Venice, FL – February 15, 2023 – Family Promise of South Sarasota County (FPSSC) is grateful to have received a generous $2,500 grant from the Roberta Leventhal Sudakoff Foundation to purchase a brand-new washer and dryer for the Bridge Housing Program’s Day Center on Shamrock Blvd. The Bridge Housing Program is a 60–90-day shelter program where families receive housing and meals through the support of local church congregations while working with a case manager to set and work toward goals, take financial and budgeting classes, work toward permanent housing and build financial independence. The Day Center is a hub for the families to do their laundry, to use the computers for employment and school, and to shower.
Jennifer Fagenbaum, Executive Director of Family Promise of South Sarasota County stated, “With the help of this grant from the Roberta Leventhal Sudakoff Foundation, Family Promise was able to purchase a new washer and dryer for our day center last month. Often we take for granted the simple luxuries of having clean clothes or the ability to wash and dry our laundry. When homeless, parents do not have access to laundry facilities to clean their clothing which is a barrier for employment or job interviews and embarrassing for children at school. We are very thankful for this grant to be able to ensure that families have little to no barriers to success while in our shelter program, and that children will be able to go to school or daycare confident and ready to learn.”
About Family Promise of South Sarasota County
Family Promise is a national non-profit agency with 202 local affiliates in 42 states. Our local affiliate, Family Promise of South Sarasota County, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, seeks to help families with minor children who are in temporary need of housing. We provide shelter, meals, basic needs (clothing, toiletries, and personal items), case management, referrals, and resources to families in transition. Our mission is to provide housing support to children and their families in South Sarasota County and it is our vision to provide comprehensive services to ensure children and their families achieve lasting self-sufficiency.
About Harold C. & Jacqueline F. Bladel Foundation, Inc.
Established in 1997 in FL – Mrs. Roberta Leventhal Sudakoff and her husband Harry Leventhal relocated to Sarasota, Florida, from New York City in the mid 1960’s. Mr. Leventhal died in the late 1970’s. In 1982 Roberta married local developer Harry Sudakoff and together they supported many local organizations with contributions of major impact. Mr. Sudakoff passed away in 1991 and Mrs. Sudakoff continued to support projects to enhance the quality of life in Sarasota with a focus on making an impact with her gifts. Giving primarily for programs and capital projects in: the arts, community, education for children and youth, the environment, human services for families and seniors, and science. Scholarships also for local students with limited financial means so that they may pursue a higher education with the goal of not only achieving a meaningful career, but also helping their community.