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A superb list is available from 211 at (click & then scroll down for "COMMON SEARCHES").
(please give corrections & additions for the list below to Carl House at )
(updated 9/14/15 15:14)


211 Helpline

Dial 211, The Center for Information & Crisis Services
Administration of programs related to information and referral, crisis intervention, suicide prevention, client advocacy, telephone reassurance and maintenance or provision of community resource databases. All assistance is via the telephone 24 hours a day/365 days a year with referrals to other agencies.
List of types of services available and links to them (scroll down for "COMMON SEARCHES").
211 Palm Beach/Treasure Coast Center for Information and Crisis Services , P.O. Box 3588 , Lantana, 33465 ,

Boca Raton Community Hospital 800 Meadows Road - Emergency: 911 - General Information & Administration: 561.395.7100 - Admitting/ER Registration: 561.955.4365

Boca Raton Police Department - Emergency Calls 911 - Non-Emergency Calls 368-6201


Boca Helping Hands, Inc.

Boca Helping Hands Inc., 1500 NW 1st Court, Boca Raton, 33432, 561-417-0913, Fax: 561-417-3763,,
Supplies food and assistance, including job mentoring and employment assistance, for the poor and hungry in the greater Boca Raton area.

Boca Helping Hands was founded in November, 1998 to help hunger and crisis situations for the most needy in neighborhoods of Boca Raton.

It provides hot lunches for the hungry, groceries for poor families and job mentoring to break the cycle of dependency. In 2003, over 26,000 hot means were served to the hungry, almost 5,000 grocery bags were packed for needy families and 58,000 sandwiches were consumed by low-income Boca Raton school children in after school programs. Annually, 27 tons of food is distributed to the needy.

Today, with many people a paycheck away from homelessness, the job assistance center helps break of cycle of poverty and dependence. Boca Helping Hands also provides limited crisis assistance with utility bills, medication needs, transportation and emergency shelter, often the margin of difference for a family's independence. More than 1000 people were helped in 2003.

Boca Helping Hands has 350 dedicated volunteers working with two paid staff members and an involved Board of Directors. Collaborative partnerships with Boca's religious institutions, The Red Cross, The Salvation Army and others insure the most judicious use of scarce resources.

Boca Helping Hands has launched a $1 million capital campaign to bring its many space needs into one location. Land for a 5,500 square foot building has been made available rent free under a long term lease and preliminary plans for the building have been drawn. Costs to construct and equip the new facility will total approximately $850,000. A new assistance fund will be established at $150,000.

In addition to feeding hungry and needy individuals and families in the Boca Raton area, the organization offers limited help in crisis situations with such things as utility payments, prescription drugs, emergency shelter and transportation. The funds requested from the City will be used to help serve the less fortunate in our area.

Boca Helping Hands, Inc., James Gavrilos, Executive Director.


CROS Community Food Pantries

The CROS Community Food Pantry in Delray is moving to its permanent location this week at the Neighborhood Resource Center! We are very grateful to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church for providing us space these past eight months! They have been very gracious and wonderful hosts!

The pantry will be CLOSED Thursday August 27 through Tuesday, September 1.

We will RE-OPEN Wednesday, September 2 with our regular hours 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm. We hope to expand hours in the future so it’s best to have people call 211 to confirm hours.

I’ve attached the updated flyer which you can post at your site along with a map.

People will need to bring photo ID, Social Security card and proof of income (i.e. approval letter for food stamps, WIC, HCD, pay stub, unemployment pay stub, etc.) If they have 3 or more in their family, they will need social security cards or birth certificates for each family member.

Our new contact information is as follows:
Community Food Pantry
141 S.W. 12th Ave.
Delray Beach, FL 33444
561-699-5113 (cell)
561-243-7630 (fax)

Food donations may be delivered Mon - Fri. 12:00pm – 3:00pm. Or call to arrange another time

Financial contributions can be mailed to:
CROS Ministries
301 South First Ave.
Lake Worth, FL 33460

Daily Bread Food Bank

Daily Bread Food Bank
426 Claremore Drive
West Palm Beach, 33401
Fax: 561-833-4819
Distributes food to churches and agencies.

The Daily Bread Food Bank provides food to approximately 800 agencies in South Florida (day care centers, soup kitchens & shelters, youth programs, food pantries, assisted living facilities, and rehab centers). In 2008 it distributed 22 million pounds of food and in 2009 expects to distribute 30 million pounds of food. It is part of "Feeding America" and expects to change its name to "Feeding South Florida".

