New initiative will benefit Older Youth Services program participants

Media Contact:
Meg Osborne
MEG & Associates
317-590-7522 or

Carmel, Ind. — April 21, 2021 —REALTOR Shell Barger and The Villages of Indiana announce a new partnership designed to support older youth aging out of the foster care system living on their own for the first time. Barger will support and facilitate donations of household items, such as furniture, household items, and appliances, for foster children in The Villages Older Youth Services Program.

Barger, a REALTOR with RE/MAX Ability Plus in Carmel, Ind., often works with people who are downsizing or redecorating when buying or selling a new home. Their furniture, kitchen appliances, television sets, and other items are no longer needed but are perfect for a young person just starting out. She says, “We all remember our first apartment. Going out on our own is exciting, but it’s also a little scary. Once you get that perfect comfy couch or hang up your favorite photos, it feels like home.”

A kickoff event is scheduled for Saturday, May 1 from 9 a.m. to noon, at the offices of RE/MAX Ability Plus at the Indiana Design Center, 200 S. Range Line Road, Unit 129, Carmel, IN 46032. Remarks will be made at 10:30 a.m. Attendees are encouraged to RSVP at with any items they intend to bring.

Millie McDonald, director of transitional and independent living for older youth at The Villages, said, “When these young men and women turn 18, life after foster care can be challenging as they work to make a successful transition into the adult world. This partnership will give the community a place to go to support donations to make the transition a little easier.”

Barger said. “When I learned about the kids aging out of their foster home, it pulled at my heartstrings. The Villages played a significant role in helping my family with foster services that led to the adoption of my beloved granddaughter. You can definitely say I’m passionate about supporting those in need at The Villages.”

To make donations to The Villages Older Youth Services program contact Shell Barger

Donors also have the option to buy new items via The Villages’ Amazon Wish List and have them shipped directly to The Villages of Indiana office on Meridian Street. In the gift, message add Shell Barger OYS initiative. Forward the Amazon email confirmation to with contact information for donor tax acknowledgment.

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Knife Set

Dish Set


Cutlery Set

Baking Sheets

Kitchen Towels

Oven Mitts



Measuring Cups &Spoons


Cooking Utensils

Mixing Bowls

Cutting Boards

Toaster/Toaster Oven


Large Trash Can

Broom and Dustpan

Kitchen Rug

Storage Containers


Bed Spread (Full Size preferred)

Bed Sheet Set (Full Size preferred)

Blanket (Full Size preferred)

Standard Bed Pillows

Mattress and Bed Frame (Mattress must be NEW, Full Size preferred)


Bath Towels

Bathmat / Rug

Shower Curtains & Hooks

Small Trash Can


Toilet Bowl Brush


Tool Kit

Laundry Basket

Iron / Steamer



Washer & Dryer

Computer Laptop



End Tables & Coffee Tables





Table & Chairs







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