Since 2006, Lotus House in South Florida has been serving women and children experiencing homelessness. As part of TODAY’s Season of Giving, Lotus House founder and president Constance Collins joins the 3rd Hour of TODAY to talk about her organization’s work. She also gets a heartwarming surprise for the children there: hundreds of toys contributed by Mattel and Fisher-Price.
Founded in 2004, Sundari Foundation, Inc. is a non-denominational, non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of women, youth and children experiencing homelessness by ensuring that they have the sanctuary, support, education and resources needed to heal, grow, and blossom into who they were truly meant to be. The first initiative of the Foundation was the establishment of the Lotus House Women’s Shelter in 2006 in the heart of Overtown, Miami serving homeless women.
Utilizing an innovative, trauma-informed, holistic format, Lotus House provides shelter and multi-faceted, comprehensive supportive services, including access to medical and mental health care, parenting education, counseling and parent/child therapy, life skills and educational advancement, job readiness training, and a host of enrichment activities from art and acupuncture to yoga and meditation offering alternative pathways to healing.
Today, they house over 500 women and children on a daily basis, giving these fragile families the time and tools needed to heal, improving the quality of their lives on every level, helping them achieving greater self sufficiency, and assisting them transition to their new homes.
The Lotus House is a leader in addressing the special needs of homeless women, youth and children with innovative, holistic, evidence based solutions to break the cycle of childhood abuse, domestic violence and homelessness.
Learn more about the Lotus House Women’s Shelter, HERE.