SARASOTA, Fla. – Major Ethan Frizzell, Area Commander of The Salvation Army, Sarasota Area Command, is pleased to announce the organization’s receipt of a series of major philanthropic gift in the amount of $2.5 million. This gift provides key support to The Salvation Army’s Quality of Life By Choice (QLife), aimed at providing opportunities to make choices for an increased quality of life and to achieve self-sufficiency for homeless in Sarasota County.
Mr. Arnold J. Simonsen is benefactor of the $2.5 million bundled gift, which includes current operating funds for the QLife initiative, future capital support and a bequest. Former CEO of Simonsen’s Inc., Mr. Simonsen retired from the Chicago area in 2012 and moved to Longboat Key. He quickly became a supporter of long-term solutions of the chronically homeless in the local area. Frizzell states, “We are extremely grateful for Mr. Simonsen’s generous support, which plays a vital role in addressing the long-term goal of reducing chronic homelessness in Sarasota.”
The Quality of Life By Choice model integrates behavioral science with evidence-based best practices of moving persons from homelessness to housing. The QLife framework meets the person, not the population, serves the person, not the problem, and focuses on reducing the days of homelessness to reduce the years. In addition, the framework allows the community to determine how many persons move from homelessness to housing through additional support. Mr. Simonsen’s gift also funds the Quality Life Center at The Glasser Schoenbaum Human Services Center, a foundation of case management, and catalytic direct service funds.
The QLife initiative is being carried out in a grass roots effort by a number of local citizens who believe reflecting the quality of community in the lives of others increases the quality of life for all. Mr. Simonsen’s gift will ensure the QLife framework will continue for years to come and will assist in obtaining additional funding required to provide these services.
The gift receipt was announced during the First Annual QLife Celebration Luncheon on November 10th at The Francis in Sarasota. In addition, a campaign initiative supporting QLife’s goal of bringing 365 persons from homelessness to housing will be unveiled in the near future. For more information regarding The Salvation Army and it’s QLife initiative, contact Major Ethan Frizzell at 941-552-5170 or Ethan.Frizzell@uss.salvationarmy.org
About The Salvation Army
Our mission is an international movement, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination. The Salvation Army has been serving in Florida for 125 years. The commitment of “Doing The Most Good” is fulfilled by connecting hope to opportunity for our neighbors in need. The Salvation Army, Sarasota’s favorite charity, is a reflection of the compassion of our community. For more information, visit www.salvationarmysarasota.org