Our Story

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In 1999 a formerly homeless individual (Courtney) and a Fort Lauderdale Police Officer (Russell) partnered up to help the local homeless population with Outreach Team.  

In the early 2000’s additional Fort Lauderdale Police Officers are trained and assigned to the team. During this time, the TaskForce Outreach Team program was designated a “Best Practice” by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The program was also highlighted as one of the best positive initiatives in the nation by The National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty in their report, A Dream Denied: The Criminalization of Homelessness in U.S. Cities.

From 2000- 2009 Courtney received many awards for her service to the community including the Advocate of the Year Award from the Florida Coalition for the Homeless and the EPIC Award – Exceptional People Impacting the Community from the Mental Health Association of Southeast Florida.

In 2003 the TaskForce Fore Ending Homelessness, Inc. was founded as a 501-c-3 non-profit in Broward County, Florida by Courtney & Officer Russell. The TaskForce receives its first recurring grant from the Florida Department of Children & Families.

In the late 2000s, the TaskForce Fore Ending Homelessness, Inc. hired its first full-time paid employee. The TaskForce receives a recurring grant from the Broward County Department of Human Services and a recurring grant from the United Way of Broward County. Additional Fort Lauderdale Police Officers and more staff members join the TaskForce.

In 2010 the TaskForce receives the Community Champion Award from the Florida Department of Children & Families and a recurring grant from U.S. Department of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

The First Annual Non-Gala, is hosted by the TaskForce Fore Ending Homelessness in 2010 in Broward County.

Over the years, Lorraine Wilby, CEO  and Curtis Walker, Outreach Specialist have received the EPIC Award – Exceptional People Impacting the Community, Mental Health Association of Southeast Florida, for their work with the TaskForce.

In 2014 the TaskForce Fore Ending Homelessness received a grant from the Jim Moran Foundation, allowing the TaskForce to provide an extra level of service to those 60 years of age and older.

In 2017 the TaskForce receives the Community Appreciation Award from Broward Health, Healthcare for the Homeless.

In 2018 the TaskForce grows to seventeen employees assisting homeless living on the streets of Broward County: 14 Outreach Workers, Outreach Services Coordinator, Director of Program & Operations, and CEO.

In 2019 the TaskForce Fore Ending Homelessness celebrated its Diamond Anniversary and hosts the Tenth Annual Non-Gala.

 

Our Guiding Principle Meeting people where they are, geographically, emotionally, and philosophically; and guiding them with compassion, fairness, and purpose.