To discuss her Hope Florida initiative and find new ways to work with Florida’s churches and religious institutions to meet Floridians’ needs, First Lady Casey DeSantis today welcomed female faith leaders from all over the state to the Governor’s Mansion. First Lady Casey DeSantis said, “I have been proud to witness the dedication of our Florida faith-based communities in providing for our vulnerable children, families, and elderly.”
“You have not only been a force in prayer but also pioneers in attending to the needs of your neighbors. We know the importance of everything you have accomplished on behalf of Floridians. We wanted to convene this group of religious leaders today to exchange ideas and work together on how to support one another and our neighbors going forward.
Erik Dellenback, the Governor’s Liaison for Faith and Community, said, “It is an honor to be a part of our first Women of Faith event and to be able to share with these incredible women of our state. “I am sincerely grateful for First Lady Casey DeSantis’ tireless efforts and enthusiasm to serve as a conduit between some of our state’s most vulnerable residents and our faith- and community-based organizations ready to assist.”
Hope Florida – A Pathway to Prosperity, an initiative spearheaded by First Lady DeSantis and carried out by the Florida Department of Children and Families, dismantles conventional community silos by bringing together the private sector, faith-based organizations, non-profits, and governmental entities to maximize resources and uncover opportunities for Floridians in need.
To lead Floridians on an individual path to prosperity, economic self-sufficiency, and hope, “Hope Navigators” look beyond government to assist individuals in identifying their immediate needs while developing long-term goals. The Department of Elder Affairs joined the Hope Florida initiative last month with the launch of Hope Florida – A Pathway to Purpose, a program designed to help Florida’s seniors and give them volunteer opportunities.