It is our belief that all people have the right to clothing, food and shelter and that assistance with these needs should be given with full respect to the individual’s dignity. In addressing these needs for our community and throughout Palm Beach County, we offer and support the following programs:
- Back to Basics helps us twice a year provide clothing and shoes for children at the beginning of the school year and at Christmas time.
- The GMC “Boutique” is filled with donated clothes, towels, and travel size hygiene products for people of all ages and sizes. These items all come from individual donations made to the Center and is provided once a month to all families and children in need. Depending on donations we are able to provide many of the necessities that families are simply unable to afford such as a crib for a newborn or back to school clothes for young adults. Requests may take up to two weeks to fill.
- Community Partner for Department of Children and Families Automated Community Connection to Economic Self Sufficiency (ACCESS) which serves over 500 families each month from all over Palm Beach County, from Belle Glade to Boca Raton.
- Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) through United Way allows the Center to distribute food vouchers once a year to any individual in need.
- Grey Mockingbird Garden and other volunteers bring locally grown produce and food donations from Publix every Monday morning and at other times as available.
- Catholic Charities Angel Food SNAC program provides weekend meals to children enrolled in our Escuelita Maya After School program.
- Season to Share through the Palm Beach Post has recognized the Center for the past two years and families that have been nominated based on their unstable living situations. From this support and related donations, we are able to provide financial assistance to many others in the community. A committee of staff and volunteers reviews requests from clients, makes house visits, advocates for the client with landlords, and works with the families to ensure long term stability and self sufficiency through employment. Requests for financial assistance can be made at any time, but it is recommended to allow for a minimum of two weeks for review, needs assessment, and final decision. There is no guarantee for assistance, but when not possible, we will advise and refer to other local charities.
- Through the generosity and compassion of individuals, the Center has at times been successful in providing short term housing with host families for mothers and children in transition that suddenly find themselves homeless.