In memory of its late Chairman Emeritus, Bruce Fyfe, the Homeless Empowerment Program (HEP) in Clearwater has established the Bruce E. Fyfe Endowment Fund. Thanks to the generosity of longtime donors and HEP Board Members, Kate Tiedemann & Ellen Cotton and Phil & Carol Beauchamp, any donations made to the fund will be matched up to $250,000. With this challenge gift, we will effectively match any donation made to this worthy endowment up to $250,000, to help HEP realize their financial goal of one-half million dollars and to memorialize our dear friend Bruce, said Phil Beauchamp, HEP Board Member. Funds raised for this endowment will ensure the sustainability of HEP for decades to come, which was always Bruce’s goal for the organization.
Mr. Fyfe served as Chairman of HEP for more than 23 years, diligently advocating for homeless individuals and families. He also served on the Board of Directors for BayCare and the Morton Plant Mease Foundation, and is a past president of Habitat for Humanity. Mr. Fyfe passed away in March, after a short battle with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, a rare and incurable lung disease. During his tenure as Chairman and in the years after, Mr. Fyfe championed a number of cutting edge initiatives to help those less fortunate, including homeless veterans. One such accomplishment was the establishment of HEP West Apartment Community, a 32-unit complex for homeless veterans returning home from the Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts many of whom suffer with PTSD and the devastating side effects of war. HEP West, along with Fairburn Apartments and HEP West Veterans Clubhouse, comprise the Veterans Campus, which served 566 Veterans last year alone.
To continue the lasting devotion to serving Veterans set forth by Mr. Fyfe, HEP will be dedicating its Veterans Campus as the Bruce E. Fyfe Memorial Veterans Community in a public ceremony on November 8th from 9:30 to 11 am. Please RSVP to Marketing Manager Rebecca Adams at 727.442.9041 ext. 135 if you would like to attend. You can honor Mr. Fyfe’s memory now by making a donation directly to the Bruce E. Fyfe Endowment Fund. This fund will offer hope to those in their most desperate hour and ensure the future of HEP. To make a donation, please address checks to the Bruce E. Fyfe Endowment Fund c/o HEP 1120 North Betty Lane, Clearwater, Florida 33777 or go to www.HEPempowers.org/donate-now.
ABOUT THE HOMELESS EMPOWERMENT PROGRAM (HEP)
Founded in 1986, HEP aims to offer an integrated solution to the issue of homelessness by providing low-income individuals and families with housing, food, clothing and support services necessary to obtain self-sufficiency and improved quality of life.
As part of its mission to help the homeless, HEP operates a 390-bed facility, where emergency and transitional housing is provided for the temporarily homeless as well as permanent supportive housing for mentally disabled individuals, families with children, and veterans. HEP is a non-profit dedicated to helping people help themselves.
For more information, please visit HEP’s website at www.HEPempowers.org