United Against Poverty ‘cleans up’ with Sunshine Laundry Center partnership


Sunshine Laundry’s Tom Rhodes (center) with Canieria Gardner and Jeff Francisco of United Against Poverty.

Sunshine Laundry Center presented United Against Poverty (UP) with a check for $3,466 last week as part of the family run laundry facilities Community Washer and Dryer program.

Families living in poverty are overwhelmed with food and housing insecurity, but with UP’s help those willing to work hard can find their way to a better life. Clients participating in STEP (Success Training for Employment Program) – a six-week job-readiness and skills training – leave prepared for job placement.

After graduating from STEP, UP clients are prepared to enter the workforce. UP training equips program graduates with emotional intelligence, workplace and job acquisition skills. The tools they will need to navigate the interview process. UP even assists graduates in building a work-appropriate wardrobe.

“It’s such a natural partnership,” added Jeff Francisco, UP development director. “These funds support programs that help people to lift themselves and their families up and out of the cycle of poverty to economic self-sufficiency.”

Canieria Gardner, UP St. Lucie County executive director, said “The individuals that we serve are struggling with paying their light bill, their rent, and other basic necessities. A program like this is so beneficial because it lightens that load so that they are able to allocate their funds to necessities.”

About United Against Poverty

United Against Poverty, founded in 2003, is a 501(c)3 serving those in poverty by providing crisis care, case management, transformative education, food, and household subsidy, employment training and placement, personal empowerment training and active referrals to other collaborative social service providers. The nonprofit provides a comprehensive approach to fight and reduce long-term, poverty-related hunger so that every family has access to basic needs, nutritional food, crisis care, education and employment training, and where everyone has the opportunity to achieve a future filled with hope and possibilities. UP is the only national organization to provide families with both emergency food

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