It is not often that we see families in the cold night shelter. Most of the time they take refuge in a car, or a friend's back porch, or an abandoned building: somewhere they can find minimal warmth, and a sense of security. They live in the shadows, so that they and their children won't fall prey to the predators who feed on distress.
National Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week
Opportunity, Inc. has teamed up with Boshamps to do a food drive! Drop off sites are Rick's Crab Trap, Boshamps, Vintage Title & Escrow, Sleep Center (Destin and Ft Walton Beach) and Apex Communications. The food will be distributed to needy families over the holiday season.
Low Income Housing Guide
The National Low Income Housing Coalition has released their 2013 affordable housing resource guide.
There are various community resources available for agencies and individuals in the Okaloosa and Walton counties.
Grant Opportunities & Writing Assistance
GrantWriters.com has a wide array of grants advertise and have an team of expert grant writers that would love to help you win! The even offer free consultations.
2014 FCH Legislative Correspondence
The Florida Coalition for the Homeless has defined its 2014 Consensus Legislative priorities.
Donna is used to abuse. She was abused by her father, then her husband, and finally her mother. She was staying with her mother after fleeing her husband last November, trying to get the pieces of her life back together. However, when her mother, who suffers from mental illness, threatened the safety of Donna's three boys.
This year on December 3, 2013 we will be providing packages of hygiene products, cleaning products, linens, food, household items, first-aid supplies, paper products, school supplies and children's books to the families that have recently transitioned into stable housing. We are excited to give back to our clients that have worked so hard to become self-sufficient. We are collecting monetary and in-kind donations to support this endeavor. We appreciate all the support Giving Tuesday provides to organizations across the country.
Our Shelter is in need of prepared meals for our families. If you, your church, or orgainization, would like to sign up to bring a meal to the shelter, please contact us at (850) 409-3070. Volunteers just drop the meals off at the shelter, no clean up is required.
We met David two days after his 11th birthday. He celebrated it in his car, with his mother and two small brothers. They had been living from parking lot to parking lot after his mother finally decided it was more dangerous living with her husband than out on the streets.
Hard Rock Cafe of Destin Provides Thanksgiving Dinner To Opportunity Place
Opportunity Place would like to express a special "thank you" to Hard Rock Cafe of Destin. They are providing Thanksgiving dinner for the residents of Opportunity Place this year.
Every little bit helps, and we thank every person who has donated for their support. We would especially like to thank the following people and organizations for helping us work towards meeting our goals.
+ Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation
+ BBVA Compass Bank
+ Emerald Coast Association of Realtors
The 2013 Point In Time Survey data is now available. The value of this data lies in enhancing our ability to meet the needs of our homeless and near-homeless populations, and plan more accurately for the future.
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