Guests were treated to a campus tour, videos outlining the purpose and success of the center, refreshments and an opportunity to meet the staff behind the center. During the festivities and program, attendees were able to hear from such speakers as Judge Ginger Lerner Wren and Pompano Beach Mayor Lamar Fisher, as well as be with special guests such as Broward County Commissioner Dale Holness and Tamarac Mayor Pamela Bushnell.
While some groups, organizations and individuals in attendance had previously worked with the Broward Outreach Center in Pompano, for a large percentage, it was their first experience stepping foot on the campus grounds.
“I had heard of the Broward Outreach Center in Pompano before, just through friends and members of our congregation. They said such wonderful things that I had to see if for myself,” said Pompano Beach resident Megan Flynn. “The thing that is so wonderful is how there is a sense of belonging and family here. Everyone is working their hardest to help the less fortunate and it seems like that creates a sense of family.”
During the campus tour, visitors were shown all of the facilities including the cafeteria, laundry room, dormitories as well as where medical attention is provided to the formerly homeless residents. In addition to the tours, several individuals and groups were recognized for their outstanding efforts in helping the homeless of South Florida. Those recognized included Mayor Lamar Fisher, Mayor Pamela Bushnell, Judge Wren as well as Spanish River Church based in Boca Raton.
Opened in 2002, the Broward Outreach Center in Pompano is a 200-bed, state-of-the-art homeless assistance center in Pompano. The program is designed to be an eight week, full-service homeless shelter, with an average stay of 60 days. Services include, but are not limited to, vocational training, education classes and individual management by caseworkers on site.
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Photo: PHOTO COURTESY OF BROWARD OUTREACH CENTER
REGENERATION CHOIR: Formerly homeless residents comprise the choir that pleased the audience at the Broward Outreach Center in Pompano.