An interfaith Delray nonprofit gives hope to struggling families in their time of need.
In the same way it takes a village to raise a child, a local organization believes that sometimes it takes a community to rescue a family.
Hidden behind St. Vincent Ferrer Church in Delray Beach is the headquarters of Family Promise, an interfaith charity that provides shelter, food, necessities and life skills for homeless families in our area. To serve those in need, the organization relies on some 1,100 volunteers representing more than 20 host and supporting congregations in Boca and Delray—from Advent Lutheran to St. Paul’s Episcopal to Temple Beth El.
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Mark Wasserman and his wife, Sue Gurland, with several of the collections boxes decorated by area children at home in Boca Raton.
A Boca Raton man’s dream: To help the homeless
By Carlos Frias
Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
Posted: 6:10 p.m. Friday, May 11, 2012
His dream was so real, so powerful that Mark Wasserman couldn’t go back to sleep.
Boca Raton man collects change to help the homeless; project wins AARP award
By Lois K. Solomon, Sun Sentinel
6:22 p.m. EDT, May 24, 2012
Colorful cardboard boxes, decorated by children with markers and their favorite crafts, are finding their way to schools, religious congregations and community centers across the country, thanks to a middle-of-the-night brainstorm by Mark Wasserman.
By Dennis Culhane
Sunday, July 11, 2010
Last month, the Obama administration released a plan designed to end homelessness in 10 years. The goal reflects new optimism among academics and advocates that homelessness is not an intractable feature of urban life, as it has sometimes seemed, but a problem that can be solved. This belief is fueled by recent research debunking a number of long-standing myths about homelessness in America — and showing that many of our old policies were unwittingly making the problem worse.
1. Homelessness is usually a long-term condition.