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.
School Days, School Days
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.
Clothing Our Children
Our children have their backpacks, now they just need some clothing!
Here are the sizes we are looking for:
Boy: Size 6 or Medium shirts, Size 5 or 8 shorts
Girl: 5T shorts, dresses, or shirts; size Large shirts or size 8 (youth) in shorts or dresses
Got Clothes? Please email our case manager, Maggie Townsend, (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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.
The solution to homelessness is housing first. This profound but simple reality is finally gaining acceptance among homeless service providers in Central Florida.
Why? Has there been a sudden epiphany? Was there a dramatic realization among “experts” on the issue of homelessness that tough love, treatment first and transitional housing programs don’t really solve the homeless problem? Has their collective moral conscience been born again? No. Nothing so dramatic or spiritual.
As the Commission on Homelessness begins its push to help homeless veterans, we need your help! The ultimate goal is to place veterans in “housing first” and then begin the rehabilitative process. Can you help? Join the “Surge” to help house homeless veterans in Central Florida.
Training for the “Surge” count will take place the week of July 13th. Volunteer assignments, including days and locations, will be assigned during training sessions. You must attend one of the training sessions listed below to participate. Please go to www.rethinkhomelessness.org to sign up.
Facing a Dec. 31 deadline to end veteran homelessness, the Orlando VA is joining forces with community agencies to find, interview and house every soldier still living on the streets of Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties.
The Central Florida Commission on Homelessness will lead the effort, which officially kicks off Tuesday.