Our children are the heart of our program. We strive to create a safe, home-like environment for our families with children. We enroll all of the children in day care or school as well as provide an after-school tutoring program.
What is Family Promise of Greater Orlando? Family Promise of Greater Orlando (FPGO) is a nonprofit, interfaith hospitality network providing temporary assistance, hospitality, and case management for families with children experiencing homelessness. Family Promise provides these services through the participation of local congregations, dedicated staff, and hundreds of volunteers.
Today is Labor Day and my alarm went off at a regular time. I am used to, by now, to get up and moving by 7:30 AM. The house is quiet as my wife and kids are sleeping. I started the coffee and breakfast. The smell of scrambled eggs and toast went all around the house, and one by one started to wake up. Luis was first, of course. He recently discovered the extraordinary combination of salty and sweet of peanut butter and jelly so he told me that he would pass on the eggs. I responded with a smile, but completely understood where he was coming from. Yahaira was next, coffee gets her every time.
One of our beloved families, Richard and Yahaira, and their two adorable children have successfully moved into a place of their own. They worked hard while they were in the program to secure employment and save money. They did it all! Once our case manager, Maggie, helped them find an apartment, it was time to furnish it. We had an amazing outpouring of furniture, accessories, bedding and more from our network of volunteers. Because of you, Richard and Yahaira’s apartment is fully furnished and the family is fully independent.
A small Central Florida charity that’s one of the region’s few safety nets for homeless families is scrambling to keep running without its 15-seat passenger van, which was stolen from a Florida Hospital parking lot late last week.
The grass-roots organization — which has only two full-time employees — uses a network of local churches and congregations to house and feed homeless families while the parents work through job training and financial literacy classes to get back on their feet. The van shuttles kids from the churches to the charity’s office, in donated space on the Florida Hospital Orlando campus, where they catch a bus to school.
It’s that time again! Parents are checking off the school supply lists, school bus drivers are practicing their routes and kids are hoping for a brand new pair of shoes to start the year. Imagine starting back to school with no backpack, no school supplies and even worse, not knowing where you should go when school lets out for the day.
Residents of Maxwell Terrace, a converted Orlando motel now housing formerly homeless people, watched wide-eyed Thursday as volunteers unloaded box after box of nonperishable food, laundry soap, toilet paper and other essentials of their new lives.
Mark Huckaba, 53, was among those waiting. For him, the delivery from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — along with “four walls, a ceiling and a private shower” — seemed almost surreal after spending most of the past 14 years living in the woods and on the streets.