January 12, 2022

Newly single Sarasota mother gets help from Season of Sharing after falling behind

By Story, Saundra Amrhein,

Chelynne Galloway finally felt a respite this summer, able to take her four kids to visit family in Kansas. Her divorce had been finalized in February after two tumultuous years. She hoped she…

January 9, 2022

Tireless Sarasota-Manatee caseworkers are key to Season of Sharing

By Story, Saundra Amrhein,

On a recent December morning, Rick DiGiorgio, housing counselor manager at Step Up Suncoast, stopped what he was doing at his desk to answer a call. “Good morning, Mr. Rick,” a wom…

January 5, 2022

Single mom kept going by dreams of an education helped by Season of Sharing

By Story, Homepage - Story of Impact, Saundra Amrhein,

For as long as Araceli Zavala can remember, a hunger for education burned like a fire in her belly. It spurred her as a child, between field work and the cable lash. It steered her into the la…

January 2, 2022

Sarasota school psychologist hit by wave of loss and grief is helped by Season of Sharing

By Story, Homepage - Story of Impact, Saundra Amrhein,

Candis Castorani knew exactly when she found her path in life. It was during a lecture in a college class called Introduction to Psychology. The professor was addressing questions she&rsquo…

December 30, 2021

Casting Wide the Safety Nets of Shelter and Stability

By Blog, Roxie Jerde, Homepage Spotlight Item, Story of Impact - Featured,

Being home for the holidays is a gift that I hope many of you had this last week along with time with those you hold closest to your heart. It sounds simple, but this gift of unhurried, qualit…

December 29, 2021

Abuse survivors & vulnerable children helped by Season of Sharing

By Story, Homepage - Story of Impact, Saundra Amrhein,

They may be women fleeing abusers. Children needing shelter. Or families crumbling under financial strain. Amid the thousands of families and individuals helped by Season of Sharing each year,…

December 26, 2021

Season of Sharing helps after a devastating accident impacts large Arcadia family

By Story, Homepage - Story of Impact, Saundra Amrhein,

Deisy Carranco reflects now on why things happened the way they did – on what set them on that long drive home in the dark. That weekend in late October, Carranco, 34, was in Orlando wit…

December 23, 2021

North Port nurse and single mom overcomes troubled past; gets boost from Season of Sharing

By Story, Homepage - Story of Impact, Saundra Amrhein,

Many years later, A’Lea Smith, 27, would look back to the point in her life when everything changed. It would come before the six-figure salary and the crushing debt, before the haunted…

December 20, 2021

Season of Sharing helps Bradenton couple with rent after devastating health issues

By Story, Homepage - Story of Impact, Saundra Amrhein,

The household budget was already tight for Kelli and Robbin Whitehead before a fateful day two years ago when Kelli waded into the Gulf of Mexico off Cortez Beach on Anna Maria Island. The nex…