The Isaiah Project is held each year in October and is its biggest annual collecting of food and donations from residents of South Florida. If your community group, your faith community, or you personally want to help, call Brian Bhelan at 786-258-4010 or email him at Brian can deliver boxes and signs to your organization to make it easy to collect food for the Iaiah Project.

Click here for their website: Daily Bread Food Bank . Click here for Pam Cahoon's description of how the food system works in our area.

Food for the Poor

"Share" program provides discounts on food

Suzanne Cabrerra said the "Share" program is a particularly good program for a church to operate because it can be done on their premises, requires no capital investment, and is a particularly good deal for those who are helped by it. It is a program made possible by the federal government who makes surplus foods available at much reduced cost.

Irene Allbright of First United Methodist Church of Boca Raton. described their use of the "Share" program as follows.

The program is operated in Florida from a location in Tampa.

Their program started in Oct 1994, at that time orders went to Episcopal Church in WPB and then to Tampa. In Feb. 1995 they were on their own for dealing with Tampa. Host sites send their orders to Tampa. Tampa sends food to distribution sites. Nearby distribution sites are in WPB and Pembroke Pines. 50 people are enrolled at First United Methodist Church (off and on). Distribution day is once per month, and there are 3 opportunities to register. $18 is cost for a basic package of food, including vegatables, frozen meat, and grocery items. It is said to be half of market value. There are usually other packages as well, say steak or produce. A family can buy multiple basic packages, anything or as much as they want.

To take part in the program, the person who enrolls must do 2 hours of community service monthly, The next distribution day is Saturday Feb 25; trucks will leave at 7:30 for WPB and will get back 9:00 or 9:30 am. Volunteers arrive about 10:00 to bag the vegatables and fruits. This month this will happen in the 2 story building at rear of the church property. People benefitting from the program may pick up their food between 11:00 and 1:00.

Click here to read about how this program helps people in St. Petersburg..

PBC Community Food Alliance

FOOD DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM Your agency has FREE access to a boxed, refrigerated truck & driver!!! All you do is pay for the gas and provide loaders. Mission: To greatly improve food supplies to nonprofits agencies throughout Palm Beach County by providing easy and inexpensive access to a Refrigerated box truck and qualified driver. How can agencies access the truck? An experienced driver is available with at least one week's notice. We can handle emergencies and short-notice needs if the truck is available. This project is coordinated through Dan Shorter and Northwood Baptist Church's Feed the Hungry Program. To schedule the truck or to check availability, call Dan at (561) 820-4462 or (561) 741-3900 or (561) 307-6337 or e-mail Agencies will need to fax a copy of their 501 C (3) to (561) 820-3735 or (561) 741-4080 or have one on file. If you need more information on the truck, call Terry Jurewicz at (561) 375-6652 or e-mail What do the agencies need to provide? An agency must pay for diesel fuel for the trip, and provide people to load and unload. For example, a round-trip to Stop Hunger in Miami has been costing $50, and requires the driver for 7-8 hours. The minimum fuel charge is $30 in coastal Palm Beach County. The charge for a round trip to the Glades, Broward and Martin counties is $40 and $50 to Dade and St Lucie counties. Rates are based on point to point not multiple stops which can drive the cost up. What has been accomplished so far? A 26-foot Isuzu truck was purchased in 2005 and is making four to five trips a week to Miami, Belle Glade and Pompano Beach, to pick up canned goods and produce from Stop Hunger and Farm Share, and to Goodwill in West Palm Beach to pick up SHARE food. The truck can also be used for other purposes such as moving furniture and clothes…it does not have to be food. Who pays for the truck? The money for the original purchase of the truck was provided by United Way of Palm Beach County, WPTV NewsChannel 5 and the Town of Palm Beach United Way. The ongoing maintenance is funded by United Way of Palm Beach County and The PBC Community Food Alliance coordinates the operations of the truck.

Food Stamps


BYLINE: SONJA ISGER, Palm Beach Post Staff Writer DATE: October 14, 2007 PUBLICATION: Palm Beach Post, The (FL) EDITION: FINAL SECTION: LOCAL PAGE: 1C MEMO: Ran all editions.

Info box at end of text.

