves foster and kinship programs across the Upper Cumberland area.
The organization provides foster parents and kinship guardians with supplies, including clothes, beds, car seats, toiletries, baby items, feminine hygiene products, and more. Anything a new parent would need is provided.
“One woman got her five grandchildren, and she wanted each of them to have their own beds,” Whiles said. “We were able to provide them with five mattresses.”
Many foster parents and kinship caregivers are given children in the middle of the night and need immediate help. Warren County has a high rate of foster children so Whiles knew she needed to help. She partnered with Lacey Jones and together they run the nonprofit.
“We served our first family of five on July 5,” Whiles said. The organization also has five donation locations in Warren County.
“We take everything,” she said, “but no high heels and no underwear.”
If you wouldn’t provide it to your child, she said, it shouldn’t be donated.
Whiles said that they would use the money from Power of 100 to purchase more items and potentially hold events. She has an idea of holding a back-to-school event where My Father’s Closet could provide school supplies to the families.
“I am completely overwhelmed and humbled,” said Whiles, “Humbled is an understatement.” This is the first time My Father’s Closet has applied to present to the Power of 100, and they were lucky enough to receive the donation on their first attempt. The next Power of 100 meeting will take place in October with three more nonprofits presenting in hopes of receiving a donation.