Layren is directly responsible for overseeing an events revenue budget of $1,000,000. Under her leadership, Adopt-A-Family has consistently achieved record breaking results in all fundraising initiatives – including its well-known Tree Lighting event. Additionally, Layren helped to create and implement the agency’s most recent capital campaign, Hope Begins with a Home, which raised over $6,000,000 to date.
Layren has been identified as a 2020 Emerging Leader through the Neighborhood Builders Leadership Award of Bank of America. Layren lives in Delray Beach with her husband Rob, and her two teenage daughters. In her free time. Layren enjoys running, cooking, and cruising along the intra coastal.
Adopt-A-Family started in 1983 when one family three Palm Beach County residents adopted one family and prevented them from going homeless. Homelessness takes many forms with some just living in their cars. Adopt-a-Family restores families through –
- Homeless prevention via education and interceding with short-term assistance.
- Afterschool programs for homeless children to break the cycle of having children ending up homeless.
- Other programs including those for middle and high school students and mental health services and job assistance.
They wrap families with help so they won’t ever go homeless again. They ensure children’s school outcomes by partnering with local schools. Layren says this gives them real metrics to measure outcomes, e.g. grades, attendance, graduation and subsequent employment.
Last year they received almost 10,000 phone calls asking for assistance. They have 110 units of housing shelters (rooms/homes). They are the largest provider of housing for homeless and low-income family units in the county. On any given day, they currently support serve 322 families which includes 600+ kids and 348 adults. They provide total support for the children and families. Many families have suffer from mental and physical disabilities, and every family is different. They also provide special assistance for moms under 24. The goal is helping each family reach self-sufficiency.