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Metropolitan Ministries’ Uplift U Participants Avoid Homelessness

Based in St. Petersburg, Florida, Bankers Warranty Group provides customer support solutions for consumer product retailers and manufacturers through a host of after-sale services, including insured extended service plans, troubleshooting assistance, service and claims management, and customized online portals. Equally committed to the welfare of local community members as to the success of its commercial clients, Bankers Warranty Group supports the efforts of Tampa-based homelessness relief organization Metropolitan Ministries.

Through programs such as Uplift U, Metropolitan Ministries offers assistance to those in Florida’s Pasco, Polk, Pinellas, and Hillsborough counties who are homeless or in danger of forfeiting their place of residence. A free mid- to long-term residential program, Uplift U ensures that single women and families struggling with poverty and lack of shelter have a secure home and adequate food, as well as access to counseling and education. Since its inception, Uplift U has aided more than 100 families each year as they work to regain economic stability and independence.

Uplift U encompasses eight separate components ranging from substance abuse rehabilitation counseling to money management classes, with its primary feature being the provision of emergency transitional housing at a Metropolitan Ministries facility containing 41 family units and nine spaces reserved for single women. Program participants are eligible to reside in the shelter for up to 18 months, but the level of need varies and some reside in the shelter for only a few weeks.