South Gilbert Kumon Center Raises $5,000 for Local Non-Profit. Kumon Partners with Jose’s Closet to Host Adoptive Parent Training Seminar

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Local Kumon learning center teams up with non-profit to raise funds for needy foster children.

South Gilbert Kumon Math and Reading Center recently raised more than $5,000 during a two-day conference on the attachment and bonding of foster or adoptive children. The event titled “Healing the Heart of a Troubled Child” was created to help support Jose’s Closest, a local non-profit that provides foster and adoptive parents a place where they can obtain clothes and other items for their children

After learning that funding had been cut for clothing closets in the state of Arizona, Kumon Instructor Morgan Wehner who is also a former foster and now adoptive parent, contacted Jose’s Closet founder Wendy Esquibel to offer support. Wehner organized the conference and contacted Nancy Thomas to be the lead speaker. Thomas, has been a therapeutic foster parent for over 35 years, she speaks about attachment and bonding of children who have been abused. The two-day conference focused on how to attach to an adopted child.

“As a foster and now adoptive mother of four I have frequently used Jose’s Closet and was sad to hear state funding was cut,” said Wehner. “Many adoptive families are experiencing hardships and I wanted to find a way to help raise funds for Jose’s Closet. My passion is for children, in my home, in my class, and in my heart.”

Wehner worked closely with the Arizona Association for Foster/Adoptive Parents or AZAFAP to promote the event. More than 160 people attended, with all ticket sales and donations going directly to Jose’s Closet. The Kumon Math and Reading Center of South Gilbert, AZAFAP and Jose’s Closet were able to raise more than $5,0000, which will keep the clothing closet open at least another year.

Students visit the South Gilbert Center located at 139 E. Williams Field Rd., Ste. 108, Gilbert 85296, on Mondays and Thursdays for a half-hour per subject between 2:30-7:30 p.m., and/or Saturdays from Noon-2:00 p.m. Call the center at (480) 782-5432 to learn how daily practice and mastery of materials can increase confidence, improve concentration and develop better study skills in students.

About Jose’s Closet
Wendy Esquibel created the non-profit, Jose’s Closet, after Jose her 10-year-old foster son died of leukemia while in her care. As a foster parent she saw that often a child is placed in a foster home with only the clothes on their backs. Jose’s Closet offers foster and adoptive parents a place where they can obtain clothes and other items for their children. It also offers a place where foster and adoptive parents can exchange clothes, cribs, strollers, toys or other equipment.

About Kumon Math and Reading Centers
Kumon [Koo-mon] is an after-school math and reading enrichment program that unlocks the potential of children so they can achieve more on their own. Founded in Japan in 1958, the learning method uses an individualized approach that helps children develop a solid command of math and reading skills. Through daily practice and mastery of materials, students increase confidence, improve concentration and develop better study skills. Kumon has 26,000 centers in 46 countries and more than four million students studying worldwide. The company’s North American headquarters is in Teaneck, New Jersey. Visit

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