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Catholic Charities is a Recipient of FEMA's Nonprofit Security Grant Program

Catholic Charities Samaritan Center was awarded $95,427 in funds through the State of Florida's Division of Emergency Management nonprofit security grant program in April of 2024. The state of Florida receives funds for this grant through the Federal Emergency Management Agency or FEMA to provide funding for physical security enhancements to vulnerable nonprofit agencies throughout the state.  The Nonprofit Security Grant Program aims to support nonprofits in enhancing their security measures to safeguard both their facilities and the communities they serve. The Florida Department of Emergency Management firmly believe that Catholic Charities commitment to public safety and resilience aligns perfectly with the objectives of the program. 

As part of preparation for grant submission, Catholic Charities spent several months conducting an internal security assessment of all agency facilities in our 5-county service area, and the security needs at the Samaritan Center, our transitional housing facility for homeless families in Vero Beach, rose to top priority.  Grant funds will be used for enhancements to the facilities alarm system, security cameras, phone system, and entry doors. 

This commitment to the safety and security of the Samaritan Center will have a profound impact on the lives of the families we serve. With this grant, we will be able to implement critical security measures to ensure that our residents feel safe and supported as they work towards achieving stability and self-sufficiency.

The Samaritan Center provides a lifeline for homeless families in our community, offering them a safe and nurturing environment where they can rebuild their lives. FEMA and the State of Florida's investment in our security infrastructure not only safeguards the well-being of our residents but also strengthens the overall effectiveness of our programs and services.