A Project and Programs for our Children
In 2015, a fellow non-profit (Okaloosa-Walton Childcare Services) recognized the need for children's activities within the growing Fresh Start's programs, and designated a $40,000 donation for this future project. Since that time, Fresh Start leadership has been working with the owners of a parcel of land adjacent to our housing properties.
In the winter of 2016, we finally made contact, and began negotiations that resulted in the purchase of that property, which closed in July 2017. While those negotiations were ongoing, our Fundraising and Grants Committee partnered with staff to submit applications for funding to both the Destin Charity Wine Auction (DCWAF) Foundation, and IMPACT 100 NWFL. While DCWAF declined to accept Fresh Start as a charity partner (stating that they did not want to dilute support to existing charity partners) we are anxiously awaiting our "site visit" from the team at IMPACT 100. Once they review our organizations programs, plans, and tour the project site, they will make a final funding decision in November 2017.
In the meantime? Our leaders, volunteers, and supporters don't sit back and wait. We got to work! Our friends at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church started saving collections from their Sunday School classes. Our friends at Crosspoint Church sent a team over to help cleanup and clear the lot so we would be "shovel-ready." Under the direction of our Board Project Manager, they spent three full days raking, lifting, bagging and hauling trees and debris.
We have since applied for a grant through Lowes, and will apply for funding through Cox Communications. We have letters of commitment and support from local churches who are raising money at Sunday School, and board members who are ready to kick in sweat equity and personal funds for any shortfalls. We are fully committed to providing our children a safe place to learn, play, and grow!
WITH YOUR HELP-OUR KIDS CAN BE KIDS!
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We are in need of friendly people who want to spend a few hours per week volunteering at our beautiful and busy Thrift Store.
We have lots of great folks, but because we are SO blessed with donations and shoppers we need MORE friendly people! More cashiers, more donation sorters, delivery drivers, etc. If you have time, energy, and a smile we can use you!
Volunteer Spotlight Barbara has gone above and beyond her calling as a new member of our Board. She has started strong with our Education Committee, and also kicked off the New Year for our resident's Life Skills Classes. Thank you for your hard work, time, and dedication to Fresh Start. You have already changed so many lives here and we cannot wait to see our Education Committee continue to grow and be a huge success due to your leadership!
Support Children & FamiliesOur Mission is to share love and compassion through a comprehensive educational, vocational, and economic housing program to help homeless families achieve self-sufficiency.
Fresh Start family featured in United Way's annual campaign video