West Palm Beach’s homeless shelter is getting a boost from developer GL Homes, which plans to donate $25,000 this year as part of it’s “Good Night’s Sleep Initiative.”
The Sunrise-based builder is partnering with the Homeless Coalition of Palm Beach County, providing an array of household needs at the Sen. Philip D. Lewis Center, 1000 45th Street, West Palm Beach.
Donated items include new mattresses, pillows, bedding and televisions.
“We started the Good Night’s Sleep initiative after learning that the Lewis Center had some unmet needs for those transitioning out of homelessness and into temporary housing,” said Jill DiDonna, vice president of GL Homes. “Prior to the start of this effort, mattresses and televisions were purchased second-hand. Knowing that a good night’s sleep is critical to success, we believe that providing new mattresses, televisions and bed linens can improve the potential for someone transitioning out of homelessness.”
The Lewis Center opened in 2012. It has 60 beds and serves as a one-stop shop for homeless men and women in need of services.
Although local charities and churches always have helped the homeless with emergency shelter, meals and job training, the county had lacked a central place for thehomeless to go to easily navigate those services before the Lewis Center opened.