According to Cathy Calvetti, most people in this area do not realize that there are currently nearly 100 children in foster care from Vilas County, which is why she helped organize the Syndeo Foster Care Advocacy program for Vilas and Oneida counties.

Syndeo will hold a 15-minute informational meeting Monday, April 15, from 5:30 to 5:45 p.m. at the Walter E. Olson Memorial Library in Eagle River for anyone who would like to learn a little bit more about the program. 

Following the informational meeting there will be a 45-minute session meeting for anyone who wants to get involved.

Since Syndeo started in Vilas County this January,  18 people so far have attended the two training sessions held to help foster families by forming care communities.

These care communities, which consist of four to eight committed volunteers, surround, support and serve that foster family. Syndeo is always looking for more people to provide regular ongoing practical help such as one homemade meal a month, tutoring, childcare, transportation, laundry, yard work, prayers, and more.

So far, three families have signed up for help and program directors hope more will sign up soon.

“One of the challenges has been the size of Vilas County and that the families are spread out all over the county,” said Calvetti. “We could really use help throughout all of Vilas County, but especially in the communities of Phelps, Land O’ Lakes and Arbor Vitae. 

Calvetti said that this program not only helps existing foster care families, but will encourage and support others who may be willing to become foster care families so that our children will be able to stay in Vilas County.

For more information, contact Calvetti at (715) 479-3164 or syndeovilas@gmail.com.