Building A Better Tampa Bay Area

March 17th, 2010

The offseason has been frustrating enough for Bucs fans. Some have groused they are getting depressed from reading all the unflattering posts (but one wouldn’t know it by Joe’s traffic).

So time for some uplifting information via Anwar Richardson of the Tampa Tribune.

Jeff Faine has made loads of cash by being a haberdasher, a restaurateur and a provider of peanuts.

But now, wealthy beyond his imagination just a few years prior, Faine is trying to make the community wealthy, at least in spirit and maybe in the long run, in the wallet.

Faine is establishing a halfway house of sorts for foster children who don’t have a foster home to call home.

Faine’s vision is house six to eight teenagers no longer eligible to participate in foster care. He wants to equip them with the essential tools and training necessary to become successful in life.

“This is a place for some of these kids who really want help and want to make something better for themselves,” Faine said. “A place to get social counseling and financial guidance, learn how to open a checking and savings account, the things that most people take for granted. A place they can live as well, but there will be requirements on their end, whether it be a obtaining a GED, two-year college degree, trade school degree, or attending a four-year university.

“They also have to do community service and try to reinvest themselves in the community. It’s really an opportunity to set these kids on the right track and prevent them from making the wrong decisions.”

Joe doesn’t know exactly what to write. That’s beyond giving back to the community. If every millionaire NFL player had the heart and foresight Faine has for the area he lives in, it would be a whole lot easier to look the other way when a cornerback drills a cabbie in the grill while flying down a highway in the wee hours of the morning.

Bravo Mr. Faine, bravo.

One Response to “Building A Better Tampa Bay Area”

  1. irisht53 Says:

    Great story!!! Most NFL players aren’t the knuckleheads that the media tends to focus on, and most do contribute in some way to their community. However, I think few do to this level. That sounds like a fantastic project, and it does seem like every team has at least one player doing stuff to this degree (I’d put Derrick Brooks work with inner city kids, and Warrick Dunn’s homes for single mothers right up there with this, but those are the only ones that come to mind), it’s just a shame it only receive’s local media attention.