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Earlier this year, Southern States Management Group  created a private Foundation for the purpose of improving the standard of living for those in need in our immediate areas with specific emphasis on transitional and permanent housing, physical and mental wellness, social stability and educational opportunity; we believe that these factors are paramount for a state of improved livability. More specifically, the overarching goal of the Foundation is to provide financial and in-kind resources that will directly and immediately improve the quality of life of individuals and families in Volusia or Flagler County.

We hosted our inaugural event, a team scramble golf outing at the Conservatory at Hammock Beach, last month which afforded the opportunity to make a sizable contribution to Family Renew Community in the amount of $30,000.

Family Renew Community provides safe and stable transitional housing for area families with children in need and equips them with the tools they need to be self-sufficient going forward. The organization has 32 apartments at three different campuses in Holly Hill, Daytona Beach and DeLand. These housing units are available for six months or more with no rent or utility payments due. Family Renew Community offers about 60 families a year safe haven from desperate situations and offers more than just temporary shelter. Southern States was proud to have had the Family Renew team at the event as ambassadors of the program to speak with the 144 golfers and nearly 50 event sponsors.

“I want to take this opportunity to further convey the impact of your gift on Family Renew Community as an organization and the families we serve. Your gift is the largest gift Family Renew has received so far this calendar year, with the exception of a bequest. Your gift covers more than 3 percent of our budgeted annual operating expenses for 2020. So you can see that your donation will do much to keep Family Renew Community strong through this challenging time. It will allow us to continue to help families change the direction of their lives despite the pandemic. Your gift exceeds the average amount Family Renew Community invests to lift THREE families out of homelessness, with a 95 percent chance of maintaining stable housing in the months and years to come. Research shows experiencing homelessness as a child is the leading indicator of whether a person will be homeless as an adult. By making that childhood experience of homelessness brief and nonrecurring for the boys and girls in these families, you are interrupting that cycle for generations to come. Thanks again,” expressed Denise O’Toole Kelly, Development Director for Family Renew Community.

The team at Southern States Management Group thanks all involved for helping to make this fundraiser such a success! With positive feedback, we have already begun recruiting volunteers and supporters for next year’s “Classic” which will take place again at The Conservatory on Monday, April 12, 2021. We look forward to highlighting more great news from the Foundation and the benefits it will have on our community!

Check presentation at Family Renew: Pictured from left to right, Fred Annon, President of Southern States Management Group, Jeff Annon, Vice President, Tony Deobil, Executive Director of Family Renew Community and Carsten Georg, Community Association Manager and the 2020 “Classic” Chairman