Home should be a word, a feeling that is able to be achieved
by anyone with the desire and the dream.
We work hard every day to find people homes that they love, that meet the needs of their family and their budget. We can’t help but think about those that may look at the meaning of “home” a little differently. Home may be a hotel room, a friends couch, a tent in the woods or even a shelter. Home should be a word, a feeling that is able to be achieved by anyone with the desire and the dream. There is nothing more satisfying than getting a phone call from someone that started in a program for housing placement from homelessness and they have succeeded to a point that they are ready to buy a house.
What We Do
We partner with local agencies to help meet needs that may slip through the cracks of their budget such clothing, toiletries, tents, sleeping bags, gift cards, campground stays, bus passes, and train tickets.
We partner with other members of the community that may have the furniture or other items that they need.
Whatever we need to do to help these families, we try our best.
We hear a lot about needs from families that have hit temporary hardship and have nowhere to go.
Imagine having no family and raising a 13-year-old on your own. Now imagine that you have a medical disorder that requires surgery. Bills are tight as they are so disability coverage wasn’t an option. Out of work. The landlord isn’t concerned with your inability to pay and evicts you. What do you do? For Polk County, this is a real story. You live in your car, you live in a tent. You pray daily that your caseworker can find an affordable rental in a drug-free area that is safe for you and your daughter while you get back on your feet.
This is real. This is Lakeland. This is a problem.
We are working towards meeting these day-to-day needs as they arise through various events, products, and an annual banquet.
Did You Know?
Women’s shelters can’t take older children, especially boys?
There are no shelters for married couples, families, or single dads with daughters?
Investing in affordable homes that can be rented to transitioning residents with the option for them to purchase and become homeowners for maybe the first time in generations of family.
Open a Boutique
We would also like to open a boutique where these families can get clothing, furniture, and home decor when they are blessed with a new home.
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