Nonprofit Partner: Banner Lake Club

Initiative Funded: “Keep Banner Beautiful”

Area of Focus: Hobe Sound, Martin County

In October 2021, after a very heavy rainfall, the roof of a Banner Lake senior citizen’s home collapsed while a family of seven slept under it. A lack of resources prevented them from moving into a safer space, leaving the family homeless — until the Banner Lake Club stepped in.

The Hobe Sound nonprofit has been serving children and families since 1939. As the area’s affordable housing shortage expands, the Club’s “Keep Banner Beautiful” project purchases properties and abandoned homes as an antidote. The group quickly prepared a nearby home for the family of seven, providing them with safe, temporary housing just in time for the holiday season.

“Our goal is to improve the living conditions for all the residents of Banner Lake, which has traditionally been underserved,” said Wendy Reynoso, the project’s executive director. “We’re focused on providing help to the elderly and physically challenged to assist with home maintenance at no cost, as well as helping all residents remove unwanted materials from their properties, all with the aim to maintain our area’s natural and cultural beauty.”