Henderson Behavioral Health Receives $10,000 through the Sun Sentinel Children’s Fund

(Fort Lauderdale, FL) Henderson Behavioral Health (HBH) recently received a $10,000 grant from the Sun Sentinel Children’s Fund, a McCormick Foundation Fund, to support emergency financial assistance to prevent homelessness for persons with a mental illness.

Through the Sun Sentinel Children’s Fund, a McCormick Foundation Fund, $299,000 in grants was recently distributed to 27 nonprofit organizations in Broward and Palm Beach counties. The Sun Sentinel Children’s Fund is committed to supporting programs that move low -income children and families to self-sufficiency in the areas of housing, hunger, child abuse prevention & treatment, and child & youth education. Since 1991, through the Fund, more than $38 million has been awarded to local nonprofit organizations.Funds are raised through reader, community and corporate donations, and each dollar donated is matched at 50 cents by the McCormick Foundation. The Sun Sentinel and McCormick Foundation pay all administrative and promotional cost, allowing 100 percent of donations, plus the match, to go directly to charitable organizations.

Henderson will use its Sun Sentinel Children’s Fund funding to support emergency cash assistance for utilities and rental assistance to prevent families who are at risk of losing their housing and becoming homeless. For example, a family with a single father and four children were about to be evicted from their apartment. The father has a mental illness, is raising his four children by himself, and lost his job. They were behind in their rent, received an eviction notice, and had to have the money to the landlord by the next day or would be out on the street. The father was actively working with a Supported Employment counselor at Henderson, but had not found work. We utilized the emergency assistance funds to pay his rent of $700 so the family could remain in their apartment. This has enabled the father to have a stable base to look for work and currently he has a good lead on a job. This would not have been possible if he was living on the street with his children.

Henderson Behavioral Health (HBH) is the oldest and largest, community-based not-for-profit, 501 (c)(3), behavioral healthcare system in South Florida. It is our mission to be the premier provider of accessible, cost effective, and quality behavioral healthcare services to the people of South Florida, in order to promote their mental health and well-being. Since 1953 Henderson has helped hundreds of thousands of children, adults and families. Last year, we provided over 600,000 services to 21,323 individuals. We strive to be a “community problem solver,” and have carefully and intentionally focused our efforts on some of Florida’s most urgent behavioral health and human services needs. In addition to providing a full-range of evidence-based behavioral healthcare services to all ages, Henderson is also committed to creating and managing a system of housing for adults and children. We operate 650 housing units including supportive housing, permanent housing for those with co-occurring substance abuse and mental health disorders, a safe-haven and emergency homeless shelter, residential treatment and group homes. Over 700 individuals receive housing through Henderson’s Housing Services.

Visit us at: www.hendersonbehavioralhealth.org

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