December, 2016 – HOUSTON, Texas – In the United States, there are currently more than 400,000 children living in foster care. DePelchin Children’s Center’s approach to caring for children integrates prevention, foster care, adoption and post-adoption programs to improve the mental health and physical well-being of children who are at risk of entering or are in the State’s child welfare system.  Today, DePelchin Children’s Center received a helping hand from mattress retailer Mattress Firm  and the Ticket to Dream Foundation with a $50,000 donation.

 “DePelchin Children’s Center is honored to have been chosen to receive these funds from Mattress Firm and the Ticket to Dream Foundation,” said Jenifer Jarriel, DePelchin President and CEO. “These funds will go a long way in supporting initiatives to improve the mental health and physical well-being of the children in foster care and the families who care for them every day.”

The donation from Mattress Firm and the Ticket to Dream Foundation will be used to provide services such as trauma-informed training for foster parents and in-home coaching and counseling to help children heal from past abuse and neglect. DePelchin provides an array of mental health and other support services, tailoring them to the unique needs of each child who enters foster care and helping children reach their full potential. Funds for the donation were raised during a Mattress Firm fundraiser benefitting the Ticket to Dream foundation, an organization that supports foster children nationwide. The event raised $1.2 million to fund therapeutic programs and emergency placement services that provide foster kids with mental health support and comfort during a difficult time.

“When a foster child enters foster care, it can be scary. They often leave home with just the clothes on their backs or a few items in a trash bag,” said Mauri Knowles, Community Relations Director at Mattress Firm. “We can help make this transition so much easier, while also letting kids know that their community cares.”

For more information about DePelchin Children’s Center and its efforts, please visit www.depelchin.org  

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About DePelchin Children’s Center
DePelchin Children’s Center believes that every child deserves to be safe and healthy. An accredited foster care and adoption agency, DePelchin serves the most vulnerable children and families in Texas and works to break the cycles of abuse and neglect. Our approach to caring for children integrates prevention, foster care, adoption and post-adoption programs to improve the mental health and physical well-being of children who are at risk of entering or are in the State’s child welfare system. Founded in 1892, DePelchin is a nonprofit organization with locations throughout Houston and across Texas and gratefully receives support from individuals, foundations, corporations, government grants and the United Way.

About Mattress Firm Holding Corp.
With more than 3,600 company-operated and franchised stores across 49 states, Mattress Firm Holding Corp. (NASDAQ: MFRM) has the largest geographic footprint in the United States among multi-brand mattress retailers. Founded in 1986, Houston-based MFRM is the nation's leading specialty bedding retailer with over $3.5 billion in pro forma sales in 2015. MFRM, through its brands including Mattress Firm, Sleepy's and Sleep Train, offers a broad selection of both traditional and specialty mattresses, bedding accessories and other related products. More information is available at www.mattressfirm.com.

About Ticket to Dream Foundation
The Ticket to Dream Foundation is a non-profit dedicated to provide hope and opportunity to foster children across the nation, so they can just be kids. Joining forces with local companies, communities and non-profits they work to ensure foster children have essentials like school supplies, properly fitting clothing and shoes and holiday gifts. They fund vital support services and enriching life experiences that allow foster children to heal and grow into their full potential. To learn more visit www.tickettodream.org