Tens of thousands of people in Palm Beach County who are poor enough to qualify to get grocery money from the government aren't getting it.

In a recent national county-by-county analysis, Palm Beach County ranks among the worst when it comes to getting food stamps to those who need it, reaching only 29.6 percent of those whose income would qualify them. That means of nearly 181,000 qualifying residents, more than 127,000 are missing out.

Only five other counties with populations that top 1 million have worse records, according to a study released in August by the National Priorities Project, a nonprofit, nonpartisan research group that examines the local impact of federal budget policies.

Broward County is ranked seventh. About 25.6 percent of the income-qualified poor in Martin County get food stamps, but for a county with just over 100,000 population, that wasn't low enough to land it in the bottom 25 among similar-size counties. St. Lucie County had much better numbers: 42.8 percent of its income-qualified poor receive food stamps.

The news, while not necessarily surprising to those who dole out that money or work with the hungry, has spurred a renewed effort to turn those numbers around in Palm Beach County.

When it comes to feeding the hungry, the county simply can't afford to leave the money on the table, said Perry Borman, director of the Community Food Alliance, a group that collaborates with governments, charities and other organizations that work with the hungry.

"The data on food insecurity in Palm Beach County is frightening," Borman said. He points to a local survey conducted two years ago that revealed that one-third of households with incomes of $35,000 or less ran out of food before they had money to buy more.

Food stamps would help, he said.

Impeding factors

The Food Stamp Program was established in 1964 and is run by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

While there are other government food and nutrition programs, including the school lunch program, school breakfast program and WIC, the Food Stamp Program is the largest, claiming 1.2 percent of total federal spending and reaching 23.2 million people in 2004, the year examined by the study.

The state Department of Children and Families, which administers the program locally, is eager to work with Borman to figure out what is keeping people from collecting, said Alan Abramowitz, DCF's acting administrator in Palm Beach County.

What are the advantages? On average, qualifying Florida residents receive $99 a month, but benefits can run as high as $542 for a family of four.

So why aren't the poor getting the stamps?

There are many possible answers.

For one, it's not enough to be poor.

Even if your income falls within the Food Stamp Program's guideline -- up to $2,238 a month for a family of four, for example -- you may not qualify for a variety of reasons; those in the country illegally, for instance, would not. (Undocumented immigrants can receive food stamps for their U.S.-born children.)

"A lot of poor people can't get food stamps even if the need is significant," said Anita Dancs, research director at the National Priorities Project, where the study was conducted.

Then there's the matter of stigma.

The actual stamps have been gone for years, replaced by plastic bank cards that would seem to more easily blend in the grocery checkout line. Yet, Dancs said, shame still may hold some potential recipients back, particularly the elderly.

Finally, some people who qualify probably don't know they do.

Promoting the program

Locally, the DCF and the Community Food Alliance have crunched the numbers of food stamp recipients by ZIP code. They plan to target residents in Belle Glade, Pahokee, South Bay, downtown West Palm Beach, Mangonia Park, Lake Worth and Delray Beach -- areas where the number of poor is high and participation in the Food Stamp Program is low.

They plan to put up posters in supermarkets promoting the program and its benefits. They also are working with other social service organizations, hoping that if people come in for help from an agency, such as the Area Agency on Aging, counselors there can tell them they also qualify for food stamps.

And, thanks to a nationally recognized online application system used here, counselors could go on the Web and help qualified residents register on the spot, said Kathie Beeson, DCF community liaison.

Still, more research needs to be done, Borman said

"We've just started working on this issue locally," Borman said. "The good news is DCF doesn't want to be the worst. I think we're making a good start."

National numbers

Counties with populations in excess of 1millionand the percentage of qualified people who collect food stamps:

Rank County (state) Percent

Source: The National Priorities Project

Copyright (c) 2007 Palm Beach Newspapers, Inc.

December 7, 2007, New York Times Editorial, Holding the Hungry Hostage, editorial staff.

It is a travesty that the fates of some 35 million Americans who need food aid are tied to the farm bill, which comes up every five years. The House passed an inadequate version last summer, and the Senate has failed to advance its own. It is time to ask why feeding the hungry must include a trough for multibillion-dollar agribusiness.

