The Florida Network is proud of our member agency Family Resources Inc. for receiving a demonstration grant to expand their existing transitional living program, SafePlace2B, to serve homeless or at-risk youth and young adults (16-22) whom identify as lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender or questioning. SafePlace2Btoo – LGBTQ will provide a safe and affirming environment for these youth and provide support to prepare for the reality and challenges of adulthood.

Youth are able to stay up to 18 months and learn independent living skills in order to become self-sufficient. Trauma informed care, harm reduction and positive youth development allow youth to address emotional issues and develop trusting and healthy relationships with their friends and families. The expansion also allows for Family Resources to serve youth aging out of foster care.

Family Resources has served Manatee County since 1992 and Pinellas County since 1970. They work to strengthen families and communities by providing prevention, support and counseling services to youth and family units. Programs such as SafePlace2B and their Youth Enrichment program, as well as various counseling, street outreach and community education initiatives help them uphold the belief that every child should be safe, every troubled teen deserves help and every family torn apart in crisis be given the opportunity to mend.

Family Resources has proven time and time again that they are an outstanding Florida Network member agency. This year, they were honored with the Best Care Provider award. At the Florida Network Annual Meeting, Carlos Child, a Family Resources case manager, received the Youth Care Worker of the Year award in recognition for his dedication and service to the youth he serves.

Congratulations Family Resources for this exciting program expansion, and thank you for serving Florida’s youth and families so well!

To learn more about Family Resources, visit their website.