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While at Family Renew Community, parents experiencing homelessness with their children are encouraged to build their earning potential for lifelong economic well-being. Vocational education and job training are keys to better employment.

Available options for Family Renew Community parents have been greatly expanded by two grantmakers:

Women United Volusia. A grant of $1,600 is covering all costs associated with vocational training certificates for two mothers experiencing homelessness with their children in 2018. Women United Volusia, an initiative of the United Way of Volusia-Flagler Counties, creates lasting change for women and children.

Minto Foundation. A grant of $5,000 was awarded for 2018 by the Minto Foundation to fund vocational education and job training for mothers and/or fathers experiencing homelessness with their children. Minto Foundation is the charitable giving arm of Minto Communities, which is developing the Latitude Margaritaville resort-living community in Daytona Beach.

These grants put new opportunities in reach for Family Renew Community parents, including vocational certificate programs offered by private institutions. The Minto grant also is covering miscellaneous costs, such as test fees, for Family Renew parents who are availing themselves of Florida’s tuition waiver for homeless students at Daytona State College.

Together, these funding sources open opportunities for high-school equivalency diplomas and training for careers in health care, law enforcement, manufacturing, hospitality and other fields.