DATE:  November 15, 2018

Contact: Marcie Dearth, 407-215-0095, ext. 211;


LONGWOOD, FL — On November 9, 2018, IMPOWER was honored at the 2018 Association of Fundraising Professionals’ (AFP’s) Central Florida Chapter’s “National Philanthropy Day Awards Ceremony & Breakfast” at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando Grande Lakes.

Vice President External Relations Marcie Dearth was called to the stage to accept the recognition of IMPOWER’s The Village Transitional Housing Program as an Orlando Magic Youth Foundation “Creating Change Honoree”. This honor is presented to nonprofit organizations that successfully strengthen and empower a specific demographic or population in Central Florida.

Since 2006, the Village Transitional Housing Program has successfully helped transition vulnerable former foster care and other unaccompanied homeless youth, ages 18-24, to independence and self-reliant adulthoods through supportive housing, intensive case management, employment, education and other support services. Located in Seminole County’s “32792” zip code of Winter Park, The Village offers 15 of the only 25 beds of transitional housing for homeless and unstably housed youth available in the tri-county Orlando area. Since inception, more than 250 youth have called The Village home. Last year, 88% of youth served transitioned successfully to permanently stable housing.

More information on the Village program, including volunteer and other needs, is available on IMPOWER’s website at

About IMPOWER, Inc.

IMPOWER, a 501(c)(3)organization, is a leading non-profit mental health, substance abuse and child well-being organization focused on “inspiring life’s potential”. IMPOWER has been serving individuals and families in the Central Florida community since July 1994. 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 with focus on ensuring that all individuals served have the tools and support to attain independence and self-sufficiency. IMPOWER provides a continuum of behavioral and mental health therapy, foster care and adoption services, youth inpatient substance abuse treatment, independent living and transitional housing for foster youth, and tele-health/tele-psychiatry services for more than 10,000 individuals and families annually.