The Problem That the Neighborhood Assist Grant Could Help With
We have applied for the State Farm Neighborhood Assist Grant. This is why! Homelessness is a problem with many economic & social factors. Poverty, lack of affordable housing, uncertain physical & mental health, addictions, community & family breakdown. These are the facts: 2803 people are homeless in Broward County now. Wow!! 305 are children, 133 are veterans. Homeless people suffer from poor hygiene & health, lack of employment, low self-esteem, lack of dignity, stigmatization by the community at large. But Showering Love addresses these needs by providing weekly showers that instill feelings of self-worth. Grace, our mobile shower bus, is self-contained & handicapped accessible with ADA compliant shower & restroom, so no one is ever turned away!! Since Grace can travel to where our clients are, we can build & keep relationships with them. We connect to other resources: medical treatment, jobs, housing – all leading to self-sufficiency. We offer wraparound services, partnering with churches, synagogues, schools & government agencies to benefit our clients.
The $25000 Neighborhood Assist grant would help towards our goals to:
- Increase site visits weekly from 2 to 5
- Build a second bus
- Hire more employees to assist with the expansion of our services.
- Implement Phase II of Showering Love, “Loads of Love”, which will provide a washer and dryer so that our clients are able to wash their bedding, thereby decreasing health problems.
- Initiate “pop-up” health fairs in conjunction with site visits.
We make a meaningful impact on the homeless by providing safe, private bathroom facilities. We also provide sanitary supplies, new underwear, socks, shoes, clothing, business attire, smoking cessation aids. and bus passes. In addition, we offer help with resumes, mentorship by people in the community, haircuts, and tips for successful interviewing techniques. Other vital services that are less tangible are bridges to other resources such as health insurance, food banks, & educational opportunities. Our unique bus is fully self-contained with handicap accessibility, so we are able to serve our clients wherever they are. Last year, we served 2500 people, this year we plan to serve 3500. Because we visit the same sites on an ongoing, rotating basis, we can build trust among our clients. They know that we are non-judgmental & do not look down on them for their current situation, as some of us have lived on the streets ourselves; they know we have no agenda other than to give them a hand up. We are not there to enable, but rather to empower this under-served & vulnerable population. The State Farm Neighborhood Assist grant would go a long way toward helping us expand our services.
How can you help us achieve this? You can go to www.neighborhoodassist.com/entry/2023945 and vote. You can vote 10 times each day with just one click!! Vote every day through August 23rd!!