Safe Children Coalition Youth Shelter staff members (from l-r) Alan Abernathy, Janice Sparkes, Charles Harris and Aaron Bellamy with the new van, purchased through a grant from the Roberta Leventhal Sudakoff Foundation

Safe Children Coalition Youth Shelter staff members, from left to right, Alan Abernathy, Janice Sparkes, Charles Harris and Aaron Bellamy with the new van, purchased through a grant from the Roberta Leventhal Sudakoff Foundation.

 

The Roberta Leventhal Sudakoff Foundation has awarded the Safe Children Coalition a $30,000 grant, which the nonprofit used to purchase a 2021 Toyota Sienna. Currently, Safe Children Coalition (SCC) has three vans to transport the children staying at its Youth Shelter to and from school, activities and appointments. However, one of those vehicles has high mileage and frequent maintenance issues.

The primary goal of SCC's Youth Shelter is to transition youth in need to a more permanent, safe living situation aimed at reunification with their family whenever possible. The shelter provides 24-hour access to a temporary safe-haven and corresponding support services, such as emergency shelter, food, clothing, educational services, comprehensive assessment, crisis intervention, individual, group and family counseling, service linkages, family reunification services, life skills development, case management, tutoring, and transportation to school, recreational programs and referral to aftercare services. The shelter serves approximately 200 youth annually in Sarasota and DeSoto counties.

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