The Jim Moran Foundation Awards $250,000 Multi-Year Grant to Broward Partnership for the Homeless

Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Funding to Help Strengthen and Stabilize Homeless Families with Children

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - Broward Partnership for the Homeless, Inc. (BPHI) announced it has received a three-year grant totaling $250,000 from The Jim Moran Foundation. The funding will be used to support BPHI's Family Services Program, which provides homeless families with the tools, compassion and support necessary to achieve self-sufficiency and rebuild their lives.

"In the current economic climate, the need for services to the homeless in our community continues to increase, particularly for families with children," said Frances M. Esposito, BPHI's Chief Executive Officer. "Thanks to this generous multi-year funding commitment from The Jim Moran Foundation, BPHI is able to meet the specialized needs of homeless families and help them maintain a sense of normalcy and stability as they work to reacquire housing, employment and self-sufficiency."

Each year BPHI serves more than 1,200 homeless men, women and families with children at the Broward County Central Homeless Assistance Center/Huizenga Family Campus, a 200-bed emergency shelter facility near downtown Fort Lauderdale. Many of the parents that come to BPHI for assistance are new or young mothers who have experienced a dramatic life-changing event, such as the loss of a spouse, loss of employment or a catastrophic health expense, which led to homelessness. When the regular challenges of parenthood are combined with the additional stress of homelessness and shelter-living, many families are at a higher risk for instability, which can affect the health, well-being and development of the children.

"When my husband and I were first introduced to Broward Partnership for the Homeless more than a decade ago, we understood how important it was to not only meet the immediate needs of the homeless but to help prepare them for independence," said Jan Moran, chairman and president, The Jim Moran Foundation. "Now, with more and more children and families facing poverty and homelessness, it's critical that our community continues to find ways to stabilize and better equip them for brighter futures."

In addition to providing homeless families with emergency shelter, food and clothing, BPHI offers a variety of services designed to strengthen the entire family, including individual, couples and family therapy; family enrichment activities; peer-led support groups; and training to develop parenting skills and coping techniques. The Family Services Program is also integrated with other programs and services offered on-site, including primary medical and dental care, workforce development, mental health and substance abuse treatment, legal assistance and life skills training, to further assist families in transitioning from homelessness to safe, secure housing.

To learn more about Broward Partnership for the Homeless, Inc., visit http://www.bphi.org.

About Broward Partnership for the Homeless, Inc.

Broward Partnership for the Homeless, Inc. (BPHI) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to reducing homelessness by promoting independence and self worth through advocacy, housing, and comprehensive services. Since 1999, BPHI has provided more than 16,000 homeless individuals and families in Broward County with the opportunity to achieve dignified independence and begin to rebuild their lives.
 
About The Jim Moran Foundation


Founded by automotive pioneer Jim Moran, the mission of The Jim Moran Foundation is to improve the quality of life for the youth and families of Florida through the support of innovative programs and opportunities that meet the ever-changing needs of the community. The Foundation has invested more than $25 million in education, elder care, family strengthening, after school and youth transitional living initiatives since its inception in 2000 - with efforts currently focused in Broward, Palm Beach and Duval counties. Through a long-term Grant Agreement, The Foundation's significant funders are JM Family Enterprises, Inc., and its subsidiaries, including Southeast Toyota Distributors, LLC. It is located at 100 Jim Moran Blvd., Deerfield Beach, Fla. 33442. To learn more, visit www.jimmoranfoundation.org or call (954) 429-2122.