Save the Family Foundation has received two grants totaling $200,000 to support its mission to help homeless families.
A $50,000 grant from the BHHS Legacy Foundation will fund a new Save the Family program to help homeless families transition into stable and permanent housing and address physical and mental health needs by helping individuals navigate the lengthy Social Security Administration disability application process.
In collaboration with Experience Matters, Save the Family will design a sustainable volunteer-driven model for the Helping Homeless Families SOAR project “that has tremendous potential to be replicated locally and nationally,” says Jacki Taylor, Save the Family CEO.
Save the Family has hired Tom McLaughlin from the Experience Matters Encore Fellows Program to manage Helping Homeless Families SOAR and guide development and implementation of the business model alongside Nicky Stevens, Save the Family chief programs officer.
Experience Matters matches experienced professionals with the diverse needs of nonprofit organizations. McLaughlin has more than 40 years’ senior-level experience in strategic planning and management in public and private-sector organizations.
The Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust has awarded a $150,000 grant to Save the Family Foundation to assist 100 additional homeless families with housing and services to help alleviate the regional backlog of families waiting in shelters to access services. The program helps homeless families quickly stabilize by moving them from shelters or emergency situations into housing, and then providing wraparound supportive services.
Taylor says the grant will be used for the organization’s Rapid Re-Housing program, a model that has successfully worked to reduce family homelessness in the Valley community and across the country. Through Rapid Re-Housing, Save the Family provides homeless families with help locating an affordable apartment in the community and provides assistance with move-in fees, utility set-ups and rental stipends that are stepped-down over time as the family increases their ability to pay for their own housing.
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