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JFCS Receives Grant from the Athena Progressive Giving Circle of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County
A $10,000 grant from the Athena Progressive Giving Circle of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County will allow JFCS to provide financial assistance with work and school readiness needs, as well as household items for female participants and their children of JFCS’ OMAP program. Items such as employment appropriate clothing, back packs, schools supplies, and gift cards to local thrift stores allow program participants to become self-sufficient.
JFCS Opens Charlotte County Office for Operation Military Assistance Program
JFCS opens a new Charlotte County office located at 514 Grace Street in Punta Gorda, Florida on Monday, December 2, 2013. An expansion of JFCS’ Operational Military Assistance Program, the Charlotte County office will serve veteran families who are homeless or at imminent risk of becoming homeless. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with four JFCS staff available to provide assistance.
Open house Friday, December 20, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 (Noon). Refreshments will be served and guests will be offered a brief tour with the opportunity to meet with and ask questions of staff.
JFCS Receives $50,000 Grant for Building Strong Families Program
JFCS received a $50,000 grant from the Gulf Coast Community Foundation for its Building Strong Families (BSF) Program helping families in the North Port area seeking homelessness-prevention services. The Building Strong Families program, offered in Sarasota and Manatee counties, is a project geared towards keeping families safely housed in their present home by providing financial assistance and case management services because of a job loss or reduced earnings.
The grant will allow JFCS to continue serving those at risk in North Port for homelessness because of domestic violence, substance abuse, divorce/separation, medical crisis, employment loss and other life challenges facing families. Services include intensive case management, counseling, education, employment counseling and budgeting tools. Since 2008, the program has helped more than 410 North Port families remain in their homes and 800 children stay in place at school.
For more information about the program, call The Building Strong Families Coordinator at 941-366-2224