For Hometown News
INDIAN RIVER COUNTY -- Representatives of Lauren's Way and the Kiwanis Club of Vero Beach broke ground July 10 for two new picnic pavilions to be built at the Homeless Family Center.
The pavilions will be used by the families for dining, resting, doing crafts, homework and other activities.
Funding was provided by Lauren's Way through the Indian River Community Foundation and the Kiwanis Club of Vero Beach.
Two local professionals are donating their services to help the homeless families. The pavilion was designed by Staffan Lundberg Architect. Brian Hayes of Hayes Construction will supervise the construction.
Construction is planned for August, 2013.
"Last summer, after touring the Homeless Family Center, executive director Mr. Coyle and I imagined it and could see these pavilions in our minds, but to have it actually come together is very exciting. I am truly thankful for the people in this community that have helped me make this become a reality for the families of the Homeless Family Center," said Lauren Weaver of Lauren's Way.
"I wish I could share the words for how I am feeling right now. It is so exciting to be a part of something like this and to be in a community that is so supportive of my mission. I am truly grateful and promise to keep doing everything I can to help the less fortunate," said Ms. Weaver.
Lauren's Way is a project to help the homeless and needy in Indian River County, which was started by Lauren Weaver when she was just seven years old.
For more information, visit www.laurensway.org.
The Homeless Family Center is a nonprofit organization committed to changing lives one family at a time.
The Homeless Family Center is a partner agency of the United Ways of Indian River and St. Lucie Counties, Treasure Coast Homeless Services Council, and Indian River County Children's Services Advisory Committee.
For more information, call (772) 567-5537 or visit www.HomelessFamilyCenter.com.