Tuesday, May 14, 2024

HomeSafe Honors Top Donors with Luncheon, Tour of Boca Campus

It was a who’s-who of Boca philanthropy as the top donors to HomeSafe gathered for a topping off ceremony yesterday at the nonprofit’s Bernstein Family Foundation Campus in Boca Raton followed by a luncheon hosted at Le Sorelle.

HomeSafe — a nonprofit with the mission of providing a safe space and resources for victims of child abuse and domestic violence to thrive — welcomed members of its Guardian Society (donors of $50,000 or more) to tour the campus, currently under reconstruction and slated to open its doors this Holiday season.

The renovations at the Boca Raton campus are part of the nonprofit’s “Healing the Hurt” capital campaign, which will also fund the creation of two new HomeSafe campuses in Palm Beach County and a renovation of the Lake Worth Beach campus. Reconstruction of the Boca campus is still very much bare bones but during the tour donors were given a sneak peek at renderings of the final space that will serve as the home and recreation areas for 12 children upon completion.

Each child will have their own room on the campus, providing a much-needed sense of privacy and safety for kids that have come from traumatic households.

“Most of the kids we talk to have never had their own space,” says HomeSafe Chief Operations Officer Mike Tomczak.

The kids at the Boca campus will also have access to recreation building that includes a movie room, music room, workout room and computer lab. These areas will help to promote socialization as well as provide a more relaxed therapeutic atmosphere.

Interior rendering of HomeSafe’s Bernstein Family Foundation Campus in Boca Raton

Touring the halls of this new campus was especially poignant for longtime HomeSafe supporters. Jayne Malfitano recalls the early stages of development for the campus, back when she, along with the Junior League of Boca Raton, first looked to bring a childrens’ shelter to Boca. Now, her time and donations will be making a difference in the lives 12 children.

“To see the property now being revamped and changed to better serve the children of our community, it’s heartwarming,” says Malfitano.

After the tour, guests were treated to a luncheon hosted at Le Sorelle with members of the HomeSafe team, including CEO Matthew Ladika, who thanked the donors for their continued support over the years.

“Today is an opportunity for me to share with you my gratitude and the joy that I feel being surrounded by a room full of smart, generous, truly kind-hearted people who care about our children and believe in HomeSafe,” said Ladika.

“My promise to you today is that HomeSafe will never stop growing, adapting and improving. We’ll take a measured approach toward growth, as we always do, because we know the challenges and opportunities facing us. Please continue to stay with us on this journey, so that we can change the lives of even more children.”

Tyler Childress
Tyler Childress
Tyler is the Web Editor and a contributing writer for Boca Raton magazine. He writes about food, entertainment and issues affecting South Florida. Send story tips to tyler@bocamag.com.

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