RIVIERA BEACH, FL. (July 13, 2022) – Thanks to simple acts of kindness by several caring Riviera Beach cops, the trajectory of two families’ lives have changed forever.
Officers on the Homeless Task Force recently encountered a pair of mothers down on their luck and in desperate need of help. One mother and her three children were living in their car surviving minute by minute. With the aid of the Riviera Beach Police Department and Riviera Beach Homeless Coalition for Families, the family is now in an apartment and on their way to a better life.
“In this line of work, we see and experience a lot of things,” Officer Jennifer Jones said, who was helped by Officer Samantha Wright in finding the four a roof to put over the family’s heads. “We often meet people at the most vulnerable and most difficult time of their lives. It is a blessing to be able to show the grace and love of God and it brings so much joy to know that these two mothers and all of their children are on the path to a brighter tomorrow.”
More recently, Jones met another mother and her four children when their car ran out of gas. Jones, along with Officers Ramiro Peña and Charles Dowers provided the mother and her children with food, money and gas. Jones immediately reached out to the Riviera Beach Homeless Coalition for Families once again, who within two days sheltered the family and is currently working on securing permanent housing.
“I’m so grateful for the huge hearts and selflessness of our Police Officers,” Chief Joshua Lewis said. “Aside from solving and preventing crimes, this is what we are all about.”
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