(left to right Don Resler, SAKLC Foundation Grants Committee Chair; Megan Howell, Executive Director Second Heart Homes; Rev. Dr. Kenneth Blyth, Pastor SAKLC; Roger Arnholt, SAKLC Foundation President. , Photo Credit: Lori Sax
SARASOTA, FLORIDA, OCTOBER 27th 2022
The St. Armand’s Key Lutheran Church Foundation (SAKLCF) recently granted Second Heart Homes $15,000 to help refresh the appearance and landscaping of six houses that keep formerly homeless individuals off the streets and on a path toward recovery from mental illness.
Attractive landscaping not only makes a house feel like a home to its residents but improves curb appeal and protects property values in the neighborhood. The grant’s value will be enhanced by volunteer landscapers from St. Armand’s Key Lutheran Church and elsewhere in the community.
“The generous grant from St. Armand’s Key Lutheran Church Foundation leverages the gifts of time and talent that Christine Ortiz, a fellow church member, and other church volunteers she has organized, have given in order to lovingly upgrade the exteriors of our homes,” said Megan Howell, founder and executive director of Second Heart Homes. “It’s truly a community effort. We are grateful to have these funds to help us preserve neighborhoods and create a better quality of life for our formerly homeless clients.”
Second Heart Homes is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization dedicated to providing permanent housing, services and love to clients with mental illnesses that contributed to their homelessness. The organization operates in Sarasota and Manatee counties and partners with an array of service providers, community-based groups and individual volunteers. More information: secondhearthomes.org
Donations to SAKLC Foundation: https://www.saklc.com; follow the ‘Give’ Link