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Twin Palms’ soap, Diaper Bank milestone, senior homeless help

Twin Palms Center for the Disabled has a new social enterprise project: Making soap. The clients have been learning how to measure, pour, mix, weigh and package. The hand-crafted soaps come in an array of colors and scents like lavender and tropical citrus.

Through June 30, Twin Palms will send a bar of soap as a thank you for donations of $50 or more or three bars for at least $100. https://twinpalmscenter.org/donate/

Twin Palms provides affordable day care for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. “Before COVID-19, they would take frequent field trips to the local bowling alley, movie theaters and outings. When the pandemic ended their outings, they got creative to pass the time and build new skills,” according to Twin Palms’ announcement. “Your gift helps us purchase supplies and support our clients with disabilities in reaching their highest potential.”

Diaper Bank reaches milestone: The Junior League of Boca Raton has distributed 5.2 million diapers as of mid-May through its Diaper Bank.

Launched in 2011, the initiative serves 3,000 children per month through 24 local nonprofits. Since its inception, 15,000 local families in need have been helped, the announcement said.

The League estimates an adequate supply of diapers can cost more than $100 per month and are not allowable expenses under federal assistance programs.

As of Jan. 1, 2022, the Junior League of Boca Raton Diaper Bank will be established as an independent non-profit. Boca Raton Innovation Center (BRiC) donates the space for diaper storage and will continue to do so for the new organization. Go to  https://www.jlbr.org/impact/diaper-bank/
or contact diaperbank@jlbr.org

Funds to help homeless seniors: Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services has received a $25,000 grant from the Truist Foundation to support the JFS Homeless Prevention Services for Older Adults.

The service is available to seniors 60 and older who live in Boca Raton, Delray Beach and Highland Beach. The program allows seniors to access short-term financial assistance and HomeShare roommate matching services.

HomeShare matches host homeowners and guest renters 60 and over to share a home for their mutual benefit. The financial assistance component provides help with expenses, including rent (application fees, deposits – first, last, security), utilities and emergencies such as medical or car repairs, moving expenses and disability/mobility accommodations.

Affordable housing is a national crisis heavily impacting Palm Beach County, home to many older adults living on fixed incomes, the announcement said.  “The grant provided by Truist Foundation provides JFS with additional resources to support affordable senior housing in our community,” said Danielle Hartman, Jewish Family Services’ president and CEO.

For additional information on JFS Homeless Prevention Services, contact Elissa Brown Gregory, JFS senior case manager-financial services at elissag@ralesjfs.org or call 561-852-3333 during business hours.

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