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Dawning Family Services

Dusk til Dawn

Dusk til Dawn is a sleep out event to elevate awareness and resources for families with children who are experiencing homelessness. The event benefits Dawning Family Services in Tampa, Florida. Join us in person or virtually on March 22, 2024!
raised of US$100,000 target
by 288 supporters
Closes on 01/05/2024
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16, Pregnant, & Homeless....

Katerina was only 16 years old when she found out she was pregnant. Like any pregnant teen, there are so many fears that come along. “What do I do now?” or “What will my parents think?”. While some are fortunate to have supportive parents, Katerina was not so lucky. After seeking guidance from her parents, she was kicked out of the house and left to fend for herself. Katerina and her soon-to-be baby girl, Melanie, were living on the streets homeless with no family or friends to turn to.

After two years, Katerina reached out to Dawning Family Services and was admitted into the emergency shelter program. Within days of being in the program, she was able to secure employment and create the beginning of the financial foundation they needed. Through the assistance of her case manager, Katerina gained identification documents, and fuel for her car to help assist in her housing search through the Children’s Board ASO program and was provided a referral to ELC for day care.

While in shelter, Katerina made great effort to get her daughter the safety she needed in a home of their own. At the end of her stay in shelter she had two housing opportunities that looked to be a real possibility for she and baby Melanie. But when it came to finalizing the leases, those options fell through.

Katerina’s case manager wouldn’t let that be the end of her story. Dawning Family Services’ Emergency Housing Supervisor contacted a property partner and advocated for Katerina. As a single mom, first-time renter with limited income, and risk of returning to homelessness, her options were slim. But through a valiant effort of Katerina and her case manager, she signed a lease to her first apartment in early April. Katerina and Melanie are now participating in the Rapid Rehousing Program at Dawning Family Services to be provided with the assistance they need to achieve the financial stability she desires.

Katerina has maintained employment and works hard every day to start a life for Melanie where they would not fall into the same outcome. She is very grateful for the opportunity Dawning Family Services provided to secure a stable home for her small family.

Historical inflation and the affordable housing crisis, are hurting our community's most vulnerable families. By participating in Dusk til Dawn, you are elevating awareness and resources for families like Katerina's. You participation lets others know that you believe every child deserves a safe place to sleep and hope for a brighter future. Thank you for your time, energy, and trust in Dawning Family Services. You are helping us change lives and save families.

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About the charity

Dawning Family Services provides housing and supportive services to families with children who have been touched by homelessness. Services include Family Homeless Prevention, Emergency Bridge Housing, Rapid Re-housing, and Career Services. We have served Tampa Bay over 41 years.

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