Diana Kramer, co-founder of Set for Life, is a Local 800 Art Directors Guild Member who, after twenty years of working in the industry, became inspired to find a more impactful way to donate the tremendous volume of set dressings left over after every shoot. When she heard about a young foster teen, “J”, aging out of traditional foster care with, literally, only a trash bag of clothes as her worldly possessions, she realized the great impact the film community could have on these young kids lives. Diana teamed up with J’s Court-Appointed Special Advocate, Caitlin Bothwell, and, in October of 2016 we moved “J”,into her new home with help from Local 44 and 800 members, Strapped Rentals, and donations from jobs and Nest Studio Rentals.
Putting the apartment together was such an incredible experience for the donors, volunteers and foster youths, we decided to take this project to the next level and form Set for Life, a nonprofit whose mission is to transition foster teens and other at-risk youths into lives as happy, successful, fulfilled members of the community. As of March 2017 we will have created homes for 5 foster and at-risk youths. With help and donations from our film community and the public, we are hoping to continue this work with foster and at risk youth.
We are currently a volunteer only organization. We do not sell any of the donated items. All are stored for future move ins of foster and at risk youth. We are currently working with Heritage Group homes in Pomona, CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), and Safe Place for Youth in Venice. These organizations are helping us find the kids and place the donations in the right homes to make sure the youth receiving the most help are those who demonstrate responsibility, have shown a firm desire to improve their lives, have set goals for themselves, and have some adult non-family attachments/mentors who will help them during this transitional time.