Community Care: Stories of Impact

April 15, 2022

First Family Moves In at Family Promise of South Sarasota County

By Story,

Family Promise of South Sarasota County recently received a $25,100 donation toward the capital campaign to purchase 10 cottages for its Pathways Home transitional housing project. The funds f…

March 24, 2022

As rents go up and evictions increase, Sarasota's seniors struggle to find places to live

By Story, The Herald-Tribune Media Group,

Most government-subsidized senior housing complexes in the area have no availability. But driving the crisis is that low-cost units on the private market are now disappearing – with land…

February 22, 2022

Science and Environment Council Awarded $10,000 Grant

By Story, Sarasota Magazine,

The Science and Environment Council (SEC) recently received a $10,000 Capacity Building grant from the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. Incorporated in 2001, the SEC marked its 20th ye…

February 13, 2022

Season of Sharing raises a record $4.4 million from local donors for neighbors in need

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

On the heels of a deadly pandemic, amid a historic housing crisis that has devastated thousands of local families – area residents stepped up like never before to help their neighbors by…

February 13, 2022

Season of Sharing ends with unprecedented community support

By Story, Roxie Jerde, Homepage - Story of Impact, Jennifer Orsi,

We are filled with gratitude and hope because of the unprecedented generosity shown this year from neighbor to neighbor. The 22nd annual Season of Sharing campaign, a partnership between the C…

January 28, 2022

Englewood mom rebuilds life with help from Season of Sharing

By Story, Homepage - Story of Impact, The Herald-Tribune Media Group, Saundra Amrhein,

Christina VanTornhout stared out the window at the broad expanse of blue. In her mid-twenties and several months pregnant, she was being driven over the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, toward a Sara…

January 26, 2022

Family Promise of South Sarasota County closes on purchase for Pathways Home campus

By Story, Earle Kimel,

Family Promise of South Sarasota County closed Tuesday on its purchase of 10 cottages off of Substation Road to be used in its Pathways Home transitional housing program for participants in it…

January 26, 2022

Season of Sharing helped disabled woman get her car fixed

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

In November, Carmen Shorey walked out to the parking lot of her apartment complex in Sarasota County and climbed into her Ford Excursion. For Shorey, 60, the vehicle had been a reliable mode o…

January 23, 2022

Season of Sharing helps move Charlotte couple from living in car to stable housing

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

For Tracey Uerkwitz, what began as a promising new path two years ago was actually the start of a downward spiral. At the time, Uerkwitz, then 50, was living with her boyfriend, Samuel Staples…

January 19, 2022

Conservation Foundation Permanently Protects 14.38 Acres in Manatee County

By Story, Sarasota Magazine,

The Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast has announced the permanent protection of14.38 acres in Manatee County. This newly protected land is located between Manatee County’s Braden…

January 19, 2022

Single mom with multiple medical challenges assisted by Season of Sharing

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

There is a place Kayla Yenna returns to in her mind, a place of safety and love she can conjure when the worries weigh her down, when the fear of a death sentence hangs over her head. That saf…

January 17, 2022

Family of five go from living in SUV to stable housing, with help from Season of Sharing

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

There were nights when Cierra Harris sat awake, cramped in the front of her SUV. Every few minutes she would look over her shoulder, reassured by the sight of her four children sleeping peacef…