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George W. Jenkins Community of Hope

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Located off of Kathleen road in North Lakeland, the George W. Jenkins Community of Hope is a short-term emergency style center for helping homeless families to get back on their feet.

The Salvation Army in Lakeland has a program to assist families with children at its Massachusetts Avenue location, and the nearly completed facility at Kathleen road can hold up to 60 people. It also has 21 apartments to help families for up to two years.

Salvation Army Major Ken Morris said, “We bring in people that can help them with financing. We bring in people that help them with interviewing for a job, how to cook, how to handle anger management, how to be parents.”

Families that move into the new gated neighborhood have access to day care. The program is a neighborhood style complex that is best suited for a family. “Fresh new start. Fresh new everything. Maybe it’ll improve the minds of everyone coming in.” said Ebony Brown, who lives at the current location with her husband and two young boys.

The Browns live in a small apartment at the current location, with is adjacent to a lot of homeless single men and women who are dealing with substance abuse problems.

The Salvation Army is hopeful that the mindset change will be an added benefit to the families at the facility, but as of July, they were still needing funds of a half million dollars towards a million dollar matching bid.

The George W. Jenkins of Hope project is a $12 million project and one that is needed to grow our community and help those who need it most.

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