As it has pressed to keep its subsidies, about $26 billion in the current bill, agribusiness has contributed $415 million to federal political campaigns since 1990, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. The hungry don't have much of a lobby. But those who cannot consistently put food on the table need the help promised in the bill, including more than $4 billion in improvements in the food stamp program and for emergency assistance. If the aid remains in the farm bill, and if it remains in a logjam, aid would continue at current, inadequate levels.

Food stamps regularly help 26 million people get something to eat. But the previous farm bill did not peg benefits to inflation, so as food prices have skyrocketed, families who were just barely getting by are now in a much worse place. Some 800,000 food stamp recipients — disproportionately elderly or disabled — are being told to make due on a minimum benefit of $10 per month. That amount has remained unchanged in 30 years.

As The Times recently reported, food banks and soup kitchens across the nation are being depleted by demand so overwhelming that the needy are being turned away, or given help so minimal, it is hardly worth the energy expended to get it.

Washington needs to do better. The Senate could start by rallying around the sensible legislation sponsored by Senators Frank Lautenberg, Democrat of New Jersey, and Richard Lugar, Republican of Indiana. It would replace crop supports with an insurance program to cover actual losses, and put the savings, potentially billions of dollars, to better use, including for food aid.

Or the Congress could make a bold statement and begin to restructure funding. It could get money to food banks faster if it came out of any bill but the farm bill.

The Bush administration has correctly opposed the excesses of the farm subsidies program, but it could do more. It could finance additional and immediate food assistance by dipping deeper into money culled from customs receipts to support farm and nutrition programs.

Since their beginnings, hunger relief and nutrition programs have been inextricably tied to helping farmers. That may have made sense once. But as recent maneuvers on the farm bill have shown, it no longer works.

Republicans — by far the biggest beneficiaries of agribusiness largess — are using the advantage of being a bare minority to try to attach a flurry of amendments on immigration, taxes and any other issue but the desperate one at hand. Farm state senators look the other way so a bill, warts and all, can get done.

They need to put America's hungry first.

Copyright 2007 The New York Times Company



Workforce Alliance

website for the PBC Workforce Alliance
Administrative Office
315 South Dixie Highway, Suite 102
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Telephone (561) 340-1061
Fax (561) 340-1062
561-340-1060, Gary Hawkins ext 2336, Rick Hemming ext 2480, Jerri Nicholson ext 2485, Maria Heredia ext 2308, Patrick Cannan ext 2368, Don Scanlan.
Professional Placement Network, 951 Yamato Road, Boca Raton, FL 33487, Mr. Gene Wheeler, 853-0181 ext 2015.
Overview of Palm Beach County Labor Market Information.


Family Central, Inc.

Family Central Inc.
3111 South Dixie Highway, Suite 222
West Palm Beach, 33405
Fax: 561-655-4575
Provides comprehensive, innovative services to nearly 70,000 children and families from all backgrounds, offering a combination of direct services and training.

Family Central, Inc. ; Programs.Name: QRS: Quality Program Payments ; FirstName: Barbara ; LastName: Weinstein ; Title: CEO ; StreetAddr: 840 SW 81st Avenue ; City: North Lauderdale ; Zip: 33068 ; Phone: (954) 724-3892 ; FundingGroup.Name: Early Care and Education ; Text40: (954) 724-3860.

Community Child Care Center of Delray Beach

Mission: Provides comprehensive, quality preschool and after-school education and services to eligible children/families, protective services (abused), low-income working poor, teenage parents, and refugee/entrants.
Scope: child care, toddler, pre-school, after school, with full educational curriculum and summer camp.
Community Child Care Center of Delray Beach, Inc. ; Programs.Name: Full Time School Age Programming ; FirstName: Nancy K. ; LastName: Hurd ; Title: Executive Director ; StreetAddr: 555 NW 4th Street ; City: Delray Beach ; Zip: 33444 ; Phone: (561) 276-0520 ; Website: ; Fax: 561-276-4561 ; Email: ; FundingGroup.Name: Youth and Family Support ; Text40: (561) 276-8189.


Samaritan Counseling Centers

Samaritan Counseling Centers are an interfaith program for providing pschotherapy services. Their services are offered on the premises of our church and twelve other Protestant churches in Palm Beach, Broward, Martin and Dade Counties (telephone 561-272-6322 or 954-463-2273). A therapist offers services at St. Gregory's Episcopal Church weekly: Sarah Kostrub (561-272-6322 ext 316). Contributions to the center enable them to provide services to those who could not otherwise afford them.

