05/17/2023 Winning off the field by uplifting children and families

HopeWell is proud to be one of six foster care organizations across New England to receive grant funding from the New England Patriots Foundation, the New England Revolution Foundation, Robert Kraft, and the Kraft family.

As part of National Foster Care Month, Robert Kraft, the Kraft family, and the Foundations hosted an event at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough to celebrate foster parents and foster care workers. Foster parents and staff from the six nonprofits had the opportunity to enjoy some great food and be in community with one another.

Robert Kraft and President of the New England Patriots Foundation Josh Kraft spoke about their commitment to advancing equity in our society. HopeWell President and CEO Shaheer Mustafa then spoke, highlighting how meaningful it is for the Kraft family and the Foundations to be tuned-in to this issue and helping to raise public awareness about the need for foster parents in Massachusetts.

Patriots players joined in too — Ty Montgomery spoke about his mother who fostered 17 children as he was growing up and how that experience ingrained in him a focus on supporting children and youth in foster care. Patriots team captain Matthew Slater came to show his support for his mother-in-law, Denise, who talked about her lived experience in foster care and described the stability her foster family provided.

Use the arrows to see photos from the event below. You can also read more at WBZ – CBS News Boston or click here to see the press release on the New England Patriot’s website.


HopeWell’s grant will be used to support our organization’s data analysis capabilities. Each day, our team members work hard to provide safe, loving foster homes to children all over Massachusetts. But to continuously learn, improve, and adapt to best meet the needs of the children and families we serve, we have needed better systems to track and interpret data. This gift from the New England Patriots Foundation, the New England Revolution Foundation, Robert Kraft, and the Kraft family supports better outcomes for children experiencing foster care by adding data and analysis to our toolkit.

“Family is a loveline, not a bloodline.”
-New England Patriots #14 Ty Montgomery speaking about foster care