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Why Help?

In 2017, we counted over 750 homeless individuals in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties. While this number is staggering, it's a breath of fresh air compared to the 1,015 homeless individuals we counted just two years prior. This epidemic in our area is diminishing thanks to the help of our generous donors. Just last year we were able to help more than 4,000 homeless and at-risk individuals. 

Building Campaign – Center Challenge

The unified Coordinated Entry approach to help people experiencing homelessness access homeless-specific resources and housing in a much more coordinated, efficient way is in in place. 

Most importantly through a community wide collaboration the new transition is directing people at risk and homeless to Opening Doors NWFL.  Each person is connected one on one with a case manager to a wide range of services including housing navigation, life skills, food, medical care, counseling, and connections to long-term community support.

The “Center Challenge” is space to serve these folks.  Opening Doors serves on average 30-50 households per day in a very limited space.  The case management team has outgrown our current home.  A new Coordinated Entry Center is needed to suitable complete assessments in a respectful and private setting.   A place where children can be at ease, wash up and have a snack while their family is seen by a case worker.  A center large enough to conduct community wide training and meetings. Or where triage survival supplies can be arranged and sorted.

Help us meet the “Center Challenge”.  Give Today. 

Our philosophy is to give hand ups, not hand outs. We want to permanently change the lives of those that are living, or close to living, without a home. Our programs are helping end the chronic homelessness epidemic that is happening in our own neighborhoods.

If you're tired of seeing people asking for money on the streets or living in unsafe conditions, it's time to get involved. 

Donation Tiers

BUS FARE

Help someone on the verge of homelessness get to work, the doctor or the store. Your donation will provide six bus tickets.

BIRTH CERTIFICATE

By helping someone get a copy of their birth certificate, you'll ensure they have the paperwork needed to register for assistance programs, sign up for utilities, and more.

FLORIDA STATE ID

A Florida ID card proves age, and identity and is required for many everyday activities, including staying at a shelter. An ID card is critical to achieve the next step of independence.

CASE MANAGEMENT

Provides four months of continued support for those at risk or newly housed to break the cycle of chronic homelessness.

1 WEEK MOTEL VOUCHER

Provides a week of temporary housing in a motel for families and individuals in housing crisis.

EVICTION PREVENTION

Provides immediate support to prevent an individual or family from becoming homeless. Covers past due rent and utility support.

RAPID REHOUSING

Pays for rent, deposit and utility connections.

I-CARE PROGRAM

House a street homeless person with intensive case management services. In two years this program has housed 28 chronically homeless men and women with a 82% success rate.