March 28, 2023 – The SECO Energy Foundation joined the battle to aid local homeless families in need
by approving a $2,500 grant for Find, Feed & Restore to support the Restore Lake Project. The
Foundation’s $2,500 Health and Human Services Grant will sponsor the organization’s Love & Laughter
Event on May 6 at the Clermont City Center to raise money for the housing solutions project.

The Restore Lake Project provides transitional housing for ten to 14 local families with children. In an
effort to combat homelessness, Find, Feed & Restore provides housing solutions, including transitional
housing, no-cost housing, permanent housing, Women’s Mental Health and Domestic Violence Shelter
and homelessness avoidance in Lake County. The programs help families who are struggling with
financial difficulties avoid homelessness. Restore Lake’s facility provides no- or low-cost housing,
financial education resources and a case manager to help families into future homeownership, job
opportunities and more. The facility’s goal is for its families to reach mental and physical balance and
become self-sufficient.

The SECO Energy Foundation Board of Directors District 1 Director Sara Meyer is pleased the SECO Energy
Foundation is making a difference in local communities. Ms. Meyer stated, “Affordable housing options
for low to moderate income families have drastically decreased by Florida’s recent increased population
boom. To improve the quality of life in SECO Energy’s service area for residents, the Restore Lake Project
will help the families most impacted by the COVID pandemic, increasing costs and housing prices on the
rise. I am extremely pleased that my fellow Directors and I unanimously approved a health and human
services grant for Lake County citizens who desperately need our assistance.”

Find, Feed & Restore Vice President of Development Stephen Shylkofski is grateful for the SECO Energy
Foundation’s partnership. Mr. Shylkofski stated, “We are thankful for the opportunity to build on the
partnership with the SECO Energy Foundation to grow our programs in Lake and Sumter Counties. Along
with the SECO Energy Foundation and our other community partners, we can begin to achieve our goal
of eradicating homelessness from our communities.”

The SECO Energy Foundation is a nonprofit 501c3 entity funded largely through SECO’s electric bill
roundup program and will be supplemented by grants the Foundation applies for through other private
and federal funding programs that align with the SECO Energy Foundation’s goals. Participating
members’ extra pennies are donated to the Foundation to fund grants and bill payment assistance that
make a difference in the lives of members across the communities served by SECO Energy.
SECO Energy’s CEO Curtis Wynn stated, “Concern for community is a key co-op principle that ties in with
health and human services in our local communities – especially for its most vulnerable members.
Surveys tell us that members want to be part of an organization that does more for their consumers and
communities than sell goods and services. The SECO Energy Foundation’s focus is to improve the quality
of life in and around SECO’s service area. The Foundation’s support of the Restore Lake Project creates
a difference in our communities.”

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