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Press Release – December 5, 2012

WorldCause Foundation Visits Broward Partnership for the Homeless and Provides Grant

Broward Partnership for the Homeless

WorldCause Foundation is pleased to announce its recent visit to Broward Partnership for the Homeless , providing them with a grant to further their mission, reducing homelessness by promoting independence and self – worth through advocacy, housing and comprehensive service.

Data from Broward County states that on any given night there are 1,250 homeless individuals and families without shelter in Broward County.

Established in 1999, BPHI has operated the Homeless Assistance Center/ Huizenga Family Campus, which provides 1,200 homeless men, women and children each year with emergency shelter, food and solution-focused services such as case management, primary health care, behavioral health services, workforce development and family therapy. These services assist the homeless in reacquiring health, housing and employment.

Additionally, according to BPHI statistics the organization has provided more than 18,500 homeless individuals and families with the opportunity to rebuild their lives. During WorldCause Foundations tour of the campus, our organization was provided with a first-hand glimpse into the various programs designed to provide outreach. The first point of entry to the Center is the Health Screening Unit, where individuals and families are screened and assessed for medical, behavioral health, substance abuse, housing and employment needs.

The on-site Primary Health Care Clinic, operated by Broward Health, develops a complete medical history, provides physical examinations, screens for tuberculosis and other communicable diseases and evaluates the additional health concerns of each resident. Additionally, the Smiles Work! Dental Program helps restore the oral health of the residents and to repair dentition so it is no longer a barrier to seeking and securing gainful employment.

Some of the dental services provided on-site include: deep cleanings, fillings, extractions, restorative services, diagnosis and treatment of diseases, x rays and screening for oral cancer, and education about the importance of maintaining oral health. This program is vital, due to the statistics showing that dental care has been consistently ranked as one of the top unmet needs for the homeless population due to a lack of access to affordable dental care. According to BPHI, in 2011 784 patients were seen at the on-site clinic and 8,925 dental procedures were performed.

The campus provides a 57,000 sq ft, 200 bed emergency shelter situated on 2.7 acres near downtown Ft. Lauderdale. In addition to safe and secure shelter, BPH provides three nutritious meals a day to residents. BPHI's Workforce Development Program offers vocational assistance, training and education, job coaching, job placement and job retention services. This helps improve a resident's ability to obtain and retain stable employment.

WorldCause Foundation is grateful for this new partnership with BPHI and would like to thank everyone at BPHI for their time in giving us a tour including , Frances M. Esposito, CEO , Michael S. Long, Chief Development Officer and Christi Rice, Grants Manager.

The grant provided provides WorldCause Foundation with an opportunity to further carry out its intended mission statement, and will also help BPHI continue to provide outreach to those in the community who so desperately need it.

For more information on Broward Partnership for the Homeless, Inc. please visit www.bphi.org.