When you care about your community you are eager to partner with others who also care. In this way there is strength in numbers and groups expand with a network of helping hands. Our communities reap the benefits of this network of many caring people.
On March 25th CES attended the 5th Charity Coalition Luncheon , hosted by the staff of the Church of Scientology at the Historic Fort Harrison Hotel, Clearwater FL. Many different groups were represented for an event where we collaborated with each other on best practices and shared many pearls of wisdom and of assistance to one another.
It was fantastic to be in a room filled to the brim with caring and productive individuals who were happy to meet and work with one another for the good of all! We look forward to further collaboration with the many good people we met. By working together we can surely make a difference!
Look at the list of attending charitable groups! WOW! Were we in Good Company!
- Ambassador for Change Mentoring Program
- Bluemoon 211 Inc.
- Boy Scouts of America
- Building Bridges Transitional Homes of Polk County
- Champion For Children
- Citizens Alliance for Progress
- City of Clearwater
- Clearwater Academy
- Clearwater Beach Rotary
- Clearwater Center for the Arts
- Clearwater Citizen Advisory Board
- Clearwater Downtown Partnership
- Clearwater Garden Club
- Clearwater Jazz Holiday Foundation, Inc.
- Clearwater MLK Jr Neighborhood Center
- Community Learning Center
- D1 Orlando
- DACC (HIV/AIDS Outreach specialist)
- East Gateway Community Garden
- Film Commissioner Tampa-St.Pete
- Foundation for a Drug-Free World
- Consumer Energy Solutions for a Drug-Free World
- Frank Crum
- Golden Age Theater
- Great Circle Studios
- Healthy Start Coalition of Pinellas
- Hispanic Outreach Center
- Homeless Emergency Project
- Jessup Communications
- Juvenile Welfare Board Pinellas
- La’Roc Management Group
- Leadership Pinellas
- Miracles Outreach CDC
- Mothers of Minors
- My Benefit Partners
- NonProfit Leadership Center of Tampa Bay
- Outdoor Arts Foundation
- PACE Center for Girls
- PAL Lealman
- Pinellas County Homeless Leadership Board
- PNC Bank Project Tarraform
- Public Defender Sixth Court
- RCS (Director of Grace House)
- Repper & Associates
- S.H.E. (She Helps To Empower)
- Sierra Club
- SWET For Success
- T.A.G. (Teens Achieving Goals)
- Tampa Bay Magazine
- Tampa Bay Veterans Alliance
- The Way To Happiness
- University of South Florida
- Visionary HR Solutions
- Washburn Academy
- Youth for Human Rights
The spotlight charity this month was RCS Grace House. They help families facing homelessness return to self- sufficiency. Families are the fastest growing homeless population in the United States and in Pinellas County. RCS Grace House provides dignified apartment-style emergency shelter, to homeless families with children, for up to two months. The program works one-on-one with families through case management, providing education, increasing job readiness, and helping families save money in order to secure stable housing. 90% of families who complete the program move to stable housing.
Food, clothing and household goods are available to residents. With room for up to 80 people, the facility consists of fourteen fully furnished apartments, a Computer Learning Center, Gillian’s Rainbow Room and Butterfly Garden, laundry room, and playground.
Residents must be able and willing to secure employment and take part in weekly life skills classes. Upon successful completion of the program, families are eligible to shop at RCS Thrift Store for furniture and household goods at no charge.
Throughout each week, volunteers assist with maintenance, tutoring children, life skills presentations, and other program needs. Volunteers are essential to the success of the program, and we are grateful for our generous volunteers!