Your Personal Strengths Are Enough
Joseph Shin is a volunteer for the Korean Foster Family Initiative. He has lived all over the world following his passions in fashion and apparel design. Shin is the founder and director of PRISMA Fashion Design School in Los Angeles, California. From 1999-2012, Shin was the Vice President of fashion retailer Forever 21.
"Having to create your own sense of home and belonging in new spaces is really difficult. Instinctively, I was drawn to KFAM and understood why an organization like KFAM is so important to Los Angeles, a city with one of the largest Korean immigrant populations."
Near the holidays for KFAM’s Christmas Gift Drive, we made arrangements to clothe other foster children. Most children, or any human being for that matter, feel loved when somebody else takes the time to choose and give them a personal gift— beyond the actual gift itself lays a message of love, a message that they are not alone and are cared for. I imagine that as the children unwrap their gifts they feel the compassion I feel for them; perhaps their faces show some signs of hope—a twinkle in the eye or a crevice of joy peeking through the corners of their mouths, reassuring them that beyond the past and this present will lie a greater future, if they choose to accept it.