UP GROCERY ANNOUNCES ADJUSTMENT OF HOURS RELATED TO THE CORONAVIRUS

Effective March 19, Member Share Grocery Program hours at our three UP Centers located in Orlando, Indian River County and St. Lucie County will transition to be Monday - Saturday, from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m., with our Orlando and St. Lucie County locations also operating Sundays from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. To streamline our operations to focus on the increased need at our main Indian River UP Center, our satellite grocery program located in South Vero Beach will close at 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 21.

As we continue to focus on serving the community during this increased time of need, our programs remain available to low-income families.

For more details on our response to this ever-changing situation, including the enhanced precautionary measures we are taking to protect every person who steps foot onto each of our campuses, please click here.

In stressful situations, many of our neighbors turn to United Against Poverty for information, direction and reassurance. Now more than ever, we are deeply grateful for your support.

First class of 2020

January 13, 2020 marked the first day of the Success Training Employment Program (STEP) for 20 eager adults at the United Against Poverty St. Lucie campus. STEP is an adult workforce training program where students are taught emotional intelligence, resume writing, job interview preparation, and development of a career plan in the six week course. United Against Poverty then provides help with job acquisition and success coaching for 3 years after employment. According to Canieria Gardner, Executive Director, “In 2019, 93% of individuals who completed the training are employed. Since its inception in 2018, the job retention rate is 86% past one year. This program is so successful, that there are over 90+ eager people on the waiting list.” She claimed that, “STEP is proven to raise household income on average of $16,000 while lowering expenses related to government benefits, creating an average economic impact of $51,000 per family, per year.” Gardner went on to say, “We are excited for the future of this first class of 2020 and their respective families. Today their lives are moving Up.”