Adopt-A-Family Receives Award, Grant From SunTrust Foundation

Adopt-A-Family of the Palm Beaches was recently recognized with a 2019 Lighting the Way Award and $75,000 grant from the SunTrust Foundation. The organization is one of 36 nonprofits across the Southeast and Midwest, and the only one in Palm Beach County, presented with a 2019 Lighting the Way Award from the SunTrust Foundation, which gave a total of $2.7 million in grants to these nonprofits.

The SunTrust Foundation’s Lighting the Way Awards recognize select nonprofit organizations that work to build self-sufficient families and more financially confident communities through financial education, financial counseling, career readiness/workforce development and small business/entrepreneurship. The grant received by Adopt-A-Family will support the nonprofit’s Service Enriched Housing, an affordable housing program for low-income households dedicated to the pursuit of financial stability and homeownership.

“We are incredibly grateful to the SunTrust Foundation for honoring Adopt-A-Family and our Service Enriched Housing program with a Lighting the Way Award. Service Enriched Housing offers a unique opportunity for an underserved population, and we are proud to have the SunTrust Foundation join the special group of funders who make the program possible,” CEO Matt Constantine said. “In the last year, the program has enabled two residents to become first-time homebuyers here in Palm Beach County. Our goals remain focused on helping families become financially stable and self-sufficient, which aligns with the goals of the SunTrust Foundation.”

In the last twelve months, Adopt-A-Family worked with 2,771 Palm Beach County families and provided housing services to 609 families and their 1,233 children. In late 2018, the organization broke ground on a new housing project in Lake Worth, Third Avenue Homes, an education-centric housing program that will offer 14 units of housing and a community center when construction is finished in 2020.

“The SunTrust Foundation is proud to recognize and support our local nonprofit partners that empower and strengthen the communities they serve,” said Stan Little, president of the SunTrust Foundation. “Adopt-A-Family of the Palm Beaches Inc. is making a meaningful impact with programs to improve the financial well-being of the people who need it most.”

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