Washington, DC - Philip D. Lewis, former board chairman of Foundations and Donors Interested in Catholic Activities (FADICA) and trustee of the Frank J. Lewis Foundation of Riviera Beach, FL, was honored March 29, 2012, by citizens of Palm Beach County for his lifetime work to end poverty and homelessness.

To mark the special day, the county commissioners dedicated a new centrally located facility as the Philip D. Lewis Center.

The new center will provide interim housing, medical care, counseling and skill training for homeless individuals and families.

Mr. Lewis has been an influential civic and political leader in Florida. He served as president of the Florida Senate in the early 1980’s and has been a passionate advocate for the poor throughout his life.

Mr. Lewis served as chair of FADICA from 2002 to 2005 and has been a member of its Board of Directors for three decades.

Mr. Lewis, the father of nine children and thirteen grandchildren, is one of the most admired and respected Catholic philanthropists in the nation.

Read more in the Palm Beach Post.