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David Jolly offers tribute to Florida Dream Center

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U.S. Rep. David Jolly entered a tribute to the Florida Dream Center into the Congressional Record. Jolly made the tribute in June, but the Dream Center didn’t know about it until this week when the organization received a copy. “What a humbling honor to be recognized by Congressman Jolly,” Steven Cleveland, executive director of the Dream Center, said on his Facebook page. “Thank you, Congressman Jolly, for all you do in our community.” The Florida Dream Center is a faith-based…

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In Tampa, Rick Scott highlights the more than $6 million going into programs combating human trafficking in Florida

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Governor Rick Scott, Attorney General Pam Bondi and state Representative Ross Spano were among the public officials who gathered at an event in Tampa on Monday that celebrated  legislation passed this year that will go into combating human trafficking in Florida over the next fiscal year. Speaking at Mary Lee’s House, a nonprofit child protection and advocacy center serving more than 100 children every week in West Tampa, those public figures were joined by dozens of state and private sector employees who work are in the…

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With help, a family comes in off the streets

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About six months ago, Wells Fargo gave up on a ramshackle house it had taken in a foreclosure action. Rather than try to rehab it or raze it, the bank donated it and $9,500, the estimated amount to flatten the building, to the Florida Dream Center. After a lot of volunteer sweat and effort, the house became a home Saturday when a homeless mother and her three sons moved in. But the family’s story doesn’t end there. The house was…

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