Homeless is not Hopeless
Simply the Best Magazine has put together a wonderful article about HOME Boca, which appeared on their website and will be in the print magazine at a later date, is titled “Homeless is not Hopeless”, and describes HOME Boca’s efforts to help the homeless population of Boca Raton. Homeless Outreach Mentoring and Education (HOME) is a wonderful community organization that Jim Batmasian & Marta Batmasian, founders of Investments Limited, hold dear to their heart, and several staff members of Investments Limited volunteers their time as well.
Below are some excerpts from the article, to read the entire article please click here (external link to Simply the Best)
Every Saturday morning from 9AM to 11AM, you can witness a most memorable and magnificent portrayal of people helping people. You will see a large room filled with human “angels”, caregivers who are there every week devoted to giving their time, without question, to those in need. Most who come here to the First United Methodist Church of Boca Raton are homeless and feeling hopeless. A few hours here and you will banish the misconception that all Boca Raton residents flourish in affluent paradise communities. The reality is that many are struggling and desperate.
First, HOME assists by providing basic needs (hygiene packets, food, clothing, wellness care.) Next the program helps with wellness, education and job skills. A free service is offered almost everyday: On Sunday, brown bag lunches are distributed; on Monday, a coin laundry service is available; on Thursday night a hot
dinner is offered and on Saturday, it’s free breakfast and showers. If you stop by the church on Saturday morning, you will see various “stations” scattered around the huge multi-purpose activity room.
Next we met “Jim”, as he moved around the room greeting each person by name and chatting comfortably about their current situation and progress. This is James H. Batmasian, owner of Investments Limited, real estate owner and also philanthropist. We watched him in action at the church as he kindly gave each person attention. His humble manner made it hard to believe that he (and his wife, Marta) are the single largest owners of commercial properties in Boca Raton. Wearing faded jeans as he conversed in an unassuming manner, Jim said, “no one knows I do this; I stay under the radar.” But this roomful of people knows his generosity and thoughtfulness.