Hibiscus Children’s Center Receives Literacy Grant from United Way of Martin County


Hibiscus Children’s Center is pleased to announce that it is the recipient of a $10,000 grant from the United Way of Martin County for the Hibiscus Literacy Program.  This support will allow abused, abandoned and neglected children residing at the Tilton Family Children’s Shelter in Jensen Beach to have opportunities to strengthen and enhance their academic and emotional development.  It also helps to foster a love for reading and provide a fundamental foundation for education.

The Hibiscus Children’s Center Literacy Program provides individualized assistance to abused, abandoned and neglected children whose traumatic experiences virtually halt the educational process.  The Literacy Coordinator assesses each child and determines his or her reading vocabulary and comprehension skills, learning styles, and current academic level, then an individual development strategy is implemented that will lead to success.  This includes collaboration with staff, therapists, and school personnel.

The Literacy Program services are provided to every child who lives at the Shelter and services include IEP (Individual Education Plan), MTSS (Multi-Tiered System of Support), BIP (Behavior Improvement Plan), 504 Plan meetings (working with educators to design customized educational plans for students with a disability), teacher conferences, homework and tutoring assistance, monitoring grades and test scores, and ensuring children have access to computers and a variety of books. The curriculum is based on the child’s individual educational needs.

Hibiscus is grateful to the United Way of Martin County for their partnership and support of the educational needs of our children.  For more information about Hibiscus Children’s Center or how you can get involved to support children, please visit us at or contact Michelle King, CDO, at (561) 452-5791 or via email at

Michelle King, CDO, & Sabrina Michelle, Educational Services & Grant Coordinator, received the generous grant.