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.
Family Promise’s Focus:
We provide shelter, meals, and case management for homeless families with children.
We strive to help our families regain their financial independence within 90 days.
We organize congregations to provide shelter, meals, and comprehensive support services to homeless families.
We promote and support the growth of new communities of congregations.
We assist in the search for adequate housing and support services for low-income families.
Nineteen year old Yazmin was determined to help her mom get the family back into a home of their own. She did some research and started calling area shelters for help. That’s when she found Family Promise of Greater Orlando.
When Yazmin called Family Promise, she and her mom, Maritza, and three younger siblings were living in a cramped hotel room, just barely keeping up with the weekly room rate. Just two years before they had been living in a comfy house, but life took an unexpected turn when Maritza got sick. Her job didn’t provide paid sick leave so it didn’t take long for her to run through her savings and fall behind with bills. Ultimately, they were evicted from their home.
After two years of homelessness and at Yazmin’s insistence, Maritza and her family came to Family Promise. They were amazed by the warmth and compassion of the volunteers who surrounded them with love and support. Maritza’s youngest son, Daniel, even celebrated a birthday while they were with us. Working with a Family Promise Case Manager, Maritza, has been able to continue working part time and save money.
Just this week we found out that Maritza will be receiving a year of rental assistance through the Homeless Services Network. Maritza qualifies for disability and will be working with our new friends at Legal Aid to secure benefits within the year she has rental assistance. The family will be moving into their new home any day now. The younger kids do not know about the big move yet; Maritza wants to surprise them by going “home” when it is time for them to move.
With tears in her eyes Maritza said, “it’s been so long since we have lived in a place with more than one room. None of us will know what to do with ourselves! I’ve been so excited I’ve been shaking all day!”
February 13, 2012 – At Family Promise of Greater Orlando, you would think that when it comes time for a family to move out of the program and to begin looking for an apartment, the program and its participants would be elated. As thankful as they are that soon another homeless family will be once again living independently, the process of actually securing that new home can present another huge hurdle for the hard working family.