Gulfcoast Legal Services and United Way of S. Sarasota County to open co-working space
United Way of South Sarasota County received funding from the Selby Foundation to open a new co-working office in South Sarasota County. The office building is in Venice and will be shared between the United Way and Gulfcoast Legal Services, who serve similar client groups and have worked together in the past.
Gulfcoast Legal Services received additional funding to provide four full-time staff members for the office, including a financial stability and housing attorney. The program will be supervised by long-time Sarasota resident and deputy director at Gulfcoast Legal Services, Robin Stover. Stover has spent over a decade carrying out the Gulfcoast Legal Services mission to provide free civil legal aid services to those in need all throughout Sarasota County.
“Our new Venice office is the result of amazing forces working together — UWSSC and GLS, galvanized by President/CEO Barbara Cruz, and CEO Tammy Greer,” Stover said. “As we move into 2022, we are excited to focus on serving our community, trusting the magic of this awesome beginning. Solutions will start here.”
The idea for a Sarasota office surfaced after a year of heightened need due to the COVID-19 pandemic, during which Gulfcoast Legal Services received five times the normal number of requests for assistance, according to the agency.