(left to right): Community Foundation of the Florida Keys President and CEO Jennifer McComb, Andrea Spottswood, Elena Spottswood, Terri Spottswood, and Samuel’s House Executive Director Tara Salinas.

Samuel’s House to Aid Housing with Generous Grant From Banyan Grove Endowment at Community Foundation 

Providing much-needed housing assistance for Keys residents with critical temporary and permanent housing challenges is possible thanks to a generous $12,731 grant to Samuel’s House from the Banyan Grove Endowment at the Community Foundation of the Florida Keys (CFFK). The funding will assist Samuel’s House in supplying housing and shelter assistance and numerous support services for homeless women and intact families in Key West.

“As problems in our local, regional and national economies persist, the needs of our clients continue to increase at the same time that supportive resources continue to decrease, and contributions like these help us tremendously in our mission,” said Tara Salinas, executive director of Samuel’s House. “This donation will go a long way to help so many!”

The Banyan Grove Endowment, established by members of the Spottswood Family at the Community Foundation in 2014, supports affordable and special housing needs, disaster relief assistance, and other causes. “It’s been a very challenging time for many of our residents over the past year or more,” said Andrea Spottswood, one of the Banyan Grove Endowment fund advisors. “We’re pleased to be able to help with essential needs, like housing, and grateful to be able to support nonprofits like Samuel’s House, which are critical to helping those in most need in our community.”

The Community Foundation helps individuals and families by inspiring giving and by investing in people and solutions to benefit residents from Key Largo to Key West. To create a personalized fund or contribute to funds helping others, visit cffk.org or call 305-292-1502.

Your Community Foundation of the Florida Keys, In Paradise for Good, is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Since 1996, the Community Foundation has been connecting people, resources and needs through philanthropy. CFFK helps individuals and families leave a legacy in the Keys by inspiring giving and by investing in people and solutions to benefit every resident from Key Largo to Key West. Over $30 million in grants have been made to student scholarships, arts and culture, beautification and preservation of the Keys, health and human services, hurricane relief, and youth programs. The Community Foundation is known for its signature “Unsung Heroes” event which honors nonprofit volunteers. For more information, call (305) 292-1502 or visit cffk.org.