We Need Your Help!  Hurricane Irma Emergency Food Relief:   Donate Now Donate Today!

As a result of power outages due to Hurricane Irma, millions of Florida families were forced to throw away food. Thankfully, several of our generous Product Partners have pledged 25 truckloads of fresh produce and proteins ready to be delivered to our UP Centers. Unfortunately, the fuel and freight costs to cover these additional shipments will cost our organization $60,575. Please consider making a donation to sponsor a pallet or truckload to help ensure this donated product can make it into the hands of those who need it most during this difficult time.

Programs Designed To Empower

Our Life Enrichment Center serves as a place where those in crisis care, case management, transformative education, food and household subsidy, employment training and placement, personal empowerment training and active referrals to other collaborative social service providers.

Crisis Care and Assistance

The Crisis Care Program provides those in emergency situations with resources to address their immediate need and works to identify the chronic underlying issues and provide long-term support to address them through a case management model. If you are facing a crisis and do not know where to turn, please call 772-564-9365 or stop by the UP Center.

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Workforce Development Programs

The Workforce Development Programs at the UP Center are focused on the importance of assisting those in need in our community in gaining and retaining employment. Our programs include Success Training for Employment Program (STEP) and Rapid Employment Program (REP) which provide a complete employment support programs including classroom training, certifications, job placement assistance and career development with the goal of moving the participant from economic insecurity to self-sufficiency.

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Food Assistance

Our Member Share Grocery Program provides members who financially qualify unrestricted access to nutritious groceries with the members participating by providing a nominal handling fee that covers.

Through October 31, 2016, the 2470 member families have saved an estimated $3.45 million in grocery budgets of our members; savings can be used to pay for other necessities such as childcare and rent.

Additionally, UP Center’s Emergency Pantry and ongoing Food Assistance Programs including Give & Get and Earn While You Learn programs provide emergency food and ongoing support to those in need.

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Education

Our Education Program provides participants a with educational opportunities and referrals that provide them access to GED Prep, GED testing, Vocational Training, Children’s Tutoring, Post-secondary education and Life Skills Workshops. If you are interested in completing your high school education, advancing your education through college or vocational training or are simply interested in on-going learning through workshops in computers, cooking, nutrition, finance or stress management, our educational programs are for you.

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