Sharing our bread with the hungry, sheltering the oppressed and the homeless, clothing the naked when you see them, and not turning your back on your own. – Isaiah 58:7
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New Executive Director
We are thrilled to announce that Ms. Softin Miller has been named as the new Executive Director of Holy Ground PBC!
Softin was previously the Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Club of Palm Beach County, where she coordinated the opening of the Career Exploration Teen Center in Belle Glade. Prior to relocating to Palm Beach County four years ago, she was a coordinator of youth development services, teacher and youth advocate in Syracuse, New York. She is also the owner of The Balancing Act, which offers health and wellness coaching to clients in the West Palm Beach area.
“Holy Ground PBC has worked diligently to provide family wellness support to homeless young mothers across Palm Beach County,” Softin said. “I’m honored to have been selected to become a part of such a life-changing cause, as the new Executive Director. I am blessed to join such an impactful organization, and together we will ensure the mission and vision of Holy Ground PBC carries on.”
Softin takes over the role of Executive Director from Phyllis Turner Jepson, whose years of unstinting devotion to Holy Ground PBC (see below!) saw the organization grow and develop exponentially. Phyllis has decided to semi-retire, but her service to Holy Ground will continue, as she will be very active within the organization in the area of grant-writing and fundraising.
We look forward to introducing Softin to all of you, our partners and supporters, and we know you will be just as impressed and delighted as we are! If you would like to help us get Softin off to a great start by making a donation toward our mission of sheltering and mentoring homeless young mothers, please click here, and thank you!
With tremendous gratitude and joy, Holy Ground recently celebrated the heart and the soul of our organization — Phyllis Jepson and Barbara Richardson!
Their years of selfless, round-the-clock service to others, compassion, wise counsel, and devotion to our mission are what sanctified our Holy Ground and enabled our young families and our organization to bloom! We are filled with admiration, gratitude and love for both of you.
For more photos of our celebration, click here!
Holy Ground mourns the loss of Father Seamus Murtagh,
who was the inspiration for our program.
Father Seamus believed deeply that we are called to serve during our lifetimes, and he had a special love for the homeless, about whom he said:
When you’re standing
in front of a homeless person,
you’re standing on holy ground.
Father Seamus, you remain forever in our hearts.
Why we so strongly believe in Holy Ground’s long-term, independent living model:
This 5-minute video depicts a theory of change from the Frontiers of Innovation community for achieving breakthrough outcomes for vulnerable children and families. It describes the need to focus on building the capabilities of caregivers and strengthening the communities that together form the environment of relationships essential to children’s lifelong learning, health, and behavior.
To read more about our program…click here!
Our Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony
Above is a small sample of the photos from the event, but you can enjoy all the photos here! Top: Holy Ground’s board and staff proudly show off the new property sign.
Bottom, left: Fr Seamus Murtagh, Danielle Hickox Moore and Mrs Lesly Smith doing the honors. Bottom, right: One of Holy Ground’s little ones is thrilled with her new home!
All photos above © TRACEY BENSON PHOTOGRAPHY
TO SUPPORT THE WORK OF HOLY GROUND:
Holy Ground PBC 200 W. 20th Street Riviera Beach, FL 33404 Phone: (561) 355-5040 E-mail
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HOLY GROUND PBC IS A
PROUD MEMBER OF:
Homeless and Housing Alliance of Palm Beach County
Heartfelt gratitude to all of our supporters who are so generously supporting our work. We are especially grateful to the following individuals, foundations and charities:
- Great Charity Challenge
- Palm Beach Diocese – Council of Catholic Women
- Holy Spirit Roman Catholic Church (Lantana) – Council of Catholic Women
- School Sisters of Notre Dame
- Split Rock Foundation
- Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa
- Ms. Eva Hill
- Extraordinary Charities
- Quantum Foundation
- Mary Alice Fortin Foundation of Florida, Inc.
- Cathleen McFarlane Charitable Foundation, Inc.
- Seasiders of Palm Beach Shores
- Mr. and Mrs. Francis Hogan
- Mr. and Mrs. Richard Martens
- Mr. Cecil Birch
- Bethesda by the Sea Mission and Outreach Committee
- The International Society of Palm Beach
- St. Patrick Catholic Church – Palm Beach Gardens, FL
- The JC Foundation
- The Father’s Table Foundation
- The Friars of Atonement – Graymoor
And heartfelt gratitude, as well, to our partners in providing our clients with the best possible services:
- DePorres P.L.A.C.E.
- St. Vincent de Paul Society – St. Paul of the Cross Catholic Church
- Club 100 Charities Food Bank
- Work Force Alliance
- St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church
- Community Partners