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Florida First Lady DeSantis Offers Proven Model to Help Struggling Families

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While the Biden Administration’s answer to everything is to print more money, so we can spend more money, Florida is actually trying to solve the root of the problem when it comes to struggling families in America, and she might be on to a real winning formula.

Florida first lady Casey DeSantis is promoting an effort that brings the public and private sectors together to help struggling families which has already improved the lives of nearly 50,000 Floridians.

According to Newsmax, DeSantis wrote an opinion column in The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday explaining her “Hope Florida, a Pathway to Prosperity” initiative. She said the approach, now proven “can be a model for America.”

“Since 1964, when President Lyndon Johnson announced his ‘War on Poverty,’ more than $23 trillion has been spent on federal and state anti-poverty programs, with no meaningful improvement in poverty rates,” DeSantis wrote. “After decades of failure, it’s time to try a community-based approach, in which government plays a role but is not the only solution.

DeSantis went on to write, “In Florida, instead of overrelying on government, we’re organizing the generosity and goodness of neighbors to help one another. Our state government extends a helping hand, connects parents and their children with local community resources, and then stays out of the way. Based on our success so far, I’m confident that Hope Florida can be a model for America.”

Casey DeSantis (Octavio Jones/Getty Images)

DeSantis has already proven the model in Florida by traveling through the state and encouraging others, including faith-based communities, nonprofits, businesses, and state and local governments to help each other instead waiting for a handout.

“To learn how to maximize community collaboration outside government, I traveled our state and held roundtables with our faith-based communities, nonprofits, businesses, and state and local government partners,” wrote DeSantis, mother of three young children who has applied her own advice to help others in the community.

“I saw the passion of Floridians spending their time and treasure helping others. But unfortunately, many were working in silos.”

Casey DeSantis has taken a similar approach to her husband, Governor Ron DeSantis in suggesting that the “government’s role must be limited, accountable and nonexclusive,” and that “we must unite communities and work together to put parents and their children on a path to prosperity.”

The Florida First Lady has already established “Hope Florida” which relies on community members to guide and offer assistance to those who are less fortunate. DeSantis calls these people “Hope Navigators”. These people are employees of the Department of Children and Families who processed government payments, according to Newsmax.

These employees now “help parents identify barriers to their family’s prosperity, map out individualized plans, and make sure that the best nonprofit and private resources are a key part of the solution,” Casey DeSantis wrote.

Also, a scalable way was identified to activate the state’s faith and community-based organizations to meet the immediate needs of citizens who might otherwise rely on the government.

CarePortal technology allows Hope Navigators to identify the needs of struggling Floridians and enter that information into a computer-based network. Nongovernmental organizations then respond to the needs.

“CarePortal requests are typically entered and fulfilled only once,” DeSantis wrote. “Why? We’ve found that once local community organizations learn of struggling moms, dads, and their children, neighbors won’t let that family go hungry or homeless again.”

So far, the program has worked to help over 50,000 Floridians including a single mother of five sho was living in her car in Jacksonville. Because of “Hope Florida”, she now works at a grocery store and has a safe home for her children.

DeSantis hopes to offer this solution to other states in America so they too can apply a similar model to solving the root of the problem once and for all for struggling families.

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