Milagro Center has been a Town of Palm Beach United Way partner agency since 2003. Their services empower at-risk youth in Delray Beach through the use of art-based activities and experiences. They encourage children and teens to “reach for the stars,” with the ultimate goal of motivating children, teens, and their families to succeed in their schoolwork and in their lives.
Achievement Centers for Children and Families has been a Town of Palm Beach United Way partner agency since 2013. They provide affordable quality care to children whose parents otherwise could not maintain their job or go to school. Their programs are designed to meet a child’s academic, social, emotional and physical needs; through toddler, preschool, afterschool, teen, adult and family programs.
Clinics Can Help has been a Town of Palm Beach United Way partner agency since 2012. They provide surplus medical equipment and supplies to financially needy patients, clinics, programs and schools in Palm beach County.
One program funded by the Town of Palm Beach United Way is The Lending Closet. This program collects and provides surplus durable medical equipment and supplies to clinics, programs and schools in Palm Beach County. This includes hospital beds, wheelchairs, walkers, shower chairs, nebulizers, oxygen concentrators and other equipment that is necessary for the safe recovery of many individuals.
Take Stock in Children has been a Town of Palm Beach United Way partner agency since 2006. They promote personal worth, self-responsibility and academic success for deserving low-income children by providing a unique set of resources including mentors, scholarships, long-term support, student advocacy and a guaranteed educational opportunity.
The Literacy Coalition has been a Town of Palm Beach United Way partner agency since 1994. They promote and achieve literacy through programs meeting the needs of children, adults, families and workplace employees who have limited English and reading skills.
One program funded by the Town of Palm Beach United Way is Literacy AmeriCorps. This program recruits, trains places and supervises up to 40 recent college graduates who provide a year of service as reading tutors, mentors, graduation coaches and college readiness coaches.
Adopt-A-Family has been a Town of Palm Beach United Way partner agency since 2000. They restore families with children in crisis to stability and self-sufficiency by providing access to all-encompassing services which include housing and quality after-school activities.
One program funded by the Town of Palm Beach United Way is Project Grow. This program is a licensed afterschool/out-of-school program that serves up to 60 children in kindergarten through fifth grade from formerly homeless and low-income families in Palm Beach County.
Opportunity, Inc. has been a Town of Palm Beach United Way partner agency since 1945. They offer affordable, quality preschool childcare, educational programming and parent support to low income families, single parent families and families in crisis.
One program funded by the Town of Palm Beach United Way is Early Childhood Education. The program for at-risk children delivers comprehensive early childhood education that prepares disadvantaged children to begin public school on an equal footing.
The Homeless Coalition has been a Town of Palm Beach United Way partner agency since 1996. They provide leadership in addressing and improving the quality of life of the Palm Beach County homeless through advocacy, planning, coordination, education and maximizing resources.
Children’s Home Society has been a Town of Palm Beach United Way partner agency since 1969. They protect and heal children by providing counseling, adoption, foster care and advocacy programs.
One program funded by the Town of Palm Beach United Way is Project 18 Mentoring. The Project 18 Mentoring program provides mentors for youth in foster care, ages 13-21, who need a trusted friend to guide them toward completion of their education and toward independent living. The program focuses on a quality mentoring relationship for at least 2 years that emphasizes educational achievement and the development of youth assets.
Shirlenna is a 17-year-old with significant medical challenges. She was matched with her mentor Gigi. The match has been ongoing for over a year, and Shirlenna has learned to advocate for herself academically and medically. Now, Shirlenna is asking the correct questions when she goes to doctor’s visits and knows how to ask for advice regarding her medical challenges. She is on target to finish high school on time, and plans to continue her education at Palm Beach State College.
How It Makes a Difference
The Project 18 Mentoring program is a one-on-one community-based mentoring program for youth in foster care, ages 13-21, in Palm Beach County. Mentors assist them with their independent living skills, education, personal and employment skills. The program recruits mentors for this program with the understanding that the commitment is for a minimum of 2 years. This allows guidance while the older youth transition to adulthood and independent living. The program adheres to a strength-based approach in the belief that youth at-risk have valuable strengths and can act upon them despite the tremendous challenges they face.
How You Can Help
To learn more about Children’s Home Society or to get involved please visit their website here.
Palm Beach Habilitation Center has been a Town of Palm Beach United Way partner agency since 1987. They provide employment, job placement, residential, education and training, recreation and retirement services for mentally, emotionally and physically disabled adults.