$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.