Nonprofit Helps Those Aging Out of Foster Care

by Carol Lee

Options are few for the young adults in foster care who typically age out of the system when they turn 18. Without structured support or accountability, many teens leave a difficult situation in foster care for an even tougher life on the streets.

Eric ’03 and Kara (Howe) Gilmore ’04 founded Immerse Arkansas in 2010 to meet a clear need in their city that few organizations were equipped to address. After completing his degree in international studies at Cedarville, Eric earned his Master of Social Work degree and is the organization’s executive director. Kara, a social work graduate, is a licensed social worker and volunteers with the organization. Before they started Immerse, they served as house parents at Second Chance Youth Ranch in Paron, Arkansas. The Gilmores now reside in Little Rock.

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