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.
Central Florida’s remarkable progress in reducing homelessness is both gratifying and instructive.
Gratifying, because it demonstrates that good leadership and community buy-in can make headway against even the most stubborn problems. The number of homeless men, women and children in Orange, Seminole and Osceola counties, according to an annual census, has plunged more than 60 percent since 2013 — a year when metro Orlando ranked worst among the nation’s midsize cities for homelessness.
Family Promise was one of the two agencies selected to participate in a Rapid Rehousing collaborative project funded by Orange County and administered by the Homeless Services Network. Housing First is a homeless assistance model centered around quickly placing homeless individuals and families in permanent housing and connecting them to services they need to maintain stability and live as independently as possible. The underlying principle is that…
A special interview with our client, Genesis, and her path to independent living.
Can you tell us your background?
Growing up I didn’t really get along with my mom. Our relationship wasn’t great and I did not get much guidance. My mom kicked me out at 18 years old and I lived with roommates. I found myself being taken advantage of with whomever I was living. I was working a minimum wage job, babysitting kids who aren’t mine, buying food for everyone to eat and cleaning up after people. It never worked out. I finally realized I was better off doing it on my own.
Yellow Brick Road Society
The Yellow Brick Road Society is a group of individuals who make a five-year pledge of $1,000 or more annually to provide Family Promise of Greater Orlando with sustainable, non-designated funding.
Being able to count on this pledged income allows Family Promise to plan for the future and take our place in making the crisis of homelessness a rare and brief occurrence for families in our community. There are currently 22 members of Yellow Brick Road Society, our goal is to build to 100 members by 2020. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Executive Director, Tia Aery.
Former FP client, Lisa Reyes, gave a heartwarming speech to the crowd of over 300 people during our annual fundraising breakfast. She described 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.”