The faces of homelessness today often include struggling families with hungry children. BB&T launched its homelessness outreach program in 2012 after seeing a disconcerting “60 Minutes” segment about thousands of homeless children in Orlando, Fla. BB&T has helped more than 40,000 homeless students and their families in Central Florida by providing funding for emergency housing, food, transportation, medical care and more. In 2015, the initiative was expanded into four additional southeastern states and the District of Columbia. The lives of more than 10,000 students and their families have been positively affected by this expanded program.
Single mom Jully C. was evicted from her home as she struggled to keep up with rising medical and other bills. It was a program supported through BB&T’s homelessness outreach funding that Jully said helped her find a place to live, a steady job and an excellent school and day care for her two children. She’s now working toward owning her own home while living in a supportive apartment community for the once homeless.
Through BB&T’s Lighthouse Project more than 2,500 associates have volunteered to help the homeless in 150 various community projects. Whether providing hygiene kits for local schools, creating baskets of household items needed for new housing placement, or helping build homes and other places to come together, BB&T associates are giving back and making differences in the lives of others. BB&T is proud to be firmly rooted in the communities we serve and honored to join our friends, family and neighbors in building stronger and more vital communities.