During the season of giving Toho Water Authority (Toho) employees teamed up with the Central Florida Commission on Homelessness to raise funds for The Welcome Home Project. The non-profit organization seeks to match 129 home-worthy individuals in Central Florida with permanent housing by March 2018.

Throughout December Toho employees came together to raise funds through personal donations and internal fundraising efforts to reach their goal of $2,500. This amount of money guarantees an individual a permanent home and gives them a chance at a stable new life. A Go Fund Me account was set up for online donations and raffles were held throughout the month along with a “Hot Dogs for Homes” fundraising luncheon where all proceeds went towards the goal. At the conclusion of the campaign, a total of $2,871 was raised.

“None of the gifts we may be buying for our family and relatives will come close to the value and impact of contributing to providing a homeless individual with a home,” said Brian Wheeler, Executive Director of Toho Water Authority. “This is the true spirit of giving and hope during the holiday season.”

Central Florida Commission on Homelessness CEO Shelley Lauten said, “We are so grateful the employees of Toho Water Authority opened their hearts and generously supported 129 of Central Florida’s most vulnerable. This giving spirit speaks volumes about the organization and its commitment to community service.”

To learn more about The Welcome Home project you can visit www.rethinkhomelessness.org