Blooming Place for Kids is committed to enriching the lives of foster care children who are at-risk due to neglect and abuse by providing a summer camping experience, which has a profound effect on self-esteem. Blooming Place for Kids’ residential camp promotes positive values and encourages teamwork, sharing and individual growth.
Blooming Place for Kids currently leases existing camp facilities for camp until property becomes available to us. Blooming Place for Kids need 100 acres to secure a permanent facility that will function as the heart of Blooming Place for Kids’ programs. These programs will include year-round retreats for foster children and their families, holiday camp for displaced foster children, and a foster care-to-self- sufficiency transition program. In addition, career training and college scholarship programs will be offered
FOUNDERS: Jan Horn 1950 - 2012
Jan Horn a single mother for 20 years worked in the Pinellas Co. Fl School system, Special Olympics and the YMCA. All giving her vast experience working with kids. Jan had a love for the under perlivaged kids she worked with. In 2000 she decided she wanted to fulfill a dream and start a program to help Abused and Neglected Children in the Florida Foster Care System. Jan wanted to provide programs to help the kids achieve instead of failing in life. To help them feel good about them self’s ,to build self asteam and confidence. To stop the circle of abuse. Jan’s dream was to start a summer camp were the kids could come be challenged and succeed giving them confidence in them self’s . Giving them a chance to open up and share their life experiences with other kids that have been threw the same experiences .
When Jan talked to family friends and community leaders to get ideas on how to acompolice her dream she was told that it was a noble cause but she was never going to be able to achieve her goal especially without start up funding. Jan one never to back down from a challenge no matter how large. Jan started asking for spair chaing In front of large chain stores. People must have believed in the need for such a program because with the money she raised in 2001 Blooming Place for Kids was incorporated. In 2002 BPFK held its first camp. The first year she had eight campers , 2003 had 32 campers and in 2004 she with the support of the community had over seventy campers with most of the same campers returning from year to year. BPFKS has held 11 consecutive camps.
In December of 2011 Jan was diagnosed with Brain Cancer and in DECEMBER OF 2012 WITH HER HUSBUND, CHILDERN AND GRANDDOUGHTER BY HER SIDE SHE LOST HER FIGHT WITH THE DESIASE THAT TOOK HER LIFE. Jan may no longer be with use but with the help of the community BPFKS can live on and provide the programs and support for Florida’s abused and neglected kids.