Tent City Helpers have recently made a couple of community connections. Roberta and Gail met with House of Hope’s C.E.O. Rob Ranieri and are thrilled to be added to their community outreach. We will be provided the basic food items for packing snack bags for our homeless community.
We met at House of Hope at 2484 Bonita St. and with the collaboration of Helping People Succeed we packed over 60 snack packs. House of Hope is also providing large bottles of water to us free of charge.
Tent City Helpers are so pleased to be working with and supporting House of Hope. We toured the Golden Gate Center which is a great community resource especially for those struggling with housing. For more information visit hohmartin.org. for another great community nonprofit.
Tent City Helpers
Monday Scheduled Stops
Dear Friends of Tent City Helpers,
The new board of trustees is now officially registered with the state of Florida. We are excited to get going and reach more of the homeless population in Martin County.
The new board president is Roberta Scott. Roberta is retired with her background in accounting. She works at a local C.P.A. and is on staff at the Unity of Stuart. Roberta leads the Community Outreach Team at Unity and is the Unity Co-coordinator for Family Promise. She is on the board of Housing Solutions. She is also the co-founder of the Interfaith Alliance of the Treasure Coast.
Roberta has been volunteering for the past two years at Tent City Helpers with Monday night deliveries to the people who are homeless. Roberta has a passion for consistently serving and being a positive presence for the needy in Martin County.
Gail Harvey is the new vice president of Tent City Helpers. She has recently retired from teaching Special Education in Martin County, Ecuador and New Zealand. Gail earned her Master's Degree in Education from Florida Atlantic University. She has been volunteering with Tent City Helpers for over a year. Gail is enthusiastic about continuing the mission of Tent City Helpers.
Octavio Reis Neto is the new Treasurer of Tent City Helper (TCH). Octavio better known as Oats is presently working as a civil engineer at Bowman Consulting. Oats brings to TCH professional, financial, and technical support. Oats earned a Master's Degree in Engineering at Cornell University and went on to get a MBA at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Growing up in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and witnessing first hand the social problems of the big city, Oats is excited about being able to make a difference in our community.
In the Stuart News we have Tara Jacobs, House of Hope's marketing and communications director quoted as saying, "With some loss of wages, and the inability for some to work from home, it's likely new faces could be coming to the House of Hope's Client Choice Pantry, 2484 S.E. Bonita St."
This week the non-profit "House of Hope" has stopped allowing the public to shop in their pantry. They have moved to a drive-through method of delivering food to people. The Pantry's drive-through is open for pick-up Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm and Wednesday from noon to 4:30. Drive through pop your trunk open and they will put in a bag of food for the week.
If you are not a current House of Hope client, be sure to bring the following information needed to access service:
*Proof of Martin County residency (current lease, mortgage or utility bill within the last 30 days. A utility bill may be either, lights, water or gas bill.)
Visit hohmartin.org for hours and latest updates here.
If you know someone homeless and in need please share our information and Monday night scheduled stops. We have free of charge Snack Bags, Water, fruit, a bin of men’s clothes, a bin of women’s clothes, a bin of shoes, box of socks, a bin of hygiene products, a box of different size batteries, tarps, tents, blankets, bug spray and baby wipes.
Monday Night Delivery Stops:
4:30 - 5:00 pm Bealls Outlet Parking Lot, Wedgewood Commons 3532 S Federal Hwy. Stuart
5:00 - 5:30 pm Corner of Miami Ave. and Commerce Ave. in parking lot, Stuart
5:30 - 6:00 pm Winn-Dixie side parking lot, Salerno Village Square, 3310 S.E. Salerno Rd. Stuart
6:00 - 6:30 pm Pacesetters parking lot, Indian Plaza, 2222 SE Indian St. Stuart
6:30 - 7:00 pm Barnes and Noble parking lot, Treasure Coast Commons, 3001, NW Federal Hwy. Jensen Beach
* These are approximate times
We are excited to announce that Tent City Helpers (TCH) will continue to be an active non-profit supporting some of Martin County’s neediest citizens.
