A New Beginning
Unbroken Dreams was established as a non-profit organization in 2021 to help less fortunate people develop self-esteem and rebuild their lives through housing, health, education, and employment services aimed at restoring the resident as a responsible member of the community. It provides transitional and long-term housing and life skills training for homeless families and people who have been previously incarcerated as they move from dependent to self-sufficient lifestyles.
The users of Unbroken Dreams come from all backgrounds and ages and need assistance integrating into society by providing support and advice in housing and financial planning, health and well-being, education, and employment. They have either had difficult lives or made a decision that affected the rest of their lives. Their choices, circumstances, and decisions have often meant time in prison and may involve additional probation and/or registration requirements after release. These restrictions make it more difficult to locate stable housing and employment.
In the event that stable housing is found, it is most likely in a dangerous or crime invested neighborhood, which decreases their chances for success in the community and, in turn, increases their chance of recidivism. Studies show there is increasing homelessness in Florida. According to the 2019 homeless count reported to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, “on any given night, there are at least 28,328 homeless men, women, and children sleeping on the streets, behind buildings, in encampments, in cars, emergency shelters, and transitional housing.” According to the Veteran Administration, Florida has the second highest number of homeless veterans in the US. In 2019, a total of 2,543 Florida vets were counted by the authorities experiencing homelessness; that is nearly 9% of the total homeless population.