June 20, 2019

Allison Kuhn
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Publix Charities donates $15,000 to house homeless families with children

TAMPA, Fla. — Dawning Family Services, formerly known as Alpha House of Tampa, recently received a donation of $15,000 through a grant from Publix Super Market Charities. These funds will go towards the support of our 2019 Family Shelter Programs. 

Dawning Family Services sold its South Tampa property in September of 2018, with plans to build a larger, 61-unit bridge-housing emergency shelter by 2020. In order to provide a safe place to stay to homeless families with children until the new shelter is constructed, Dawning Family Services holds a master lease agreement with local apartment complexes. Utilizing 2- and 3-bedroom units, Dawning Family Services rents apartments sufficient to shelter for 30 families (free-of-charge to them) for up to 90 days.

“We’re very grateful for the donation from Publix Super Market Charities. They’ve been a big supporter of ours for years,” Patricia Langford, Chief Executive Officer said. “This donation will benefit the vulnerable families we serve, which in turn, benefits the community as a whole.” 

Dawning Family Services is seeking support from corporate foundations and government entities to help cover the expense of the master lease agreement, which is estimated at $180,000 per year. The Tampa Hillsborough Homeless Initiative (THHI) and another corporate entity have committed funds to cover the cost of more than half of the master lease agreement. 

Publix Super Market Charities was established by Publix’s founder, Mr. George Jenkins, in 1966 to meet the needs of the people in their communities. Dawning Family Services believes that by providing financial support for emergency shelter for homeless families, Publix is helping to create sustainable change in the lives of the community’s most vulnerable families.


About Dawning Family Services
Dawning Family Services, formerly Alpha House of Tampa, has served homeless families since 1981. Until recently, we offered our shelter and support services to pregnant women and women alone with babies and toddlers. We estimate that we provided shelter to over 3,000 women and thousands of children. In 2018, the board of directors expanded our mission to reflect the agency’s desire to address the growing need we are witnessing to serve families beyond our historic population. Dawning Family Services now serves homeless families with minor children. For more information about Dawning Family Services, email