For over 30 years, the Florida Keys Children’s Shelter has been the only licensed emergency shelter serving Monroe County in Florida, which includes the islands of the Florida Keys. The shelter’s mission is to provide the best possible solutions for abused, abandoned or neglected children; and children that have run away, are truants, or are considered ungovernable by their parents. The shelter operates several different centers across the Florida Keys and provides more than just a place to stay. Through community-based training, counseling and street outreach, the shelter’s programs have helped and counseled thousands of children and families in their time of need.
Due to the unique rural area with low wages and a high cost of living, the Keys present a unique challenge for the shelter. Their services are provided at no charge. Funding is secured through various Government grants, and largely on private donations. The Jelsema Upper Keys Residential Center in Plantation Key is a 19-bed home for ages 10 through 18. This shelter features a full-time counselor and chef, and the rooms decorated by accomplished local artists including Wyland, Pasta, and Stacie Krupa. The exterior of the shelter however has been battered by hurricanes and a salty sub-tropical climate and has fallen into disrepair.
As part of Iptor’s commitment to giving back to local communities and the people that make a difference, Iptor announced on-stage during the recent Connect 2019 customer event that it would be donating 5% of proceeds from every order received from conference attendees over the next 4 weeks. Working together with Iptor, the shelter will use the donated funds to give the residential center a much-needed fresh coat of paint making it even more welcoming and complimenting the already great artwork done inside by local artists.