Meet the McLeans!

Hello, We would like to Welcome AlongSide U! 

 AlongSide U was established out of a sincere desire 

to empower families to grow. 

When parents grow... children grow.  

Low-income children caught in their parents' economic struggles experience the impact through unmet needs, poor nutrition, low-quality schools, and unstable circumstances. 

We love family, and community! Community is far more than an aggregation of individuals. Community is a unified body of people. Being a part of a community can make us feel like we are a part of something greater than ourselves. It can give us goals, and develops an increased sense of social responsibility. Families that are able to live in already existing communities, have a far greater chance of breaking barriers, and cyclical poverty mentality.  

We believe that everyone should have the opportunity, and support to strive to reach their highest potential/the best they can be in life.  We recognize that everyones "highest potential" is different, we embrace that, and believe there is beauty in that difference. 

We created our "Empowerment Track" to outline the guidance we provide to our clients and track the progress of movement into Independent Living. 

-​Samuel & Ginger McLean


Having a combined total of 30 yrs experience as EMTs in a major Metropolitan area, we have witnessed some of life’s tragedies. The residual effect of poverty, domestic violence, drug/alcohol abuse, and homelessness is a continuing problem. We believe our approach in combating these issues should not be simply reactive, but anticipatory.

Our Story

We are loving every minute of our journey

Gaby Soto- Artist- Ringling College

AlongSide U believes in giving back to the community, and supporting local talent. 

We hired Gaby (a student at The Ringling College) to draw 

"a visual story" of the two buildings in our website, representing the current "clog" in subsidized housing, and what AlongSide U offers to families living in subsidized housing with the end goal being Independent Living.

Sarasota Chamber Of Commerce

AlongSide U is proud to be a member of the Sarasota Chamber of Commerce. We had a very successful, and enjoyable evening at the Sarasota Chamber Summer Event- 2021, held at the 

Sarasota Municipal Auditorium. 

We look forward to next year's event! 

We value the great platform for networking, and getting to know our community. 

Sally Beyer- Branch Manager of Trustco Bank

Sally Beyer was the winner of the door prize from AlongSide U,  that was held at the Sarasota Chamber Summer Event- 2021. 

Congratulations Sally!!

Rise & Nye's- Coffee and Ice Cream Shop

Networking Event at Rise & Nye's, great early morning start! 

Inclusion. Jobs. Dignity.- It's an Inclusion Revolution! 

Rise & Nye's is run by people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. 

Great Coffee, Great People, Great Fun, Great Cause! 

Leadership Sarasota- Class of 2022

Leadership Sarasota, a program of the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, offers an opportunity for those enthusiastic about and interested in the leadership and welfare of our community to go behind the scenes and see “how things work”.

    Sarasota Chamber Centennial Celebration!


AlongSide U

Making Poverty Temporary...NOT a Lifestyle...