Homeless Tour Recap!

     We should all be very proud of our Homeless Assistance Center on Sunrise Boulevard.

     
Yesterday, about 25 citizens took  Tim's Tour of the award winning facility that has taken about 18,000 homeless people off the streets and coddled them back into civilization over the past 15 years. 

           
                                    the tourees


      The City has had difficult homeless issues for decades, and the shelter has not fixed the whole problem for sure. 


                   
                          Popeye - this morning on Sunrise Blvd.


     But the Center is putting a serious dent in the problem. The Center only admits homeless that are willing to get their lives together.

     The rules at the center are stringent - in by 7:30 pm -  working or preparing to work during the day. 

     Their "clients" each have a Case Worker, who gets to the bottom of the clients' issues. There are psychologists, medical professionals, and the like, but it is the life skills and needs that seems to make the most difference. 

                         

     They are fed well (except for the donuts!),


           

     ....they have a choice of lots of nice new clothes ( lots of shoes!), that boost their self esteem and make them more employable, 


              

   .....  and encouraged to read and learn computer skills.

     One of the most dynamic services is the dental facility. Here is one of the hundreds of before and after pictures that are worth a thousand words - 

                        

     We should all be very proud of our Homeless Center on Sunrise Boulevard !

     
 

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  • 2/22/2013 10:15 AM Dennis Ulmer wrote:
    The Broward Partnership for the Homeless has made a difference in the lives of the homeless. The Homeless Assistance Center is operated very well, and Fran Esposito, Chief Executive Officer, of the center and the staff deserve a lot of credit. The dental clinic is very impressive. A good smile makes all the difference in one's confidence. The center tries to meet all the needs of its clients to help make them self-reliant again and to try to make permanent changes in a person's life. They are a program that works for those who are committed to follow it. I have been to the center many times to visit and was on the original "Neighborhood Committee" when the center first opened. I have always found the center to be clean and well operated. It is more like a "campus", not an institutional like facility. Thanks to the Homeless Assistance Center Staff and to Tim for the tour.
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  • 2/22/2013 1:15 PM Boonie wrote:
    Tim Very important work being done there.Our family has adopted 3 homeless families over the years & have found it to be tough going on some occasions but very worthwhile for both sides to reach success. You do good things with this city. Proud of you, my tireless friend!
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  • 2/23/2013 3:38 PM Perkinsman wrote:
    How many of these "tourees" will become regular volunteers at the center????
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  • 2/24/2013 7:24 PM Mark Hensel wrote:
    I have to say that touring this facility changed the way I view the homeless for the better. I'm looking forward to volunteering and helping this life changing center.
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