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Third Broward Charity Benefits from Shine with a Purpose

(left to right): Sunshine Project Technician Philippe Willy; Derek Auckland, Florida Operation Manager for Sunshine Cleaning Systems; Ayesha Williams, Director of Health & Wellness for FLITE Center; Grace M. Ugalde-Wolpert, Chief Development Officer for FLITE Center; Carlos Costa, Senior Administrative Coordinator, United Way; and Jean Lamour, Sunshine Project Technician.

Sunshine Cleaning Systems provided Free disinfecting services

(South Florida) –FLITE (Fort Lauderdale Independence and Training) Center, a centralized facility in Broward County for dependent youth to learn the skills needed for independent living, served as the third charity to benefit from Shine with a Purpose. Through a partnership between United Way of Broward County and Oakland Park-based Sunshine Cleaning Systems, United Way organizations are receiving free disinfecting services.

FLITE Center’s 11,050-square-foot facility was treated with Sunshine’s signature Hygienic Clean™, a treatment that disinfects, sanitizes and deodorizes high touch areas and surfaces and is 99.999 percent effective against a variety of bacteria and viruses, including MRSA/COVID-19.

FLITE Center currently serves more than 2,000 youth aging out of foster care, chronically homeless youth, human trafficking survivors and LGBTQ+ youth. Receiving this complimentary disinfecting service gives us all another layer of protection as we continue to work hard to protect against COVID-19 infections.

“We are truly grateful to Sunshine Cleaning Systems and their support of FLITE Center’s youth, staff and families in ensuring the safety of our community,” said Ayesha Wiliams, Director of Health and Wellness at FLITE Center.

Sunshine, a woman-owned regional janitorial services company, recently introduced the Shine with a Purpose initiative as part of its 45th anniversary.

“This important community project is a perfect way for us to celebrate our 45th Anniversary and most importantly, it’s our way to help charities in our own backyard,” said Derek Auckland, Florida Operations Manager at Sunshine Cleaning Systems, LLC.

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About United Way of Broward County

United Way of Broward County is a volunteer driven, community-based, nonprofit organization servicing Broward County for more than 80 years. United Way of Broward County fights for the health, education and financial prosperity of every person in the community. United Way of Broward County is the catalyst for change and centerpiece of partnerships that unite the hearts, minds, and resources within the Broward community. For more information, visit

About FLITE Center

FLITE Center (Fort Lauderdale Independence, Training & Education Center), was created in 2009 through a partnership of the Community Foundation of Broward, the United Way of Broward County, and the Junior League of Greater Fort Lauderdale, with the intent of offering comprehensive access to services for youth aging out of foster care. The FLITE Center’s renewed mission is to guide those aging out of foster care and other vulnerable youth for a successful transition to independence through housing, education, employment, and system of care coordination. The vision is that no youth face the journey to adulthood alone.

FLITE Center, serves as a one-stop resource center for young people aging out the foster care system to independent living. It offers a single, convenient point of access to the broad range of services and support systems needed to become successful adults within a safe, nurturing

environment that promotes personal growth while developing practical life skills. FLITE Center’s model is designed to coordinate and provide self-sufficiency, psycho-social and other essential supports to address the unique needs of youth transitioning out of foster care. We strive to ensure that this fragile population develops essential skills and competencies in daily living, decision-making and interpersonal communication; crucial modules to begin building their lives as productive members of the community. Services range from assistance with education, affordable housing and employment to life skills that include budgeting, living with a roommate, interviewing, parenting, etc. Programs provided by FLITE are TIL Housing Coordination, TIL Education Coordination, Employment Coordination, Systems Navigation, and Predictive Analysis Research Coordination. For more information visit

About Sunshine Cleaning Systems

Sunshine Cleaning Systems was established in 1976 by Larry Calufetti, who started the company as a window cleaning company in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, Florida. It quickly expanded to include a wide range of other commercial janitorial services to customers throughout the Southeast region.

Among its signature offerings are full scope janitorial services, solutions, terrazzo floor care, carpet care, window cleaning, pressure cleaning, escalator cleaning, as well as parking lot and roadway sweeping. The company earned with honors the Clean Industry Management Standards for Green Building Criteria (CIMS-GB), which is awarded by the cleaning industry’s global trade association, ISSA. In addition, the company earned the GBAC STAR Accreditation for its own headquarters campus. Sunshine was one of the first janitorial firms in the United States to receive the designation.

Sunshine has served the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport for the past 35 years and also provides disinfecting services for the TSA and janitorial services for the Car Rental

Center at the airport. Other janitorial clients include the Broward County Main Library and Government Center in downtown Fort Lauderdale, Broward College, as well as K-12 schools, restaurants, retailers, offices, athletic facilities and other international airports across the region. Sunshine’s growing municipalities division includes such clients as Manatee County, and the Cities of Coconut Creek, Delray Beach, Pompano Beach, Tamarac and West Palm Beach. The company also offers window cleaning and pressure cleaning services to residential properties.

In addition to the Fort Lauderdale headquarters, the privately held company has branch offices throughout Florida in West Palm Beach, Tampa and Sarasota; as well as in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Media Contacts:

Jenna Auckland

Sunshine Cleaning Systems, LLC.


Hattie Hess

United Way

954.817.6602 (Cell)

Allie DeSeno

Kip Hunter Marketing/FLITE Center