As we continue to focus on serving the community during this increased time of need, our programs remain available to low-income families.

If you or someone you know is in need of crisis stabilization services, dignified food assistance, housing navigation, computer lab access or counseling referrals related to mental health, substance abuse or domestic violence, please contact us today.

Our Indian River, Orlando and St. Lucie UP Center Hours are Monday - Saturday, from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m., with our Orlando and St. Lucie County locations also operating Sundays 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Our satellite grocery program in South Vero Beach is now open Monday - Saturday, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

In stressful situations, many of our neighbors turn to United Against Poverty for information, guidance and reassurance. Now more than ever, we are deeply grateful for your support.


As of Monday, January 27 our North Member Share Grocery, Crisis Stabilization, Education and Success Training Employment Programs– as well as collaborating partner services– are operating fully out of our new facility. Located at 1400 27th Street, our new UP Center is just across the street from our former US-1 campus – click here for a map.

WPBF 25 Interview: UP IRC staying open to provide essential services during the caronavirus crisis.

March 25, 2020

UP was recently on WPBF 25 to talk about the New UP Center and staying open to provide essential services during the coronavirus crisis. To view the interview visit,

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Syde Hurdus Foundation, Inc. Grant Awarded to UP Indian River!

March 09, 2020

Syde Hurdus Foundation, Inc. based in New York City, New York, is an independent foundation focused on supporting social and human services as well as health organizations. United Against Poverty – Indian River County  received a $50,000 grant in February 2020 from the Foundation to support their mission. Syde Hurdus Foundation’s President Herb Fitz Gibbon II commented “We think UP’s strategic vision and their implementation of it is as good as we have seen.” UP is grateful for Syde Hurdus Foundation’s generous support!

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Sweet Supporters at UP’s lovely Valentine Ball

February 25, 2020

United Against Poverty held it’s seventh annual Valentine Ball and was featured in Vero News.   Read the article here:

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United Against Poverty Opens New UP Center

February 13, 2020

United Against Poverty Opens New Center in Vero Beach                                                                                  United Against Poverty (UP) is building up the community with its new 46,000 square foot UP Center located at 1400 27th Street, Vero Beach. The organization unveiled the new location with a series of events leading up to the official ribbon cutting and grand opening celebration on January 25, 2020. Attendees gathered at the newly transformed center, which was previously a vacant citrus packing house, to welcome the public to the new multi-function campus.   The New UP Center pays homage to the building’s roots by leaning into the industrial...

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United Against Poverty Announces A Campaign to Retrofit Their New UP Center

November 19, 2019

Vero Beach, Fla. — United Against Poverty (UP) embarked on Phase I of the Lifting Lives out of Poverty campaign to provide funds to purchase a building of sufficient size to consolidate its programs and provide additional space to host collaborating partners. Thanks to the generous support of its board and several community stakeholders, UP raised $2 million to purchase a 46,000 square-foot building. The “New UP Center” is located in the historic Main Street area of Vero Beach directly east of the Indian River County Administration Center.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   A second phase of this campaign will fund the buildout, retrofit...

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Lifting Up Lives Together

May 17, 2017

The nearly two-year collaboration of the resources of United Against Poverty, Indian River County Habitat for Humanity and the Samaritan Center were celebrated Saturday, May 13. Sarah Williams was presented with her new three-bedroom home that she purchased at the Waterside Community in the Oslo neighborhood of Vero Beach. Nearly two years ago, Sarah arrived at the Samaritan Center with her three-year-old son De’Andre and pregnant with her daughter De’Asia. She had no money, no food and no housing. She and her family have lived at the Samaritan Center since then. To purchase a home with Habitat, the potential owner...

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Grand Harbor Community Outreach Supports United Against Poverty

May 01, 2017

Grand Harbor Community Outreach recently awarded a $15,000 grant to United Against Poverty (UP) of Indian River County for its Success Training for Employment Program (STEP). “Grand Harbor Community Outreach has been a funding partner of STEP since the earliest stages of our workforce development training,” explains UP’s Executive Director Annabel Robertson. “Through philanthropic support from local foundations and donors, STEP has developed into an impactful program.” STEP is a three-phase program that incorporates a unique 120-hour classroom component, which is composed of three 40-hour curriculums including “Emotional Intelligence for the Workplace,” “Foundation Workplace Skills” and “Job Acquisition Skills.” STEP...

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Splash Party to Celebrate Return of Two Guys United Against Poverty

April 28, 2017

Vero Beach, FL – To welcome home Two Guys United Against Poverty, the community is invited to a “Splash Party” on May 30, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Waldo’s Restaurant and Bar to celebrate the return of Rev. Scott Alexander and Jake Piper from their cross-country cycling adventure. This event is free and open to the public. A cash bar will be provided and proceeds from a charity bar, fun games and a prize drawing will benefit United Against Poverty of Indian River County. Alexander and Piper, who comprise Two Guys United Against Poverty, will have completed a 3,400-mile...

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Impact 100 Members Tour Newly Remodeled STEP Training Center

February 17, 2017

United Against Poverty of Indian River County recently hosted an open house for Impact 100 members on February 8, at the nonprofit organization’s UP Center, located at 2746 US Highway 1 in Vero Beach. Impact 100 members learned about the Success Training for Employment Program (STEP), which received a $100,000 grant in April 2016 for a project entitled “Jump Start Job Opportunities.” The Impact 100 grant provided funding to remodel the STEP classroom, underwrite an online job-mentoring platform and to publish the STEP curriculum workbooks, which were written by United Against Poverty staff. The classroom remodeling project included building permanent...

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Two Guys Against Poverty Plan Ride Across America to Support STEP

February 08, 2017

United Against Poverty recently announced that Rev. Scott Alexander and Jake Piper are currently undergoing training to prepare for their upcoming ride across America to raise awareness and funds to support the organization’s Success Training for Employment Program (STEP). Both Alexander and Piper, who are championing the “Two Guys Against Poverty” ride, will bare over $12,000 in costs to be part of the cross-country trek. The “two guys” also extend an invitation to the community to become part of the movement by making a charitable donation that will benefit the nonprofit organization’s STEP workforce development program. “It’s our hope that...

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