WATCH: Community of Hope Opens Four New Homes in Titusville for Homeless Families
By Steve Wilson // September 14, 2023
Six more units will follow
WATCH: Community of Hope, a non-profit serving homeless families with children by providing housing programs, “cut the ribbon” on four units in Titusville. Representatives from Community of Hope, government officials, building contractors that were involved with construction, and many more were in attendance.
BREVARD COUNTY • TITUSVILLE, FLORIDA – Community of Hope, a non-profit serving homeless families with children by providing housing programs, “cut the ribbon” on four units in Titusville. Representatives from Community of Hope, government officials, building contractors that were involved with construction, and many more were in attendance.
Among those speaking prior to the ribbon cutting were, State Senator Tom Wright, Community of Hope CEO Drew Warren, Titusville Mayor Dan Diesel, Community of Hope Board Member Pam Davis, and Titusville Chamber of Commerce President Erin Akins.
I had the opportunity to talk with Warren prior to the ribbon cutting. He told me these four units are a part of ten units that will be built, with the other six being completed in approximately one year.
In describing these units, Warren said, “These are beautiful, well-constructed units that are for people who are struggling to find affordable housing.”
Senator Wright talked about the challenges surrounding affordable housing. He beamed with pride when talking to those that were directly involved with this project, saying, “Your persistence and your dedication is making this possible for several residents.”
Davis echoed the sentiments of those speaking, saying, “These homes are amazing, and they are going to do such amazing things, not only for the families that live here, but also the community.”
Davis also talked about an upcoming fundraiser for Community of Hope that will be taking place Friday, November 3, 2023, at the Space Coast Convention Center. For information on the fundraiser, see hopeofbrevard.com.
I spoke with Mayor Diesel after the ribbon cutting and he told me, “It’s a beautiful facility. I call these houses that are turning into homes when everyone moves in.” He went on to say, “I think it benefits and enhances our community. It shows that it can be done.”
The highlight of the day for me was when I sat down and talked with Angela.
She and her family will be moving into one of the new units very soon. Angela told me, through a big smile, “It’s a blessing to have a roof over my head for me and my children. And I thank God for everything.” She could not say enough good things about Community of Hope and all those involved with this project that have helped to make her dream come true.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Steve Wilson was born in DeRidder, Louisiana and grew up in both New Orleans and Macon, Georgia. He moved to Brevard County in 1984 and retired from local government as the Community Advocate/Assistant to the City Manager with the City of Rockledge in 2018.
Among the awards and accolades Steve has received over the years are 15 + year Rockledge Little League volunteer, Brevard Public School Jefferson Award Recipient, Rockledge High School Raider Booster Award 2001, 2006, City of Rockledge Employee of the Year 2006, Rockledge Kiwanian of the Year 2006-2007, City of Rockledge Quality Public Service Award 2008, 2012, 2017, Rockledge Kiwanis Citizen of the Year 2012-2013, Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame – Sportscasting 2015, Rockledge High School Leadership and Service Award 2016, Central Florida Humanitarian Award 2017, Space Coast Inspiration Award – 2018 and Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame – Lifetime Achievement – 2020.
Wilson is especially proud of is chairing two fundraisers in support of pediatric cancer research through the St. Baldrick’s Foundation in honor of Merritt Island resident Julie Spurlock that raised over $25,000.00.
He has been a partner, along with Orville Susong, for the past 24 years with the Friday Night Locker Room, a broadcasting team that covers and reports on a wide variety of local events that are of significance to the residents of the Space Coast and beyond. Their mission is to promote youth sports, support first responders and law enforcement personnel, and showcase community and charitable events that are produced by our nonprofit partners in central Florida.
The Friday Night Locker Room has awarded hundreds of sports achievement plaques to Brevard County student-athletes over the years. They have also awarded more than $18,000 in academic scholarships to Brevard County high school seniors.