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Hope Begins with a Home

A Closer Look

Photo of Geline and her kids

“Adopt-A-Family has been life-changing, a Godsend. We were on the verge of getting evicted from our first home together. I never knew where I was going to live or how I was going to make ends meet.

My life has been full of struggles, but thanks to AAF, having a son with disabilities and all the challenges that come with it has been so much easier to deal with.”
– Geline

The Opportunity to do more

In 2014, a generous donor provided the funds to enable Adopt-A-Family to purchase four parcels of land that became available adjacent to the agency’s Family Resource Center in Lake Worth. Recognizing this as a pivotal opportunity, we embarked on a mission-focused assessment to identify the most urgent needs in the community. It was abundantly clear that the shortage of affordable housing in Palm Beach County was the primary barrier to stability for low-income households.

As we studied the impact of unstable housing, its detrimental effect on students’ educational outcomes was especially alarming. Students without a stable home are typically plagued by chronic absenteeism, which results in lower test scores, repeating grades, and high drop out rates.

Adopt-A-Family turned to a highly successful partnership between a housing agency and McCarver Elementary School in Tacoma, Washington to develop best practices for our programmatic framework. It is a groundbreaking collaboration between a housing authority and an elementary school designed to improve educational outcomes through the provision of stable housing. McCarver has provided a foundation for our partnership with our sister school, Highland Elementary, located three blocks north of Julian Place (Third Avenue Homes). The school has one of the highest populations of homeless students in the county.

Map showing distance from Third Avenue Homes to Highland Elementary School

“I like living at Adopt-A- Family because I can play outside with my ball. I like living close to my school. I get there early every day.”
-David, age 5

An Education-Centric Plan for the Entire Family

Preliminary site plan for Julian Place
Julian Place will include a new community center that will be a hub of education-centric case management and support services for the whole family, including financial literacy training, mental health services, tutoring, mentoring, and access to technology to increase each household’s ability to achieve stability and self-sufficiency.

Our timeline

Donor gift for land purchase
Needs assessment complete
Capital Campaign launch
November groundbreaking
Projected completion