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What It Means to Have a Home and How You Can Keep Manatee Families In Theirs

Susie Bowie 2021

Over the past two years, many of us have felt a renewed appreciation to have a home. I have regarded my home as a quiet refuge that is safe and secure.

As much as I have waited to enjoy in-person events, meals in restaurants, and visiting beyond the screen, having a stable place to live is a true privilege.

The “getting back to normal” days seem to be upon us, yet many families in Manatee County are one paycheck away from a financial disaster that can be triggered by sickness, a childcare issue, domestic violence, or even a vehicle in need of repair. Indeed, in many cases, COVID-19 caused greater disparities between those with resources and those without.

For more than 20 years, the Season of Sharing Campaign has helped individuals and families on the verge of homelessness remain in their homes with one-time help, guided by a trusted organization and case worker.

When we support families in need of emergency assistance, we also keep local education efforts on track, enhance a healthy labor market, minimize expensive disruptions in housing, and reflect the empathy and compassion we believe in here in Manatee County.

Each year, I make a personal gift to Season of Sharing for Manatee residents. I hope you might consider it too.

Our sister organization, the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, provides the administrative support for this fundraising campaign at no cost to donors. You can learn more and give here. For every $500,000 raised by our community, The Patterson Foundation will contribute $100,000. If you are looking for a good home for the RMD (required minimum distribution) from your IRA, Season of Sharing is a great option to help you avoid tax consequences.

Thank you for the year-round caring you show for our community’s vulnerable residents, which are often our friends, neighbors, and colleagues.

Susie Bowie
Executive Director
Manatee Community Foundation