Faith* Hope*Love*Charity, Inc.
Faith* Hope* Love* Charity, Inc. (FHLC) opened the doors of the Stand Down House in May 2000 to provide emergency/transitional housing and supportive services for
veterans struggling with addictions, mental illness, PTSD, traumatic brain injuries and physical limitation.
Since the inception of Stand Down House more than 2000 veterans have received supportive services. Stand Down House has had a long standing relationship with
WPB VAMC since 2000 for emergency housing/supportive services and in 2004 was awarded a grant for Transitional Housing with the Department of Veterans Administration.
Stand Down House has been recognized by the Palm Beach County Board of Commissioners for its achievements in providing services to the veteran community; recognized
on the floor of the House of Representatives as an outstanding community provider. The founding Executive Director, Roy Foster was recognized in 2009 as one of the Nation’s top 10 CNN Heroes.
In September 2009, FHLC developed the “prevention and early intervention” of our programming for veterans and family members when it established the First Stop Veterans’ Resource Center, which serves as the “hub” for veterans’ services in PBC: conducting outreach, engagement and referral activities for veterans and OIF/OEF military personnel and their family members—before, during and after the service members’ deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan. Since the opening of First Stop over 2,000 veterans and their
family members have been assisted.
FHLC in April 2010, opened the doors to First Stop Housing for homeless/at risk female veterans and families. These units are available for emergency/short term housing and
lend a hand-up to those struggling due to mental health issues, physical or economic crisis. These units have been filled to capacity since the opening.
FHLC in October 2012 was awarded the Supportive Services for Veterans’ Families grant by the Department of Veterans Administration. Since the award over 800 homeless
families have been placed in permanent housing with supportive services to ensure sustainability. Over 700 at risk families facing evictions and/or cut off notices have been
In July 2013 FHLC was awarded a grant from the Department of labor to reintegrated homeless veterans back into the workforce, since that time over 100 veterans has been
placed into permanent position with an average wage of $12.73 per hour.
Palm Beach County is home to more than 120,000 veterans. According to U.S. Census 20,516 of those veterans are living below the 30% median income and more than 6,000
are at risk of becoming homeless.
FHLC is embarking upon a new initiative in 2014 to provide safe and affordable housing to our Military Heroes and their families, who have given so much. The Village of Valor will be a place that honor these heroes with a safe and supportive environment, where their dignity can be restored. This is our long term plan to eliminate homelessness of
our veterans and their families here in Palm Beach County. Funding for this project will be through Tax Credits and Tax Exempt Bonds, however a project of this magnitude will need additional funding from our friends and partners and we are working to create the funding stream needed.
However, during this process we will continue to provide the supportive services desperately needed for our men and women who gave so much and now find themselves in a War on the Homefront. We will continue to fight until not one is left behind.