Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Sarasota-Manatee, Inc. was recently awarded a $50,000 matching grant from The Venice Endowment Fund of the Gulf Coast Community Foundation to support the agency’s Building Strong Families Program. This grant provided a 1:1 match to a grant from the Siemer Family Foundation, which also contributed $50,000.
JFCS established the Building Strong Families Program in 2003 to prevent homelessness of families with children or a disabled family member. The program provides case management, financial assistance along with food and cash assistance to families at-risk of becoming homeless. The goal of the BSF Program is to ensure emotional and financial stability and self-sufficiency of families at risk of homelessness. Over the past eight years, JFCS has served 2,351 families and 6,499 children through the BSF Program. To date, 92% of individuals receiving services have successfully remained housed.
BSF services are offered at four community locations: the JFCS main campus on Fruitville Road in Sarasota; the Glasser-Schoenbaum Human Services Center in Sarasota; the South County Resource Center in North Port; and the United Way of Manatee County in Bradenton.
Additional information about the Building Strong Families Program and other services offered by JFCS is available on its website www.jfcs-cares.org