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For many of the residents introduced to our transitional housing and shelter, receiving basic needs such as food, shelter, and clothing is a priority concern.  Once these initial needs are met, we begin to explore ways in which to further bring hope, confidence, and happiness back in to their lives.

We rely on the generosity of our community members to help brighten up the lives of our residents in a variety of ways.  Here are a few examples:

 

Rewarding Progress

Gift cards for $10 – $25 to Publix, Winn Dixie, WalMart or Target.  These are used to reward the “Client of the Month.”

Baby Shower Basket

For expectant mothers, the inevitable life-changing event can be overwhelming.  Receiving donated pregnancy and baby items can help alleviate some of the worry.  Suggestions include a baby blanket, diapers and wipes, clothing, bottles, etc.

House Warming 

For clients who are moving into an apartment or home, procuring the necessary items can be a daunting task.  We forget, most who are homeless have little to no possessions.  Receiving a head-start to a stable, independent residence eases the transition from homeless to a home.  Suggestions include pots & pans, plates, bowls, & utensils, towels, sheets, etc.

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An example of Blessing Bags

Blessing Bags

Each night 45 individuals who would otherwise be sleeping on the streets of Ft. Lauderdale come to our Open Door shelter.  Zip lock bags containing small toiletry items – soap, toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant, comb, and snacks (raisins, small cans of juice, granola bars, trail mix) would be a welcomed gift.