SailFuture

SailFuture home exteriorWEST REGION
$855,000 FCLF financing
Refinancing & improvements
Supportive housing for youth in foster care

SailFuture’s mission is to “create transformational experiences that empower youth to transform their lives.” Through long-term housing in a family like environment, SailFuture helps some of the state’s challenging teenagers in foster care find stability and a place to begin their growth and healing process.

The SailFuture group home also engages their residents in 3-month service learning programs where they live on and sail a 65-foot sailing vessel. During their journey, youth participate in a fully accredited high school program, receive counseling, and build industry-specific job skills in the marine, hospitality, and culinary fields. After graduating high school and turning 18, the students go on to work full-time or attend college. SailFuture provides transitional housing to ensure a seamless transition on their next step to adulthood.

With financing from Florida Community Loan Fund, SailFuture is refinancing a 4,475 square-foot single family home that serves as a foster care group home, and making needed renovations to the building. Refinancing of the existing mortgage allows the organization to continue its mission and programs, and have infrastructure in place to expand programs to serve youth in other counties. Additional repairs to a dock on the property were provided by a grant through the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce and its 2018 Leadership St. Pete class project.

Since 2013, more than 200 young people have found family, support, and resources within the SailFuture family. 90% have graduated high school on time, 87% are employed full time or attending college, and 87% are in stable housing. In addition to housing and sailing, SailFuture provides job training and alternative education through its private high school.

You can follow the crew’s 2019 journey on the “Defy the Odds” as they assist with hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico at http://map.sailfuture.org.
Learn more at www.sailfuture.org.
Read more about Sail Future and its programs in this article from the Chronicle of Social Change.

Pictured above, this home offers stability and housing for youth in foster care. Below, SailFuture teens learn skills and job training during their stay.

SailFuture boat and residents

Button View More

"Without the FCLF initial loan to purchase land, we might not have been able to move forward with farmworker housing." – Peter Routsis-Arroyo, CEO, Catholic Charities, Diocese of Venice

Casa San Juan Bosco

"The Fathers Table Foundation appreciates the services FCLF provides and the impact on the communities you serve. We believe in your organization and your mission." – Dan Gilardi, President

Fathers Table Foundation

"FCLF was instrumental in making this important project a reality, bringing us one step closer to ending chronic homelessness in Miami-Dade County." – Dr. Paul A. Ahr, President & CEO

Camillus House

"We're thrilled to partner with FCLF to make our project a reality to serve generations of kids in our community." – Dawn Stanhope, President & CEO

Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County

"FCLF is a difference maker! Their team provides solutions to bring about real change in a community." – Tim Marks, President & CEO

Metropolitan Ministries

“The partnership with FCLF is very exciting for us – an essential component in providing greater access to fresh healthy food in downtown New Port Richey.” – Jeff Wright, Owner

Wright's Natural Market

"FCLF understood our context, embraced the project vision, and were willing to make an investment that others deemed as too risky." – Lynn Brockwell-Carey, Executive Director

Brevard Neighborhood Development Coaliti…

"It is really working. FCLF is really touching low-income people." – Florida Community Loan Fund Founding Board Member

Sister Mary Heyser, RSHM

"Thanks to FCLF, we are one step closer to providing a permanent housing solution for veterans and others seeking quality housing at an affordable price." – Carrie Davis, Executive Director

Wealth Watchers

"FCLF staff shares our vision and commitment to serve needy families and provide a high quality education to all children." – Thomas Cole, Founder

Emma Jewel Charter Academy

"We commend the important work of your organization, are glad to support its efforts." – Beverly Dabney

JPMorgan Chase Foundation

"We consider FCLF a valued partner and strong advocates for low-income communities and families. We look forward to many more years of working together." – Jennifer Westerbeck, Vice President

US Bancorp CDC

"I appreciate FCLF for lending in rural areas, where many other lenders are exiting. From the first moment we spoke with FCLF staff, we felt we had a partner." – Jamie Kerr, President, AMCS Dev.

Griffin Heights

“FCLF addresses local community needs, which aligns with our core values. We appreciate your commitment to our communities.” – Mellissa Slover-Athey, Comm Reinv Ofcr

CenterState Bank

“We cannot thank FCLF enough for this partnership, creating permanent housing for our neighbors in need, and their commitment to Florida communities.” – Shannon Nazworth, President & CEO

Ability Housing

"Without FCLF's support, we would not have been able to deliver the services our area so desperately needs. We look forward to a lifetime relationship." – Tom Griffin, CEO

The Transition House, Inc.

"I recommend FCLF for attracting investment to the Florida Preservation Fund... I believe that says something about investor comfort." – Nancy Muller, Policy Director

Florida Housing Finance Corp.

"Thank you to our friends at FCLF. Your staff has been patient and helpful. We'll make you proud!" – Bill Lazar, Executive Director

St. Johns Housing Partnership

"Aida Palms will be a lasting asset to the City of Lakeland. This revitalization wouldn't be possible without financing partners like FCLF." – Mitchell Rosenstein, Principal, Green Mills Group

Aida Palms

"We look forward to continuing our successful relationship with FCLF and working together to meet the needs of our communities." – Nancy Merolla, VP/CRA Officer

Florida Community Bank

FCLF Videos

View video testimonials from FCLF partners.
  • Florida Community Loan Fund and Orange Blossom Family Health, Bringing Healthcare to FL Communities
  • Florida Community Loan Fund and R.E.A.C.H. Strengthening Communities in South Florida
  • Florida Community Loan Fund helped Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County with New Markets Tax Credits
  • FCLF and Operation New Hope, Restoring Jacksonville’s Springfield Community
  • FCLF and SW Florida Collaboratory, Bringing Stability to a Fort Myers Neighborhood
  • FCLF and CDC of Tampa, Stability in East Tampa Neighborhoods
  • FCLF and The Transition House: Building Blocks for U.S. Veterans
  • FCLF and Wendover Housing: Building Blocks for An Aging Population
  • FCLF and CFHC: Building Blocks for Low Income Healthcare
  • FCLF, Reflecting on the Past, Shaping the Future
Our Vision Opportunity and dignity exist for every person and community in Florida.
Our Mission Our expertise and capital make projects successful and help organizations improve lives and communities.