Homeless Emergency Project Inc

Rating: 4.97 stars   31 reviews

Issues: Homeless & Housing, Human Services

Location: 1120 North Betty Lane Clearwater FL 33755 USA

Mission: HEP is a registered 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Since 1986, our Mission has been to provide homeless and very low-income individuals and families with housing, food, clothing and support services necessary to obtain self-sufficiency and improved quality of life.
Results: In 2013, HEP served 1,397 people, including 76 families, 126 children and 508 veterans. In our commercial-grade kitchen and dining hall, we served 95,091 nutritious meals. There were 34 children enrolled in HEP's Children's Learning Center after school and summer camp programs. The HEP Dental Clinic provided an astonishing 3,993 procedures valued at $525,066. Through a strategic community partnership with the Morton Plant Outreach Team (MPOT), we provided 755 clinical assessments, with 6,306 patient contacts. HEP's partnership with MPOT saved $1,863,617 in avoidable emergency room visits. HEP also provided 3,592 veteran transports to Bay Pines VA.
Target demographics: homeless and very low-income individuals, families and veterans.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 1,397 people, including 76 families, 126 children and 508 veterans.
Geographic areas served: Clearwater, Florida
Programs: Food, shelter, clothing and the supportive services necessary to obtain self-sufficiency and improved quality of life.
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

I have been involved with HEP since it began in 1986. I have watched her grow from a small shelter created to help those in need to one of the biggest and best shelters in the USA. We are so proud of the new building we have worked so hard for. I would invite everyone to come and take a look and see what we have accomplished and meet the people we help each and every day.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

watching lives change

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

how good I feel being a part of this organization

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

compassionate and caring and generous with their time and talent

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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I have been involved with HEP since 1986, I have watched her grow from a small shelter to the largest and best shelter in Pinellas County. HEP not only provides food, shelter and supportive services, HEP provides a family atmosphere which allows the person in need to feel like they have come home. I especially love watching the lives of the children change as they come to the shelter. We have an after school learning center that allows the children a safe place to go after school. The children receive snacks, tutoring and most of all love from our staff. The compassion and dedication of everyone at HEP amazes me each and every time I am on site. I am proud and honored to be a part of HEP.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

solve the homeless problem

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I have been a volunteer and board member for over 8 years! HEP is a wonderful organazation that has helped countless individuals and families who due to an many hardships including mental illness, physical illness of a child or bread winner found themselves on the streets unable to make ends meet. The compassionate staff day after day do wonderful work to lift the burdens these people carry and help them make their own way in the world again. This is a full service homeless shelter and there are so many services that are provided that go far beyond the name.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Wonderful dedicated employees who truely care about the Men, Women and children that they serve each and everyday. They always champion the success and progress of the clients!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

HEP is an organization that is dedicated to ending homelessness for every man woman and child who come to our door. Over the past 25 years we have developed partnerships with 25 other agencies to bring whatever resources are required to correct the you cause of a person's or family's situation. whther it be physical or mental illness, loss of a job, drug or alcohol addiction, post traumatic stress disorder, or a combination of these hep has the resources and dedicated staff and the resolve to make a difference. Serving upwards of 2000 people each year using a combination of public and private support we are the largest agency of our type in Pinellas County. And we are a four star navigator rated charity for fiscal performance. How good are we? over 70% of our residents transition to permanent housing!!!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

getting to know the families and individuals and watching them transition from hoplessness to hope, from self despair to self esteem

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

expand our capacity and seek ways to make us more effective in delivering necessary services

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

being in an environment of caring and giving to the very people that too many have lost interest in.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

phenomenal The staff are not paid a lot and they are asked to deal with the most difficult of circumstances and often make very tough life changing decisions. The volunteers are equally amazing contributing to the welfare of strangers

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand from 300 beds to 500 beds; build additional permenent supportive housing..accomdate more families ( we have over 40 children in our program) and substantially reduce our homeless population

Ways to make it better...

always if we simpoly had more resources. we have to turn away too many families and veterans because we are always full

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

MONEY and increasing demand; the rapidly swelling veteran population needing intense services to transition successfully into society

One thing I'd also say is that...

Thankyou to God because all accomplish comes from our faith in HIM

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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