Special meeting set for SHAL
The Monroe County Continuum of Care agency will hold a special meeting at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Wesley House Family Services conference room, 1304 Truman Ave., Key West.
The only item on the agenda is to certify a grant application by the Southernmost Homeless Assistance League (SHAL) for a 2012 Emergency Solutions grant.
As SHAL is still legally the Florida Keys' lead agency in funneling federal grants to the county's nonprofits, it cannot certify its own proposal.
On Feb. 1, the continuum of care nonprofit will become the Keys' lead agency in finding and distributing grants. SHAL will focus on its direct services, including managing the Keys Overnight Temporary Shelter (KOTS).
Craft show this weekend
The 28th annual Key West Craft Show will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Caroline and Whitehead streets. Nearly 100 artisans and skilled craftsmen will display their unique handcrafted wares both days. Items range from home décor in metal and wood to soft sculpture dolls, artistic clothing and accessories, ceramics, hand-turned wood kitchen items, and jewelry in silver, gold, glass, shells and precious stones. There also will be handcrafted toys of wood and fabric for children and adults, and metal sculptures both whimsical and serious for indoors and out.
For more info contact us at KWCraftShow@earthlink.net or call 305-294-1241.
Human trafficking rally Saturday
Keys Coalition will hold its second annual rally starting at 7 p.m. Saturday at the DoubleTree Grand Key Resort, 3990 S. Roosevelt Blvd., Key West.
There will be two guest speakers: Detective Brice Britenum of the Fort Lauderdale Police Department Special Victims Unit and Allison Good of Delray Beach, a sex trafficking survivor.
Britenum, also a member of the FBI Minor Victim Task Force, participated in the arrest and prosecution of a pimp in Fort Lauderdale who trafficked a 12-year-old runaway from a Florida Keys shelter. The girl was marketed through Backpage. The pimp was convicted and will be sentenced on Feb. 14.
The new U.S. Senate Task Force on Trafficking also will be discussed. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.