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Place of Hope Executive Director Charles Bender at December Meeting


Please join us for a presentation by Chares Bender, CEO of Palm Beach County’s own Place of Hope, a community-based child-care agency for abused and neglected children. With his extensive background in government and private initiatives, he will share insights with us about how the private sector can work effectively in dealing with social issues, and partner with government programs where appropriate to address the needs of low-income individuals and families, the homeless and at-risk/dependent children and youth.

WHERE: Bear Lakes Country Club
1901 Village Boulevard
WPB 33409
WHEN: Wednesday December 18
Program begins at noon, doors open at 11:30
DETAILS: Buffet Lunch / cell phones silences / no blue jeans
COST: $20 Members / $25 Guests / Pay at the door
RSVP: 561 832-0695 / info@gopclubpb.org


Charles L. Bender, III
Executive Director

Charles is the Founding Executive Director of Place of Hope, a faith-based and state-licensed family-style residential child-caring agency for abused and neglected children, located in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. He earned his B.A. degree in Sociology from Florida Atlantic University and also studied at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida.

Charles came to Place of Hope in 1999 following many years of work with various housing, social, and human services organizations throughout Palm Beach County. He has participated in numerous community committees, task forces, special initiatives, and boards. He has been a team member of several other local leading organizations including: Palm Beach County Housing and Community Development, Adopt-A-Family of the Palm Beaches, Inc., the City of Delray Beach Community Development Division. The majority of Charles’ work has involved low-income individuals and families, homeless and substance abusing populations, and at-risk/dependent children and youth. Prior to spearheading implementation of Place of Hope, Charles was a primary volunteer in the multi-year visioning and development processes while still a “vision” of Christ Fellowship (founding church).

Charles has significant experience developing and administering social programs and low-income housing initiatives, executing growth plans, implementing federal, state, and local funding programs, building organizational capacity and community coalitions, enhancing service delivery systems, raising capital and annual operating funds, and managing overall non-profit operations.

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