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Episode 148 | How a blanket can bring a SMILE to a child in Foster Care Jessica Rudolph

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In this week’s episode of Fostering Change,  Rob Scheer talks with Jessica Rudolph, CEO & Founder of My Very Own Blanket.My Very Own Blanket is a non-profit organization started in December of 1999, dedicated to comforting children in foster care with a blanket they can call “their very own”, bringing them love, comfort and most of all a SMILE.  Her aspirations are to help spread more love, comfort and hope to children in foster care across the nation and around the world!

Named as one of the Sunny 95 Inaugural Event “20 Outstanding Women You Should Know” February 2008, she has also been named “Hometown Hero” by the City of Westerville and the Westerville Fire Division February 2010, She had the privilege of presenting a TED talk in 2016 at the TEDx Women’s Conference in Columbus, Ohio as well as receiving a Certificate of Commendation on behalf of the State of Ohio, from Ohio Secretary of State, Jon Husted, December 2017.  She most recently received the Kindness Award from Westerville Mayor Kathy Cocuzzi, December 2021.

Jessica is also passionate about being involved in another global service club called Rotary where she holds the honor of “Past President” of the Short North Rotary Club in Columbus, Ohio and has hosted 12 exchange students from 12 different countries while raising her children.

She is actively involved in her church, St. Mary Magdalene on the west side where she serves as a lector and Eucharistic minister and leads the Social Committee cooking meals for the congregation and community!

Jessica lives in Dublin with her husband and many animals, both domestic and wild, and has 3 adult children who were the catalyst to how My Very Own Blanket came to be!

Watch Full Interview:

Story Key Notes:

  • My Very Own Blanket
  • Jessica Rudolph’s Background
  • “20 Outstanding Women You Should Know”
  • “Hometown Hero”

You can find out more about Jessica by visiting:

Website: www.myveryownblanket.org

Instagram: myveryownblanket1999

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/myveryownblanket

Linkedin:https://www.linkedin.com/company/9405826/admin/

Twitter: @MyVryOwnBlanket

Learn more at https://www.comfortcases.org/