JFCS of the Suncoast Awarded Grants for Building Strong Families Program

The Giving Coast

JFCS of the Suncoast was recently awarded three grants for its Building Strong Families program. Building Strong Families, offered in Sarasota and Manatee counties since 2003, is a project geared towards keeping families with school-age children in the home safely housed in their present home by providing financial assistance and case management services because of a job loss or reduced earnings.

The grants include:  $10,000 from Truist Bank, $25,000 from the Virginia White Clark Memorial Fund at the Bank of America Client Foundation, for use in the Employment and Financial Stability program of Building Strong Families; and, $50,000 from the Siemer Family Foundation Fund at the Gulf Coast Community Foundation.

The grants will help JFCS continue to serve those at risk of homelessness because of domestic violence, substance abuse, divorce/separation, medical crisis, employment loss and other life challenges. The program is also geared at reducing school mobility among low-income students. Services include intensive case management, counseling, education, employment coaching and budgeting tools.

“Like many of the programs offered by JFCS, Building Strong Families relies on the generosity of donors and area foundations who understand the importance of these essential human services in our community,” said Ron Katz, JFCS Chief Development Officer. “By supporting prevention-focused programs, our donors help us provide the most appropriate services to individuals and families from across the region.”

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