The Community Hope Center, whose mission is to provide assistance to all those in need in the community, has recently been awarded funds from the Jeff Bezos Day One Fund in order to help end family homelessness in Central Florida.
The fund awarded the Homeless Services Network, the lead agency for regional continuum of care, a total of $5.25 million in November for initiatives related to family homelessness, and in this first round of funding, $280,000 was awarded to four local organizations, one being the Community Hope Center. The other three organizations were Catholic Charities of Central Florida, Family Promise of Greater Orlando and Pathway Homes of Florida.
“We are excited to bring a Community Resource Specialist to our team to help navigate families away from entering the homelessness system. This person will be a critical part of our regional system of care and we are grateful for the opportunity to have this position based in Osceola County,” said Rev. Mary Lee Downey, CEO and Founder of the Community Hope Center.
The Day One Families Fund was started by Jeff Bezos in 2018 to issue annual leadership awards to organizations and civic groups doing compassionate, needle-moving work to provide shelter and hunger support to address the immediate needs of young families.
One of the principle strategies of the Community Hope Center is to walk alongside families to achieve their goals, and this additional funding will allow for an expansion of their team to accomplish just that for the families in Osceola County who are experiencing homelessness.
Positively Osceola congratulations the Community Hope Center, and thanks them for their passion, heart, and care for the community.