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Local non-profit helps homeless families get warm meals on Thanksgiving

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Adopt-A-Family benefiting from Project Thanksgiving. Organization serves families with children who are either experiencing homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless. (Adopt-A-Family)

Thanksgiving is just one week away and while the holidays are an exciting time for most, they can be difficult for those who don’t know where their next meal is coming from.

That’s where Project Thanksgiving comes in; it’s a partnership between United Way of Palm Beach County and CBS12 News that aims to provide all families with a warm holiday meal.

One of the organizations benefiting is Adopt-A-Family of the Palm Beaches in Lake Worth.

“A lot of families in our communities are just one paycheck away from facing a three-day notice or an eviction,” said Matt Constantine, the CEO of Adopt-A-Family. Those are the families their organization serves. “We try to either keep them from entering the homeless system or unfortunately if they have to enter, we work with the families to help them get back on their feet.”

That means working on projects to provide affordable housing to their clients.

“We are building 14 new housing units that should be ready in March or April. The units are going to be targeting families with children, many who have lost their place to live.”

Constantine says the complex is just blocks away from an elementary school, allowing them to work closely to connect the dots between housing and academics.

The organization also offers after-school programming specifically tailored to the individual needs of formerly homeless children and those from low-income families in the community.

With a huge focus on keeping families together, it should come as no surprise Thanksgiving is a big deal for the organization!

“For 36 years Thanksgiving has been a big part of what we do with our families,” Constantine said.

Thanks to Project Thanksgiving, the Adopt-A-Family team can make sure the families they serve have access to food and gift cards to purchase ingredients to enjoy a warm holiday meal together.

“So many of the families we work with when we talk with them down the road years later, they will mention, ‘I remember that. I remember having that for Thanksgiving dinner and how big of a deal that was to my kids when we were in the middle of so much crisis in turmoil.’”

So far, Project Thanksgiving has raised over $54,000.

To donate, click here.

Twenty dollars can feed a family of four.