Venice, FL – April 13, 2023 – Family Promise of South Sarasota County (FPSSC) is excited to have received a generous $4,000 grant from Plantation Community Foundation. Plantation Community Foundation has been a strong supporter of FPSSC since its inception in 2015 with annual grants to assist with emergency funds for families. All grant funds will be used to provide for emergency funding as needed by client families, as needs are identified by FPSSC’s staff. Examples of emergency funding use include the following: childcare expenses; car repairs and tires; driver’s license reinstatement and auto insurance; counseling; emergency shelter; clothing and shoes (kids – for school, adults – for interviews or job requirements); transportation (gas cards and bus passes); grocery gift cards; healthy snacks and drinks for children in the program while they are at the Agency’s Day Center; school supplies; storage unit costs; pet boarding; health care, dental, and optical services necessary for school and/or employment, including prescription medications; grooming and hygiene supplies; and diapers and baby wipes. There is no provision for direct cash payments to guest families. Funding these necessary expenses provides client families with items essential to their ability to achieve long-term financial and housing stability.
Jennifer Fagenbaum, Executive Director of Family Promise of South Sarasota County stated, “Funding, such as this generous grant from Plantation Community Foundation, is paramount at this time as the number of families in Sarasota County spending more than 50% of their income on housing costs per month continues to increase. With the help of this grant, Family Promise will be able to offer additional assistance with unexpected expenses such as car repairs or medical expenses to keep our families employed and going to school and daycare. We are thankful for Plantation’s continued support of our mission and awareness that these expenses can often be devastating for our families already struggling to make ends meet.”
About South Sarasota Family Promise
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 Plantation Community Foundation
Plantation Community Foundation is an organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of South Sarasota County residents by supporting organizations involved in social services, healthcare, educational, environmental, and cultural activities. Plantation Community Foundation is a 501(c)(3) and is funded through contributions and activities designed to accomplish the dual purposes of fund-raising and developing teamwork and a sense of community and mission among its members. Since inception, the formula of caring and sharing- “Making a Difference” – and having fun doing it, is still going strong. In 2021, the Foundation achieved the milestone of $3.2 million in aggregate giving thanks to our generous members and friends! For more information on Plantation Community Foundation, please visit https://www.plantationcommunityfoundation.org/