Generations Christian Church pledged $100,000 to assist Metropolitan Ministries vision of a homeless shelter in Pasco County on Thursday.
The church leaders gave a $50,000 check to help pay for renovations to the new residential program and the kitchen facilities at the outreach center on U.S. 19.
Rev. Dan Campbell, director of development for Metropoltan Minsitries' Pasco mission said, "It's a transitional program that will help families move from homelessness to self-sufficiency. It will be the first in Pasco County."
Each week over 600 people who are homeless and struggling are helped by the Metropolitan Ministries Pasco Outreach Center. The county holds the second largest number of homeless in Florida.
Miracle Place, Metropolitan Ministries Tampa location, is the model for the proposed residential program to be constructed. The plan is designed for a 20-unit transitional housing facility for families.
An onsite restaurant duplicating the Tampa facility's Inside the Box Cafe, operated by residents and open to the public is part of the plan, as well. The cafe will provide income for the residents, as well as job training and counseling.
The assistance provided will also include a summer camp, an after-school program and a GED class in partnership with Pasco County schools for those seeking help. The site will also host the county's new Mobile Medical Care Unit.
"The dedicated giving of their church members provides the resources to change lives in this community", Metropolitan Ministries CEO Morris Hintzman said. "Leadership commitments from partners like Generations Christian Church make it possible for us to expand and serve the growing need in Pasco County."