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.
Former FP client, Lisa Reyes, gave a heartwarming speech to the crowd of over 300 people describing her journey from brokenness to wholeness and how Family Promise played a significant role in her life. She spoke about the new home given to her from Family Promise and how proud she is to live in a place of her own again. “I’ve been telling everyone,” Lisa said, “This is my mansion! This is all I need for my future.”
Please welcome the following people to our Board of Trustees: Kathy Burt, Terry Marks & Matthew Stover.
Kathy Burt – Kathy has been a long-time volunteer and fundraiser for Family Promise. Most recently, she hosted a fundraiser in her own home raising over $12,000 for the agency. “Our family has been involved with Family Promise for over four years because we wanted to get our whole family involved in the community service. Thanks to the suggestion of our friend Melinda Lis, we started hosting ice cream sundae parties and playing games with families that would stay at St. Lukes Methodist church.
Please help us in welcoming Mallory Diaz to the team! She has been with us now for nearly a month.
Where did you work previously?
I was previously with The Office of the State Attorney, 9th Judicial Circuit as a Victim Advocate in the Special Victims Unit. The 9th circuit is Orange and Osceola, Jeff Ashton was my boss. I worked child abuse and sex crime cases.
Our dear, beloved van was stolen right out of the parking lot a couple of months ago. Thanks to our loyal donors and supporters (and insurance!) we were able to purchase a new van that will help us safely transport our families while they are in our program.
To ease an “epidemic” of family homelessness, Orange County commissioners on Tuesday approved spending $1.5 million to get parents and children living in emergency shelters, on the streets and in their cars back into housing quickly — and then help them stay there.
Advocates said the move to rapid rehousing is a dramatic policy shift for Central Florida. In cities across the country, the concept has been shown to prevent the sort of spiraling decline that comes as families languish in shelters.