SOFI Chronicle | October 2021
We've made an IMPACT!
I'd like to congratulate Robbriannia Johnson, Director of Community Services at Vita Nova, as our new SOFI Co-Chair.

In this role, Robbriannia will help us move the needle of poverty reduction by supporting the workgroup in completion of the activities listed in our strategic plan.

Robbriannia's Biography:

I’m Robbriannia Johnson, the current Director of Community Services at Vita Nova, Inc. I oversee the Spot, which is a safe and non-judgmental drop in center for homeless youth ages 18-25.  For homeless youth who are unaware of where to go or not sure how to get started, the Spot is here to help. We welcome youth in off the streets in an effort to link them to resources and programming aimed at eliminating or reducing the risk of homelessness. At the Spot, youth will receive an assessment of needs, and then connection to life skills training, linkages to housing, health care, employment, education and overall wellness needs. 

I received my Master’s degree from Florida Atlantic University in Criminal Justice in 2017. I am currently pursuing my PhD in Human Services with a concentration on Social and Community Services at Capella University. I am involved in a host of organizations which include Girls Coordinating Council of Palm Beach County, Jewish Women’s Foundation, League of Women’s Voter and with the Women’s Foundation of Florida. I also serve on the board of the non-profit known as God’s Gift, Inc. which is centered in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

You can congratulate Robbriannia on this new role by emailing her HERE.

Agency Spotlight
Vita Nova, Inc. impacts poverty reduction in Palm Beach County by following its mission! Vita Nova is a safe bridge to independence for former foster care, LGBTQ and other homeless youth through supportive housing, education, employment and life skills training. As the voice of homeless young adults, Vita Nova is working to eliminate homelessness for youth ages 18 to 25 years old in Palm Beach County. The support that our team provides at Vita Nova, Inc. allows us to eliminate the many barriers that these youth may encounter. With the services that our provided by our team we are reducing poverty because we are educating the youth on financial literacy, maintaining employment, and assisting with housing stability. This all aids in reducing the impacts of poverty and it starts with the youth that we encounter. Let us share a story with you:
Let us tell you a story about a starfish.
One day, an old man was walking along the beach when he noticed a boy picking something up and gently throwing it into the ocean.
Approaching the boy, he asked, "What are you doing?". The youth replied, "Throwing starfish back into the ocean. The surf is up and the tide is going out. If I don't throw them back, they'll die."
"Son," the man said, "Don't you realize there are miles and miles of beach and hundreds of starfish? You can't possibly make a difference!"
After listening politely, the boy bent down, picked up another starfish, and threw it back into the surf. Then smiling at the man, he said...
"I made a difference for that one."
At Vita Nova, Inc. we are reducing poverty one starfish at a time.

Funding Opportunity
The Community Foundation of Palm Beach and Martin Counties has their annual grant cycle open now!

Programs focus on Community Revitalization, Post-Secondary and Career Pathways, Positive Youth Development.

The deadline to submit an application is October 25, 2021

Policy Spotlight
Florida's First Lady Casey DeSantis is spearheading a new poverty-reduction initiative that is close to her heart.

Hope Florida - A Pathway to Prosperity is implemented by the Department of Children and Families and utilizes "care navigators" to guide Floridians on an individualized path to prosperity by focusing on community collaboration between the private sector, faith-based, community, nonprofits, and government entities to break down traditional community silos, in an effort to maximize community resources and uncover opportunities.

You can read more details HERE.
Employment Opportunities
  1. STEM Coordinator | West Palm Beach | Bachelor's Degree | $18.26-$20.19/hour
  2. Front Office/Medical Assistant | Palm Beach Gardens | High School Diploma or Equivalent + 36 months of experience | $18-$20.50/hour
  3. Code Enforcement Officer | Belle Glade | HS diploma or equivalent + 21 months of experience | $16.60/hour
  4. Administrative Assistant | North Palm Beach | No minimum education + No experience | $18-$20/hour

For more jobs, click HERE.
Upcoming Events
Poverty Awareness Week

SOFI Workgroup Meeting
  • October 28 at 1pm
  • November 18 at 1pm
  • December 16 at 1pm