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Press Release – December 7, 2012

WorldCause Foundation visits HANDY (Helping Abused Neglected Disadvantaged Youth) Takes Tour and Provides Grant

Helping Abused Neglected Disadvantaged Youth

WorldCause Foundation is very pleased to announce its recent visit to HANDY of South Florida, touring their new facilities, meeting great people and providing them with a grant to further their mission. HANDY, Helping Abused Neglected Disadvantaged Youth, has met the specialized needs of adjudicated dependent children for 27 years.

HANDY has recognized the need to build emergency contingency funds for the basic and critical needs for at risk youth in Broward County. In addition to funding basic and critical needs, HANDY also provides an environment where at risk youth can visit and form strong bonds with workers, developing vital life skill sets including education, strengthening of family ties, and communication skills. Since it was founded in 1985, HANDY has expanded its services to include not only children in foster care, but also children placed in Relative Care living.

By sticking to its mission, to embrace, educate and empower vulnerable youth to become engaged, productive adults, HANDY has successfully made a lasting impact in so many lives around Broward County, FL. WorldCause Foundation had the opportunity to tour the newly renovated facilities and meet some of the great individuals behind this unique program.

In addition to this, a few students were also on site to meet WorldCause representatives and explain how HANDY has helped them overcome various difficulties throughout their lives.

The grant provided by WorldCause will help HANDY's LIFE Program, which focuses on education, youth development, economic self-sufficiency, and assistance for emergency needs of food, clothing, back to school supplies/ clothes, and or holiday gifts. According to HANDY, in 2011-2012 FY, 1,123 unduplicated children were helped over 13,000 times. The LIFE Program ensures at-risk youth do not drop out of school, do not engage in criminal activities, complete their education and enter the workforce as self-sufficient adults.

Additionally, this grant will help HANDY provide emergency food store certificates, emergency rent/ utility assistance, healthcare, clothing, and hurricane supplies. HANDY's target population eligible for services includes children and youth who are or have been associated with Broward County's Dependency System in foster care, relative/ non relative care along with other at-risk youth. According to HANDY, their LIFE Program serves over 400 middle, high school, and college age youth. In addition approximately 600 younger children receive assistance with emergency needs for food and clothing.

WorldCause Foundation is grateful for the opportunity to have established this new partnership with HANDY going forward, and would like to thank the staff and the young adults on hand for their time and generosity in providing a tour of their facilities.

For more information on HANDY and its program please visit www.handyinc.org.