First Lady Casey DeSantis ‘Hope Program’ Helps 30,000 Floridians

June 10, 2022 Updated 1:21 PM ET

Casey DeSantis

June 10, 2022 Updated 1:22 P.M. ET

TALLAHASSEE (FLV) – First Lady Casey DeSantis announced that the program she spearheaded called “Hope Florida- A Pathway to Prosperity” has helped more than 30,000 Floridians work to become economically self-sufficient. 

“I am extremely proud of the work that has been done to help Floridians find hope for a better life and realize their potential,” Casey DeSantis said. “In the months ahead, we will be looking at ways to build off this momentum and continue to grow the program to connect individuals across the state with entities that seek to serve others in their community.”

The program helps people and families with immediate needs or long-term goals. It assists current and former foster youth, pregnant mothers dealing with substance misuse, and Floridians receiving public benefits. 

One program participant applauded the program and its workers after she lost her job when facing post-pandemic health issues. 

“Her kind heart and professional assistance kept me sane and helped me gather all the information needed for these services,” said Shari G. “I am forever grateful and pray these services continue so they are able to help those in need.”

The program is implemented by the Florida Department of Children and Families and partners with local community-based partners, the private sector, faith-based institutions, and nonprofit organizations.

“We are front-loading our service array to prevent families and individuals from finding themselves in a crisis situation further down the road. We see every interaction as an opportunity to help,” said DCF Secretary Shevaun Harris. 

To receive support from Hope Florida – A Pathway to Prosperity, Floridians can call the Hope Line at 850-300-HOPE. Additional information can be found at HopeFlorida.com.

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