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FDOT sets 98 flyover as recommended alternative

FDOT sets 98 flyover as recommended alternative

More than 360 people crowded into the Days Inn and Suites Navarre Conference Center Jan. 15 to view and comment on plans to widen U.S. Highway 98 and put a flyover through Navarre. After more than two years of work, Florida Department of Transportation officials presented their top chosen option based on the data. The […]

Volunteers needed for tally of homeless

Volunteers needed for tally of homeless

On the evening of Jan. 24, thousands of volunteers across the nation will take to the streets with pens in hand to count the nation’s homeless in shelters and camps, beneath highway overpasses, in wooded areas and more as part of the 2018 HUD Point in Time Count (PIT). The goal is to get a […]

Ferris Hill brings them in from the cold

Ferris Hill brings them in from the cold

As temperatures dropped below freezing and snow fell in parts of Santa Rosa County last week, people without a home or a reliable heat source were able to stay warm thanks to the county’s cold weather shelter. When the frigid weather reports started rolling in, volunteers of Ferris Hill Baptist Church opened their doors for […]

Making a difference one mat at a time

Making a difference one mat at a time

Cathy Rideaux spends her time making mats for the homeless out of grocery bags. It’s her small way of giving back to a cause that touches her heart in a significant manner. “At one time, I was nearly homeless. I was a week from it happening,” said Rideaux, a Navarre resident who is part of […]

I-C.A.R.E. program targets chronic homelessness

I-C.A.R.E. program targets chronic homelessness

A new program is aimed at giving the chronically homeless of Santa Rosa and Escambia counties an opportunity to find permanent housing, and it could save taxpayers a few bucks in the process. Read the full article in the March 16 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per […]

Homeless students to receive housing through grant

Homeless students to receive housing through grant

A new housing grant will provide some of Santa Rosa’s more than 800 homeless students with a roof over their head. Santa Rosa School District Director of Federal Programs Karen Barber said the housing voucher pilot program would allow parents of identified students to receive a voucher that could be presented to qualified rental locations for […]

Answers never easy

Answers never easy

“Homeless in Paradise” ran in big letters on the front page a week ago as the Navarre Press took a deeper look at the suffering of those in our own county, and following the publication, we had one concerned citizen come into our office to look for deeper answers. She wanted to know why these […]

Santa Rosa’s only family homeless shelter gives hope

Santa Rosa’s only family homeless shelter gives hope

For Santa Rosa families struggling with the daily necessities such as food and shelter, there is only one homeless shelter in the whole county, Family Promise. Milton- based Family Promise provides several individual houses for families to stay in at little to no cost. The group is an outpost of a larger national effort to […]

County’s homeless population hiding in plain sight

County’s homeless population hiding in plain sight

Santa Rosa County has a homeless problem. They may not be asking for change on every street corner or sleeping on benches in every public park, but there is a problem. The problem is they are invisible. That is how Escarosa Coalition on the Homeless marketing director Serene Keiek describes it. The coalition provides support […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Jan. 10

Five Things to Know in Florida for Jan. 10

AIRPORT SHOOTING SUSPECT GETS PUBLIC DEFENDER IN COURT The Iraq war veteran held in the fatal shooting of five people inside Fort Lauderdale’s airport was appointed a federal public defender on Monday after telling a judge that he has no job and only $5 or $10 in the bank. Esteban Santiago spoke clearly during a […]

Blanketing Our Streets feeds the homeless

Blanketing Our Streets feeds the homeless

The back kitchen of Navarre First Assembly of God was packed Saturday, Sept. 24, for the Blanketing Our Streets Community Dinner as the homeless of Navarre and Fort Walton received a free meal with a Tex-Mex feel. Navarre’s homeless ministry Blanketing Our Streets has been around for going on nine years providing food, addiction support […]

Homeless children need your help

Homeless children need your help

Recently, we ran an article on the homeless and unaccompanied students of Navarre. We were shocked by the numbers right here in our hometown. Our children were in school barely a month and already almost 500 were identified as in need, and that number is only expected to go up. As shocked as we were […]

Santa Rosa gives back during Day of Service

Santa Rosa gives back during Day of Service

Despite 90 degree heat, more than 700 volunteers of all ages stepped up to help their community Saturday, July 23, for the first Santa Rosa County Day of Service. More than 20 projects were submitted for the event serving animal shelters, parks, the disabled, the homeless and others. County Administrator Tony Gomillion helped organize the […]

Foster youth get a helping hand

Foster youth get a helping hand

Many 17-year-olds ‘aging out’ of the foster care system face uncertainty. Some of these young adults are still finishing high school. Most lack a family support system to fall back on. “On their 18th birthday, they would just age out of the system,” Young Adult Services Team Manager Melody Kohr said. “They would be solely […]

Kohl has special challenges and needs encouraging family

Kohl has special challenges and needs encouraging family

Kohl is a very sweet young man with some big challenges.  He has Autism and some significant cognitive delays.   His speech is somewhat delayed and he is working on about first and second grade level in most areas although he is enrolled in a 7th grade special class.  He receives weekly language therapy and several […]

No heat for the cold in Navarre

No heat for the cold in Navarre

In our daily lives, we have much to be grateful for, too many things to list. So many things in fact, we rarely say we are thankful for the basics of life and move on to being grateful for the “extras” we enjoy. There are those amongst us who would just be grateful for the […]

UPDATE: Cold Weather Shelter Open Through Wednesday Night

UPDATE: Cold Weather Shelter Open Through Wednesday Night

The cold weather shelter for the homeless or heatless will now be open through Wednesday, Jan. 13 at Ferris Hill Baptist Church located at 6848 Chaffin St. in Milton. Arrival time is 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. No one will be admitted after 8:30 p.m. unless brought in by law enforcement. The shelter closes at 7 […]

Saints Recovery helps homeless in Navarre

Saints Recovery helps homeless in Navarre

Jeff Davis was working in the kitchen of a church when he thought about helping those in need in the Navarre area. “There was always all of this food left over after we fed everyone and I thought, ‘Man, this is crazy. There are so many people that could use this food,’ ” Davis said. […]