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Welcome to 
Adopt-A-Family's
E-Newsletter
February 2017

Thank You To All Who Made Tree Lighting 2016 Special

Thank you again to Penny Heller and Holly Maisto, Tree Lighting 2016 chairs, for your innovation, tireless work-ethic, and team spirit. 

On December 6th, 2016 more than 250 dedicated Adopt-A-Family supporters gathered for the 32nd Annual Tree Lighting Celebration. The event featured vibrant auction formats, elegant cuisine, a powerful success story, and news regarding the shared accomplishments between our one-of-a-kind supporters and the agency as whole. Year after year the event ensures the sustainability of Adopt-A-Family’s mission and core services.

 
For the first time in the events’ storied history, there were three Grand Benefactors. We send gratitude to Edward and Linda Edelman, Nancy Kyle and Jack Fraser, and The Edward L. Hennessy Jr. and Ruth S. Hennessy Foundation for the invaluable support. To the Tree Lighting Committee and all involved in the event's success, we cannot thank you enough! 
 

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Dedicated Project Grow Teacher Created a Community Garden from Scratch 

 

"A Determined Project Grow Teacher Created a Community Garden From Scratch - Instilling Life Lessons Along the Way." 

We took the opportunity to catch up with Evan Schoenly ("Mr. S"), a Project Grow teacher who transformed an empty lot to a beautiful community garden with the help of his incredible students. Evan took time out of his busy schedule to give us a detailed behind the scenes perspective on how the project came to life. 
"During summer camp, we began with small planters out of 2 liter bottles. We tried growing random stuff like mini carrots and radishes. It didn’t work too well, but the students showed a ton of enthusiasm and excitement. Their fascination sparked my goal to develop a meaningful garden space."
Click here to read more from Adopt-A-Family's new blog. 
 

From Wild Card Draw to Second Place Finish at the Great Charity Challenge 

 

Adopt-A-Family went from a wild card draw during the Great Charity Challenge (GCC) to a second place finish in this year's competition, resulting in $125,000 for the agency. 

We are humbled and honored to have been selected by such a talented team of riders. Special thanks to Sydney Shulman, Lilli Hymo, and Hannah Patten for your amazing team performance. In addition to the GCC results, The Ziegler Family Foundation awarded Adopt-A-Family a $5,000 grant in support of our work as a chosen charity through the Grand Prix Society.

Thank you to all involved with the Great Charity Challenge for the work you do to better our community. 

Family Success Stories 
Adopt-A-Family NSP2 success story, Nancy E., continues to thrive with an affordable place to call home. We recently caught up with Nancy to learn about her entreprenurial goals she is pursuing while also working full-time. She's exploring a creative process of writing inspiring messages directly on clothing apparel.

"Without an affordable place to call home, there is just no way I could dedicate any time to pursue my passion. Truthfully, it's the #1 blessing I have in my life." -Nancy E.  

Click to learn more about Nancy's dreams. 
Robin reached out to Adopt-A-Family's Lewis Center office after being evicted and was living in her car with her young child. After completing her assessment, she was referred to Program REACH, our emergency shelter for families with children. During her stay at the program, Robin had a safe place to call home while she found a job to support her family and begin the search for a long-term home. 

Last month, Robin successfully transitioned to an apartment to call her own and is looking forward to many new positive changes in 2017!  Join us in wishing the family well. 

Adopt-A-Family Impact Corner


In the past year, Adopt-A-Family provided vital services to 2,167 families while ending or preventing an episode of homelessness for 635 families. 
   
Our Housing Stabilization Program prevented an episode of homelessness for more than 200 Palm Beach County families in the past year. 

Project Grow, Adopt-A-Family's innovative afterschool program, guided its students to a 98% promotion rate during the last school year. 

Program REACH, one of the few Palm Beach County shelter resources for families experiencing homeless, provided stability for 64 families in the past year. 
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