Samaritan Counseling Centers have two co-directors. Jane Collin leads development and administration. John ...... is clinical director.

Community Counseling Services of Boca Inc.

Community Counseling Services of Boca Inc.
9400 W. Palmetto Park Road
Boca Raton, 33428
Fax: 561-482-0701
Provides mental health counseling – individual, marriage and family.

Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous: 24 hour hotline: 561-276-4581 ; see websites for meeting locations and times.
South Palm Beach County Intergroup Association; 2905 S. Federal Highway, Suite #C-15,16; Delray Beach, FL 33483.
office hours: Monday-Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm; Saturday 10:00 am - 3:00 pm ; e-mail
North Palm Beach County Intergroup: 561-655-5700 :
Broward County Intergroup: 954-462-0265 :
for relatives & friends:
Al-Anon -
Al-Anon, south PBC: 561-278-3481
Al-Anon, north PBC: 561-882-0308

Boca Raton Interfaith in Action

Boca Raton Interfaith in Action
3998 FAU Blvd., Suite 307
Boca Raton, 33431
Fax: 561-416-7213
Maintains the dignity and independence of homebound individuals and family caregivers through volunteer care-giving services.


Family Promise of South Palm Beach County

Family Promise of South Palm Beach County 561-265-3370

Family Promise is a charitable organization that utilizes existing resources of local faith communities. Our churches and synagogues work together to assist children and their families that have become homeless in our community.

The program provides temporary shelter, meals, and support services. The goal is to restore the families to sustained independence.

Family Promise of South Palm Beach County (FPSPBC) has been serving homeless families with children in Palm Beach County since November of 2008. It is the local affiliate of the national Family Promise program founded in 1988. There are over 150 affiliates in 39 states throughout the nation.

Mission Statement: Believing that every child deserves a home, we exist to provide temporary shelter for homeless families in South Palm Beach County so that they can achieve lasting independence.

Boca Raton Housing Authority

Boca Raton Housing Authority ; Programs.Name: Pearl City C.A.T.S. ; FirstName: Judith ; LastName: Aigen ; Title: Executive Director ; StreetAddr: 201 West Palmetto Park Road Room 240 ; City: Boca Raton ; Zip: 33432 ; Phone: (561) 393-7913 ; FundingGroup.Name: Youth and Family Support ; Text40: (561) 393-7765.


Applying For Assistance

Applying for Assistance: It used to be that one would apply for assistance by going to the appropriate office and applying in person to a person. We understand that now one must apply on-line. That may not be easy for everyone so we see value in there being help in applying for people who don't have computer access or skills. We'll add information here when we find where this help can be obtained.

Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties

Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties
700 S. Dixie Highway, Suite 200
West Palm Beach, 33401
Fax: 561-832-6542
Serves the community with creative grants that address the rapidly evolving needs in Palm Beach and Martin Counties.

About the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties The Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties has been creating lasting value for our communities for more than 35 years. The Foundation accepts contributions from individuals, families, businesses, corporations and other foundations in support of community initiatives, special projects and permanent endowment. Income from endowment is used to make grants and award scholarships primarily in Palm Beach and Martin counties. Since 1972, the Community Foundation has awarded more than $74 million in grants to nonprofit organizations and over $4.5 million in scholarships to more than 1,200 students. For more information, contact the Community Foundation at (561) 659-6800 or visit

Amara Shrine Center – Shriners Hospitals

Amara Shrine Center – Shriners Hospitals
P.O. Box 30335
Palm Beach Gardens, 33420
Fax: 561-627-2103
Renders care for orthopedic problems, spinal cord, cleft palate and burned children at Shrine facilities.

American Association of University Women – Boca Raton Branch

American Association of University Women – Boca Raton Branch
8562 Duchess Ct E,
Boynton Beach, Fl 33436
President: Faith Campbell
Promotes equity for women, education and self-development over the life span and positive societal change.

MADD – Mothers Against Drunk Driving

MADD – Mothers Against Drunk Driving
Palm Beach County Chapter
1489 N. Military Trail, Suite 207
West Palm Beach, 33409
Fax: 561-689-1874
Mission is to stop drunk driving, support victims of this violent crime and prevent underage drinking.

ORT – North Palm Beach County Region

ORT – North Palm Beach County Region
3923 Lake Worth Road, Suite 109
Lake Worth, 33461
Fax: 561-964-3045
Enhances and provides for quality education resulting in productive employment.

