Bridges out of Poverty Getting Ahead in a Getting by World”

The Planning Committee has met with several “experts” in this area and is preparing to launch a series of “getting to know Bridges” mini sessions in Naples and Immokalee.

A SOAR Trainer, Gina Wynn, came last month and spoke to the COC General Membership about the value of being a SOAR Trained Case Manager. The Hunger & Homeless Coalition is working on a 2 day training workshop with Gina for all interested case managers in Collier. Stay tuned more to come ……


May 30, 31, and June 1st the Hunger and Homeless Coalition will be participating in the annual HUD Monitoring for Continuum of Care Lead Agencies. This monitoring helps the Coalition Executive Director, Programs Manager, and CRN Administrator with a myriad of HUD Grant reconciliations including the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA).

We appreciate the HUD Reps coming to the Coalition and working alongside of staff here to review and guide us toward a higher level of excellence when serving our COC Partner Agencies and their missions!

CRN Takes Off! The commitment by this community of providers to the new CRN Project has already been amazing! In the old HMIS we had 12 participating users – today already have 42 users in the new CRN! A huge thank you again to all who are assisting with the growth of the system and encouraging other agencies to consider use of the CRN!!!

We are still in the “waiting” period for the data transfer from the old HMIS to the new CRN – thank you to all who have been patient during this process. We are anticipating an update any day now from Bowman and it will be shared with all as soon as we have it.


Committee Chairs will be providing updates on their respective committees at both the next EXE-COM and General Membership meetings.

The Data/HMIS Committee is continuing to monitor the data transfer process and will have more updates has that process is completed. Michael reported that agencies are already pouring in data into the new CRN and he is out and about doing field trainings as requested by the participating agencies.

CoC Committee Chairs

  • Data/HMIS – Chair Michael Overway
  • Employment & Supportive Services – Chair Fred Richards
  • Grants – Co-Chairs Christine Welton & Ashley Jones
  • Housing – Chair Ray Steadman
  • Planning – Chair Christine Welton
  • Youth – Chair Thomas Wedlock
  • Veterans – Chair David Soldano


The 10 Year Plan to End Homeless in Collier County called Vision 20/20 is: A Clear View of Housing for All Members of Collier County is a community-level action plan for addressing the housing needs of adults, families, youth, and children who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. The development of this plan has been a collaborative effort involving individuals and families who have or are currently experiencing homelessness or are at risk of becoming homeless, unaccompanied youth identified as homeless, service providers, advocates, policy makers, and other community leaders.

Goal #3 – Centralized Intake for Accessing Needed Services

Strategy #1 – Create a countywide central point of intake for housing services.

To learn more about the Vision 20/20 Plan visit our website


July 29, 2017 the Hunger & Homeless Coalition in partnership with the Kiwanis Club of Collier County and the Collier County Public School District will be hosting “Christmas in July” for homeless and at-risk students. The project is attended to assist 800 plus homeless and at-risk students in the school district with school supplies and clothing. The partnership will raising donations and accepting brand new school supplies and clothing through the end of June. If would like to donate you can do so below at the Hunger & Homeless Donate Now Link and specify for Christmas in July or by contacting Bill Ricigliano at

If you or your agency has a community event planned please send it to Michael Overway at and he will posted in next months news letter.


Our Daily Bread exists to share the love of Christ by reducing hunger and building relationships in our community. Our goal is to offer nourishing food choices, encouragement, and hope.

Referrals for financial assistance come from the local churches. An application may be picked up from the Family Church or contact us at

Our Daily Bread Food Pantry is open on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month from 10am to noon, or by appointment.

People who live and/or work on Marco Island, Goodland, Isles of Capri, E. Naples and surrounding areas are welcome. Food donations are thankfully accepted and may be dropped off in The Family Church lobby during business hours.