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 IMPOWER Receives Grant from Heart of Florida United Way to Expand Services for Homeless Youth at The Village

ORLANDO, Fla. (July 25, 2016) – IMPOWER is excited to announce the expansion of services at The Village, our Transitional Housing Program to include post-discharge case management and stability supports for homeless and former foster youth. The expansion was made possible through a grant from Heart of Florida United Way, Central Florida’s most comprehensive health and human services agency. The grant provides IMPOWER with $36,345 a year over the next 3 years (totaling $109,035).

Since 2006, The Village has offered a safe, affordable housing option combined with comprehensive wraparound supports for vulnerable youth between the ages of 18-23 in an effort to help them transition successfully to adulthood. The majority of youth served by The Village have aged out of foster care; however a growing target population is homeless youth with no family or supports. Through this grant, IMPOWER will have the opportunity to provide critically important ongoing voluntary case management and life-skills training to help youth maintain community living once they have exited the program and/or for youth who don’t qualify for youth and family services.  

“Although most of our young adults make steady progress towards goals and actively participate in life-skills classes while living at The Village, we have discovered they often struggle applying those skills once they are living on their own”, says Marcie Dearth, Vice President of Development and Director of The Village. “This grant will allow for continuity of services and help to ensure positive long-term outcomes and successes for our youth.”

“Through our investing in results approach, we assess community needs, discover priorities and set strategies that focus on long-term results,” said Heart of Florida United Way president and CEO Robert H. Brown. “The organizations and programs we fund are selected because of the sustainable contributions they can make to the community.”

IMPOWER is just one of the recipients of grants from Heart of Florida United Way. Last year, it raised and managed $26.1 million throughout Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties. HFUW is working to advance the common good by focusing on education, income, health and basic needs. It operates United Way 2-1-1, Central Florida’s crisis, suicide and referral helpline; Volunteer Resource Center; Gifts In Kind Center; Emergency Homelessness Services; and the Ryan White Part B program, which administers more than $2 million to provide HIV/AIDS services and referrals. HFUW impacts more than 600,000 individuals annually through its direct service and funded programs. United Way partners with local businesses, government, other charities to increase awareness of local health and human service issues and to inspire hope, provide options and create possibilities for people in need. Visit www.HFUW.org  for more information, or call (407) 835-0900.

About IMPOWER

IMPOWER, a 501(c)(3) mental health and child well-being organization focused on inspiring life’s potential, has been serving children and families in the Central Florida community since July 1994. Service areas include Brevard, Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Volusia & Polk Counties. Our mission is to change lives by protecting, counseling, teaching and inspiring individuals and families to reach their full potential. Our programs are community based and focus on ensuring that all individuals served have the tools and support to attain independence and self-sufficiency.  We provide a continuum of behavioral and mental health therapy, foster care and adoption services, independent living and transitional housing for foster youth, and tele-health/tele-psychiatry services for more than 9,000 individuals and families annually. For more information about IMPOWER or The Village visit www.IMPOWERFL.org.

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