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11th of December 2020
Behind the Scenes at Tree Lighting
Adopt-A-Family’s 36th Annual Virtual Tree Lighting Celebration was unlike any in the event’s three-and-a-half-decade history. Even though our participants traded a night out (in formal attire, with music and fine dining) for a night in (in comfy clothes, with a livestream auction), our biggest fundraiser of the year ended up being a triumph! While the […]
6th of November 2020
The United Way of Palm Beach County’s Wide Impact on AAF
By Abbey Hartman, Shelter Services Coordinator for Adopt-A-Family The United Way of Palm Beach County performs important work in our community and supports organizations that do the same, including Adopt-A-Family. The agencies funded by the United Way form a collaborative network to serve all residents of Palm Beach County. Adopt-A-Family regularly partners with fellow United […]
25th of September 2020
Adopt-A-Family Earns 14th Consecutive 4-Star Rating from Charity Navigator
Adopt-A-Family recently earned a distinction that few organizations in this country can lay claim to — a 14th consecutive, 4-star rating from Charity Navigator. Adopt-A-Family earned the highest possible ranking from the reputable charity evaluator for adhering to sector best practices and executing its mission in a financially efficient manner. “Only 1% of the charities […]
8th of September 2020
In the Middle of a Pandemic: How Project Grow Evolved to Help Its Kids
Covid-19 may have significantly altered life as we know it, but it could not stop Project Grow. When the pandemic caused Adopt-A-Family to go remote, it meant that Grow staff could no longer see students face-to-face. However, the staff was determined to find creative ways to consistently invest in the lives of their kids. Throughout […]
16th of July 2020
How COVID-19 Changed the Way Adopt-A-Family Serves Clients
Before COVID-19 changed everything, service delivery used to be a family affair. Parents and case managers met – often for an hour or more – to talk about the family’s struggles, create budgets, and implement family action plans, while the children colored or played on the floor nearby. At Adopt-A-Family, our work has always been […]
1st of May 2020
Notes from the Field: Our Response to COVID-19
As an agency on the front lines of family homelessness, Adopt-A-Family has been working since the earliest days of the COVID-19 health crisis to respond thoughtfully, creatively, and rapidly to our community’s most pressing needs. Thousands of parents in Palm Beach County have no safety net – jobs have been lost or hours have […]
15th of July 2019
An Anchor in the Storm
“Through the ups and downs, Adopt-A-Family was my anchor in the storm.” Karla Thompson has weathered the many storms in her life with grace, determination, and gratitude. She was born in the Bahamas as the sixth of eleven children. Due to the limited educational system in her country, Karla left home when she was […]
25th of June 2019
Out of Reach 2019 Report The National Low-Income Housing Coalition recently released its 2019 Out of Reach report which reveals startling statistics on the current state of affordable housing throughout the country. Out of Reach documents the significant and growing gap between renters’ wages and the cost of housing in every county and state […]
24th of May 2019
Increasing Parental Engagement in Schools
It is well documented that children’s educational and social outcomes improve when their parents are engaged in their academic experience. Parent involvement is even more critical for very low-income children who often have to overcome additional obstacles including under-resourced schools and stressful environments. Studies show that low-income parents want to be involved in their children’s education, but language, transportation, cultural, […]
29th of March 2019
On the Table Results Show Hopeful Community
As part of a nationwide initiative funded by John S. and the James L. Knight Foundation, the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin counties (CFPBMC) spearheaded a discussion called “On the Table.” In October 2018, CFPBMC coordinated with local community partners who hosted in-person discussions on topics surrounding positive social change and exchanged ideas on […]