Casselberry, FL – Dr. Phillips Charities provided a grant to Catholic Charities totaling $99,639.50 over a two year period. This grant covers a portion of the costs to add transitional housing to an existing assisted living facility for medically needy homeless men and women.
Pictured left to right: Catholic Charities of Central Florida Director, Gary Tester and Dr. Phillips Charities President, Ken Robinson.
The funds allow Catholic Charities of Central Florida to expand services at Pathways to Care (PTC) and launch a new program called Step 2. PTC serves homeless men and women, including veterans, who are recovering from illness or injury. The new program is housed in a separate living space at PTC in Casselberry where ten new beds will give homeless men the additional time and support they need to learn how to safely manage their chronic conditions and receive assistance to apply for benefits and secure permanent housing.
The program is offering hope to men like Donald who is learning how to manage diabetes and perform daily tasks after a recent amputation. He says, “I never had health insurance so I never went to the doctor. I didn’t know what to expect coming to Pathways to Care, but without them, I know I’d be on the streets. They are basically teaching me how to take care of myself and I’m also learning patience. It’s a big adjustment, but they’re helping me every step of the way.”
Without PTC, homeless men and women often have no choice but to live on the streets after being treated at a hospital. But PTC allows this fragile population to recover in a safe environment and also learn to become self-sufficient. While 90 percent or more of PTC residents are successfully connected with long-term housing, those who cannot work and do not have disability income have a difficult, if not impossible, time securing permanent housing.
“These residents are not likely to succeed or remain healthy if they are discharged to a shelter or return to living on the street. With Step 2, we are able to provide stability to the homeless men who fall into this category,” said Dawn Zinger, Administrator at PTC.
“Dr. Phillips Charities remains committed to helping others help themselves,” says Dr. Phillips Charities President, Ken Robinson, “We are proud to partner with Catholic Charities to increase valuable services for men and women, including veterans, in Central Florida.”
About Catholic Charities
The mission of Catholic Charities of Central Florida is to provide vital social services for people in need regardless of their religious, social, or economic background, to improve lives of individuals, families and the community.
About Dr. Phillips Charities
Once the largest citrus producer in the world, Dr. Philip Phillips left a legacy that has spanned several generations culminating in the establishment of Dr. Phillips Charities, comprised of The Dr. P. Phillips Foundation and Dr. Phillips Inc. These two distinct funding organizations are well known in Central Florida for their grant support to worthy capital projects and innovative programs of charities that address critical community needs, demonstrate the potential for ongoing community support, and have a significant, lasting impact on the community.