At the Homeless Coalition of Palm Beach County’s resource center, the Senator Philip D. Lewis Center, more than 360 individuals experiencing homelessness arrived seeking refuge and safety in the first 30 days it was open. Often, these individuals—who may be children, teens, or adults—arrive with everything they own in a garbage bag. Today the coalition hopes to provide each such visitor with a warm welcome that includes a simple, sturdy cloth tote bag or backpack full of the small necessities that may comfort a child or teen, or restore the dignity and self-respect of an adult.
The center—a one-stop resource for housing assistance and provisions for individuals experiencing homelessness—is but a piece of a larger 10-year plan to end homelessness in Palm Beach County. The coalition actively partners with the County and Homeless Advisory Board in pinpointing cracks in current programs and identifying the practical steps necessary to prevent and sustainably end homelessness long term.
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Zumba instructor Erica Pierce is widely recognized in the fitness world, but most of her clients know her by her avatar. While she leads students in her sweat-inducing Zumba sessions at her studio, her avatar leads cyber dance parties in homes throughout America in the videogame Zumba Fitness Rush for Xbox 360 Kinect. However, she attends the Have Hope Zumbathon in human form, working with a team of fellow instructors to lead a crowd of hundreds through her signature easy-to-follow, Latin-inspired moves without relying on pixels to provide her super-human endurance.
Proceeds from the event benefit the Rhea of Hope Foundation, which hosts the event in tandem with Her Campus at UCF. The Foundation aims to enhance fertility options for men and women with cancer who would like to become parents.
Don Campbell loved to cook from an early age. When he was 10 years old, he fed his family and developed his culinary skills. As an adult, Don kept an open table and would feed up to 40 children from the neighborhood at a time. After an earthquake struck Haiti in 2010, he and his wife, Kristen, were inspired to help people recuperate and sustain their lives. Gathering all $9,000 from their life-savings account, the couple partnered with a food-aid organization and founded Feeding Children Everywhere. Just 90 days later, they shipped the first 250,000 meals into Haiti.
Today, Feeding Children Everywhere mobilizes volunteers—from small groups to groups of thousands—who assemble nutritious meals for undernourished children. Since its inception, the organization has delivered more than five million meals around the world and filled the pantries of US public schools through its Love Local program.
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