Palm Beach Community Chest – United Way Inc.

Palm Beach Community Chest – United Way Inc.
P.O. Box 1141
Palm Beach, 33480
Fax: 561-655-1740
Provides funding for 42 health and human service member agencies in Palm Beach County.

Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation – South Florida Affiliate

Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation – South Florida Affiliate
P.O. Box 880
West Palm Beach, 33402
Fax: 561-841-0042
Affiliate of the national foundation dedicated to eradicating breast cancer as a life-threatening disease by advancing research, education, screening and treatment.

Contributions to Non-Profits by the City of Boca Raton

Boca Ballet Theatre Company, Inc.

To provide all area youth the opportunity and environment to participate in concert dance, and to provide the proper atmosphere and training for those suited to progress into professional dance careers; to provide the community with the highest possible quality dance entertainment; to make dance, theater and culture not only accessible, but an integral part of life in our community. The funds requested from the City will be applied toward general operating expenses.

Boca Ballet Theatre Company, Inc., Dan Guin, Executive Director, 7630 NW 6th Avenue, Boca Raton 33487, (561) 995-0709

Boca Raton Association of Delta Gamma

Boca Raton Association of Delta Gamma
6030 NW 68th St.
Parkland, 33067
Provides aid to the visually impaired.

Boca Raton Society for the Disabled/Twin Palms

Boca Raton Society for the Disabled
306 NW 35th St.
Boca Raton, 33431
Fax: 561-750-5596
Administers the Twin Palms Center for persons age 21 and older who are physically or mentally disabled.

An organization that provides a 5-day program for adults with disabilities in Boca Raton. The funds being requested of the City would employ a full-time teacher's aide to assist our clients and help to improve their ability to participate in the Center's activities.

Boca Raton Society for the Disabled/Twin Palms, Doreen A. Brittell, Director, 306 NW 35th Street, Boca Raton 33431, (561) 391-4874

Boca Raton Welcome Club

Boca Raton Welcome Club
839 Berkeley St.
Boca Raton, 33487
A women's social group that promotes friendships among new residents of Boca Raton.

Boca Raton's Promise - The Alliance for Youth, Inc.

Boca Raton's Promise – The Alliance For Youth Inc.
7 Royal Palm Way, #608
Boca Raton, 33432
Fax: 561-394-4161
Dedicated to improving the lives of youth in the greater Boca Raton area by providing access to resources needed to lead happy, healthy and productive lives.

Committed to: mentoring, protecting, nurturing, teaching and serving our youth. The funds provided by the City will create additional are experiences for youth, make Boca Raton's 5 Promises Checklist accessible to all citizens (3 translations), and maintain and expand Boca Raton's Promise Station (web site).

Boca Raton's Promise - The Alliance for Youth, Inc., Rita Thrasher, Executive Director, 7 Royal Palm Way, #608, Boca Raton 33432, (561) 395-3063

Boca Raton's Promise - The Alliaace For Youth BRP incorporated as a 50lc3 in l998 - as an affiliate of America's Promise Engages community members in identifying and addressing youth needs Focuses on five areas - remains flexible to address changing needs Currently convening 3 teams to address 3 concerns: Summer Youth Activities (Safe Places & Structured Activities) Mental and Emotional Health (Education and Awareness , resource development Character Development

Rita Thrasher Boca Raton's Promise 6300 Park of Commerce Blvd. Boca Raton, FL 33487 561-981-5330 561-981-5332

Boca Rehab Center

Boca Respite Volunteers

Boca Respite Volunteers
3998 FAU Blvd., Suite 307
Boca Raton 33431
Provides support and volunteers to the homebound and family caregivers.

Provides support and assistance to homebound individuals and family caregivers living in Boca Raton. Funding from the City will be used for the recruitment, training, and support of our volunteer services to the homebound residents and to training volunteers in providing respite to the family caregiver and their loved one. It will also go towards education of the volunteer and the family about the important issues in caregiving.

Boca Respite Volunteers (Interfaith in Action), Connie Siskowski, President, 3998 FAU Boulevard, Suite 307, Boca Raton 33431, (561) 391-7401

Boca Respite Volunteers, (BRV), is a service program that provides information, education, assistance and support to homebound individuals and to family caregivers. It represents a network of community agencies, religious organizations, and volunteers working together. All religious and spiritual traditions and practices are welcomed and respected.