We had another meeting with Stacey Solomon, representing the current Board of Trustees (BOT) and have decided that Tent City Helpers will be making a transition. Roberta Scott, Gail Harvey, and Octavio Reis have stepped up to continue TCH with a new Board of Trustees.
Tony and Stacey Solomon have agreed to help through the transition and continue with their support for the TCH community. We are extremely thankful for all the work the present Board of TCH has done to set up a great resource for the underserved in Martin County.
The new Board of Trustees for TCH will continue the original mission of the founding Board. “To assist in meeting the homeless immediate needs in Martin County and work towards implementing a long-term plan of assisting in the organization of appropriate shelters for them.”
Thank You Tent City Helpers' community for your continued support as we make a smooth transition into the New Year with a new BOT.
We will continue to update you with photos from deliveries and information about the transition.
Roberta Scott Gail Harvey Octavio Reis
President Vice President Treasurer
Just before Christmas, in Dec 2015, my youngest son posed a simple question to my husband after seeing two school aged girls enter the woods near a busy shopping center and learning they were "going home" - "So what are you going to do about that?" was his question. He didn't realize, as many of us didn't realize, homeless people were trying to survive in wooded areas all throughout our county. I know I had no idea as to the degree and magnitude of this issue right here in our little hamlet.
In less than two weeks time, our first initiative of bringing aid to these people transpired. It happened with a great outpouring of support from people both in our community and far away. Tent City Helpers came into being Dec 20th, 2015 as carloads (completely stuffed to their roofs with supplies) and LOTS of helpful hands joined together to go into the woods.
Tent City Helpers became incorporated as a not-for-profit business June 30, 2016, and we obtained our federal nonprofit status Aug 24, 2016.
We are a group of fellow concerned citizens in Martin County, FL - now over 1000 members strong in just over a year. Our mission is to shine a light on the homeless population in our area, assist in meeting the homeless' immediate needs and work towards organizing appropriate housing for the homeless men, families, and women in our local area.
Tent City Helpers
Getting to the Heart of Homelessness
House of Hope opens drive-through
Martin County Soup Kitchens
Monday: Saint Joseph’s Catholic Church 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.
The Carpenter’s Kitchen
1200 East Tenth Street Stuart, (772) 287-2727
Tuesday: First United Methodist Church 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.
1500 S. Kanner Highway
Stuart, (772) 287-6262
First Baptist Church of Jensen Beach 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.
JC’s Soup Kitchen
1400 NE Jensen Beach Blvd.
Jensen Beach, (772) 334-2202
Wednesday: Mary’s Episcopal Church 4:45 to 6:00 p.m.
623 SE Ocean Blvd.
Stuart, (772) 287-3244
Bridge Christian Outreach 6:00 p.m.
Dinner Bible Study @ Shepard’s Park
St. Martin De Porres Catholic Church 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Bread of Life Kitchen
2555 NE Savannah Road
Jensen Beach, (772) 334-4214
Thursday: Redeemer Lutheran Church 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.
His Servants Place
2450 Ocean Blvd.
Stuart, (772) 334-0815
Jensen Beach Community Church 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.
3900 NE Skyline Drive
Jensen Beach, (772) 334-0815
Friday: Salvation Army 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.
821 SE Martin Luther King Jr., Blvd.
Stuart, (772) 288-1471
Saturday: Love & Hope in Action (LAHIA)
1760 SE Salerno Road Mon-Fri Breakfast 9:00-10:30
Stuart, (772) 781-7002 Dinner 5:00-6:00
Saturday Breakfast 9:00-10:30
Showers and laundry for homeless 9:00-12:00 (Saturday) 4th Saturday: Trinity United Methodist Church 5:00 p.m.
2221 NE Savannah Road, Jensen Beach, (772) 334-3404
Sunday: Immanuel Lutheran Church 4:30 p.m.
2655 SW Immanuel Drive (just past Mapp Road),
Palm City, (772) 287-8188
* Telephone to be sure they are open since we have had so many closures due to COVID-19