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North Homeless Assistance Center Serves Up Hot Meals and Hope
- Ribbon Cutting Celebrates Culinary Training Program for Residents -

DATE: September 28, 2018
MEDIA CONTACT: Rebecca McGuire
Homeless Initiative Partnership
PHONE: 954-357-5686

BROWARD COUNTY, FL -It's a new day for the 238 residents of the North Homeless Assistance Center (NHAC) in Pompano Beach, now that the Center can provide nearly 1,300 hot meals a day from its new, state-of-the-art professional commercial kitchen. Prior to its arrival, NHAC's kitchen only had warming capabilities and relied on food being brought in to the facility or cooking outside on an outdoor grill.

Perhaps most exciting is that the NHAC kitchen will serve as a future training ground for homeless residents who are interested in developing culinary skills needed for future employment. While at the Center, residents can earn their Florida Food Handlers Card and when they leave, continue their culinary education at local vocational schools at no charge.

The ribbon cutting celebration brought together dignitaries, community stakeholders and local residents. Among them, Senator Nan H. Rich, Broward County Commissioner, who stated, "I'm so proud of the fact that Broward County continues to demonstrate strong leadership in helping to end homelessness in our community made possible by a $600,000 investment by the Broward County Commission."

The high point of the morning was a tour of the kitchen where Chef Rayon McKoy, a formerly homeless resident, spoke about the culinary skills that he learned at the Center which led to employment and turned his life around. "We all go through something and I'm a big believer in second chances. I like working here because I'm in an environment where I'm making a difference in people lives and, in my life, too." Chef McKoy hopes that his success story will be an inspiration for homeless residents.

Photo caption:
Dignitaries participate in the North Homeless Assistance Center Kitchen ribbon cutting ceremony. (L-R): Senator Nan H. Rich, Mandy Wells, Monica Cepero, Rev. Ron Brummitt, Kimm Campbell, Susan Orlowski and Sylvia Beebe.

About Homeless Initiative Partnership
Broward County’s
Homeless Initiative Partnership Section (HIP), a section of the Community Partnerships Division, plans and coordinates services for homeless persons with the goal of ending homelessness. HIP is also the lead agency for the County's Homeless Continuum of Care, a network of organizations, advocates, residents and businesses that plan programs to help alleviate homeless in Broward County. HIP serves as liaison to the Homeless Continuum of Care Advisory Board, which acts as agent for the Board of County Commissioners in the development and implementation of homeless assistance programs. For more information, call 954-357-6101 or visit Homeless Services.

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