AdventHealth Needs Collaboration In Caring For The Homeless In Our Community
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On Wednesday, January 2, 2019,the former Florida Hospital has officially become AdventHealth, as part of its new consumer-centric branding debut, with new signs and logos as well as the announcement of its donation of up to $500,000 for helping to end homelessness. This commitment comes in the form of $100,000 gift plus up to $400,000 to match other donations. President and CEO of Central Florida Division of Advent Health, Daryl Tol said, “People can’t feel whole if they don’t have a home. And the homeless situation in our community continues to be a challenge.” This hospital donated $6 million to help house the homeless back in 2014, hoping also for outpouring of gifts from local businesses, foundations, and individuals for this cause. But the response did not quite materialize. In 2019, this is a new year, with brand new opportunity for local businesses, individuals, and foundations to participate in this meaningful cause.
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This past year, the hospital’s contributions have helped to support housing for 22 people, including 71 who had been patients. AdventHealth officials said that such effort has reduced hospital admissions, emergency room visits, and in-patient stays. Researches show that it’s less expensive to house homeless people than it is to pay for emergency health care and law-enforcement costs for those who are unsheltered. So, morally and economically, it is a sound idea for people in Central Florida to take care and resolve the issue of homelessness.
Chairman of the Central Florida Commission on Homelessness, Pastor David Swanson, said the total cost for housing the homeless is projected to be $30 million over the next three years. Even though most of the money will come from government resources, but $6 million will need to come from private donors. The money goes to a Homeless Impact Fund established by the Central Florida Foundation to bankroll services needed to keep formerly homeless individuals in permanent supportive housing. These individuals usually have mental and physical disabilities that have led them to spending months or years living on the streets or in the woods.
For better understanding of the history behind AdventHealth Florida, in the video “A Legacy of Adventist Health Care: 150 Years of Health & Healing“, below:
The fund brings local funders and government around the table to invest in a Housing First model to reduce chronic and family homelessness. The fund has helped to build a system for this model in our community with an initial investment of $6 million from Florida Hospital. The community has housed over 330 of its most vulnerable citizens. This unique impact investment fund has also attracted another $1 million for family homelessness and affordable housing initiatives at the Foundation.
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Gathered, written, and posted by Windermere Sun-Susan Sun Nunamaker
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