In keeping with the spirit of the Liturgical Cycle of Lent the members of the AHEPA Charities committee met on April 4, 2016 for the purpose of selecting recipients of funds for the work they provide in the community. The committee consists of Ken Spillias, Pat Pavlakos, George Matsoukas and with input from Sister Theodosia along with George Magalios and follow up discussions with Betsy Pascal both Ex Offico members as Presidents of AHEPA and Daughters.   Funds are provided because of AHEPA’s stewardship of its housing program in partnership with HUD.   AHEPA 18 Apartments at 4370 Community Drive, West Palm Beach has provided excellent affordable housing for qualified seniors since its doors opened in 1995.

The mission of AHEPA Family Charities which was established in 1999 is to ….” support educational, cultural, medical, health care and social programs that enhance the dignity of all members of the community….”     Since the year 2000 the Charity has dispersed $76,000 to local not profit groups that do work related to our mission. Place of Hope servicing foster children, Paint Your Heart Out which assists elderly seniors, Palm Beach County Food Bank, Legal Aid Society, Alzheimer Community Care, Seagull Industries for Disabled, FAU Paideia Program are some of the past recipients. We have most consistently funded healthy mothers healty babies which provides prenatal care to mothers in need. In the past two years the committee has made a concerted effort to learn about and to fund underfunded agencies that are making a difference in our community.   Our mentors are the Community Foundation of Palm Beach and Martin Counties and the Quantum Foundation. This year’s recipients of AHEPA Family Charities funds includes:1. Family Promise $2,000 which provides temporary shelter, transportation, meals and comprehensive case management for families who are experiencing homelessness.
They partner with local, faith congregations to provide shelter. Each host congregation offers participants a place to sleep for one whole week, three to four times per year. The hosts also supply breakfast, lunch and dinner meals.
Volunteers are the heart of the program. They prepare meals, tutor both children and parents, transport guests to job interviews and work. They assist participants in finding jobs and housing, and share specialized skills, such as resume writing, financial planning and parenting.

2. No One Buried Alone   $1,000 is a palliative/medical care program conducted with JFK Hospital, the Catholic Diocese of the Palm Beaches and Human Services . This non profit was established in 2011 to provide a dignified burial for those individuals who have no one to bury them. Since the first service held in 2011, 543 individuals have been buried at Queen of Peace Catholic Cemetery. The director is Fr . Dr. Gabriel Ghanoum.

3. Speak Up for Kids $1,000 is an advocacy program for children abused, neglected or abandoned by their parents. Trained caring adults speak up for these children before a judge decides their fate. Speak Up! For Kids of Palm Beach County, Inc., is an all-volunteer nonprofit that provides financial support to the state-funded Guardian ad Litem (GAL) Program of the 15th Judicial District. In Florida, volunteer GALs serve as the eyes, ears and arms of the courts, making independent recommendations based on the individual needs of each child. There are more than 1,300 abused and neglected children in Palm Beach County… Since 2008, Speak Up! has recruited, trained, and provided support to the county’s GALs, enabling these needy children to have a voice in their future.

We invite you to visit AHEPA 18 House at Community Drive to see for yourself what a beautiful facility this is for senior living. We welcome your volunteer hours and assistance when we offer programs for the residents every Memorial Day, Labor Day Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.   Thank you for your support of the philanthropic efforts of AHEPA, Daughters and Philopthohos.

George Matsoukas, Chairman AHEPA Family Charities

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