We believe that everyone has the right to live in dignified and affordable housing.
Making Homelessness Rare. Brief. One-Time.
We are passionate about our work and have adopted a “Housing First” principle that guides each of our programs.
Message from our CEO
As we continue to feel the effects of the pandemic, the need for stable housing for those that are poor and homeless has never been greater.
The world began to shut down in mid-March 2020, but the work of SVdP CARES has increased beyond belief. Our doors remained open with an amazing team across 16 counties in Florida that have been on the front lines of homelessness every day. See how we are ending homelessness one precious household at a time.
Become a Good Samaritan
Good Samaritans, by their monthly donations, enable SVdP CARES to provide a hand up to even more of our homeless neighbors. Good Samaritans Circle of Excellence donors enable SVdP CARES to provide “Welcome Home” packages to all households permanently housed. Together, we are working to give a hand up to our neighbors in need by providing safe and secure housing.
Real Faces of Homelessness
These are the stories of homelessness. Learn more about the families, Veterans, and individuals SVdP CARES is helping.
Leonard is an Army veteran. He made it through two deployments in Iraq. But when he retired and set out with his family on a cross-country trip to take a job in Florida, he faced a very different kind of battle…
When Sonya first came to our Center of Hope family shelter with her two young children, we knew we were meeting a true “mama bear.” “She was fiercely protective of her children,” recalls Caroll, her case manager. But Sonya was also emotionally fragile, describing herself as “lost … a total mess.”
SVdP CARES Careers
SVdP CARES is a fast growing non-profit looking for professionals and service workers who have a desire to help people who are faced with the crisis of homelessness discover a better tomorrow.
Hear from Our Employees
Why we do the work we do.
“It is knowing that we are able to bring the security of a home to those we serve that keeps me going even when I’m exhausted. It is why I love my job, no matter how hard it gets.”
TeresaSVdP CARES Housing Specialist
“Helping out the veterans who are homeless. Delivering their beds. They are very happy when we deliver and put up the beds for them. It means they have a safe place to sleep, a roof over their head, and Matt and I love doing it.”
KevinCommunity Thrift Store Truck Driver
“We’re in the business of caring for people…it’s in our name, ‘CARES.’ People in shelters can be the forgotten population… but here, they’re not forgotten anymore. I can look at everyone out there and know their story because I get to know them, even if I’m not physically working with them.”
SVdP CARES serves 16 counties across 7,678 square miles of Florida. Everyone is welcome through our doors, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, ancestry, age, national origin, citizen, mental disability, genetic information, veteran or military status sexual orientation, and gender identity.
Let’s work together to eradicate poverty and homelessess one precious household at a time.