Our goal and our mission is to enhance the quality of life of those we serve while helping them to maintain dignity and independence.

Volunteers provide crucial support services to people of any age and their families. They may be people who are recently home from the hospital and need help, or those who have chronic health conditions, or who are experiencing the effects of aging and fragility. Often those we serve are without friends or family nearby. It may be difficult for them to discover or access available services. They may have limited financial resources and be unable to pay for the support services they need. Without our agency and its volunteers, these individuals would have nowhere to turn for help.

BRV also serves and supports the family caregiver→those spouses, children, loving friends and others who, with dedication and commitment, provide support, assistance and care to loved ones who are ill or disabled.

Upon receiving a request for help, the staff of BRV schedules an initial home visit and assessment. At this time BRV links families to other valuable resources to maximize needed support.

Our help is freely offered to all regardless of age, race, sex, medical diagnosis, religious or ethnic background, living situation, or income.

Our History

Boca Raton Interfaith in Action, Inc. was founded by Connie Ford Siskowski after reading about Faith in Action programs. A nurse, Connie had personally witnessed the struggles of people in the community. The first organization meeting was held at First United Methodist Church in August, 1997. Community members, agencies, and the Greater Boca Raton Religious Leaders joined together to develop a volunteer caregiving program under the umbrella of the Community Interfaith Coalition.

It was a labor of love and commitment. In 1998 BRIA received a $25,000 grant from the Faith in Action initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The City of Boca Raton also provided funding. This allowed BRIA to begin to hire staff and serve more individuals and families. In 2000, the Quantum Foundation awarded BRIA a grant to develop the "Comprehensive Family Caregiver Support Program". From Connie's original idea in 1997, Boca Respite Volunteers has become a growing and vital community organization.

Upon completing its fifth year of service, the name Boca Raton Interfaith in Action was changed to Boca Respite Volunteers in response to the word "Interfaith" being difficult for some, and the inability of people to rapidly understand what we do. A new name is only that; our spirit of caring remains constant. In 2005, the corporate name officially changed to Volunteers for the Homebound and Family Caregivers, Inc. thus permanently removing "Interfaith" from the official state documents.

Christ Child Society of Boca Raton

... provides layettes and other services for needy mothers-to-be at Bethesda Hospital, South County Mental Health Clinic, Mayan-Guatamalan Center and Migrant Association in Boynton ...

Junior League of Boca Raton, Inc.

Junior League of Boca Raton
Vegso Community Resource Center
261 NW 13th St.
Boca Raton, 33432
Fax: 561-620-2554
Organization of women committed to improving the community through effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.

An organization of women dedicated to improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. The funds contributed by the City of Boca Raton will offset some of the costs to run the Community Resource Center.

Junior League of Boca Raton, Inc., Dorothy MacDiarmid, Exec. Director/President, 261 NW 13th Street, Boca Raton 33432, (561) 620-2554

Lions Club of Boca Raton Inc.

Lions Club of Boca Raton Inc.
399 NW 35th St.
Boca Raton, 33431
Fax: 561-361-9357
Service organization that helps the blind and less fortunate.

Navy League of the United States, Boca-Delray Council

Navy League of the United States, Boca-Delray Council
P.O. Box 311
Boca Raton, 33429
Assists in the training and education of youth by supporting an active Naval Sea Cadet Corps and a Junior Naval ROTC at Boca Raton High School.

Rotary Club of Boca Raton Central

Rotary Club of Boca Raton Central
120 E. Palmetto Park Road, #100
Boca Raton, 33432
A local and international service organization dedicated to improving the lives of children.

SHHH of Boca Raton

SHHH of Boca Raton
18540 Hidden Way
Boca Raton, 33496
Purpose is to educate people with hearing loss so that they can help themselves to enjoy life to the fullest.

WIZO Ahava – Boca Raton

WIZO Ahava – Boca Raton
1150 Kane Concourse
Bay Harbor Island, 33154
Provides for the welfare of infants, children, women and the elderly in Israel through a comprehensive network of more than 600 institutions.

Zonta Club of Boca Raton Area

Zonta Club of Boca Raton Area
P.O. Box 3974
Boca Raton, 33427
Fax: 954-480-8955
International businesswomen's club that raises funds for charity and promotes the status of women worldwide.

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