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Okaloosa Walton Homeless Continuum of Care Opportunity, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Homeless & Housing, Homeless Shelters

Mission: Our organization is pivotal in assisting homeless persons in becoming both sheltered and self-sufficient.

Results: We house over 250 family members per year at Opportunity Place, providing up to 90 days of food, shelter and programs designed to enable self-sufficiency. Almost 87% transition to permanent housing and employment. We helped an additional 500 families using federal stimulus dollars to keep near-homeless families housed and homeless families rehoused. Our employment program serves 50 veterans and their families each year, with an 80% success rate in gaining occupational skills,employment, and housing. Each case manager provides resources to 100 clients per year.

Target demographics: Homeless and precariously housed families and individuals

Direct beneficiaries per year: 500 clients

Geographic areas served: Okaloosa and Walton Counties, Florida

Programs: Opportunity Place: shelter for women and families Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program: employment program for female veterans and veterans with families Satellite Offices: Outreach and case management to rural areas Lead Agency of Continuum of Care - forge partnerships, mutual support, service coordination among community stakeholders Homeless Management Information System: web-based computer database system for collecting data, facilitating case management for 2-county region

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Client Served

Rating: 5

in 2010 i was a young single mother at my wits end.I applied for assistance and was working really hard to get it.I was about to be homeless when one day at Jobs Plus i met with a lady named dianne from this organization.From that day on i had hope.I knew i was not alone,I no longer felt ashamed for asking for help.I am proud to say this organization helped me with deposit on a home and water and i completed my G.E.D.I will tell you this though for Christmas she helped me make my children smile and that was a gift from God.I know have a job and work and still live in the home i was abe to get and I look back at my lowest time and know I was given an oppertunity by God to meet wonderful people. I saw how much these homeless and giving organizations mean to our community.Without these organizations some of us would never have the chance to rise to our potentials.I am where I am at with the help of the homeless and Oppertunity Inc. Thank You to all the wonderful people that work with these organizations to make our communities better.