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Family Promise of Greater Orlando

Posted on May 6, 2015 | Comments Off


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.

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Volunteers Needed to Help Locate Homeless Veterans

Posted on Jul 1, 2015 | Comments Off

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. 

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VA partners with community to find last of homeless veterans

Posted on Jun 30, 2015 | Comments Off

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.

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Investing in affordable housing in Bithlo will transform lives

Posted on Jun 28, 2015 | Comments Off

Mayor Teresa Jacobs, in her State of the County address this month, rolled out the new INVEST in Our Home for Life program that will spend more than $300 million on infrastructure and public projects in Orange County for the sake of future generations.

The mayor stated that “to build a vibrant economy, where creativity, innovation and opportunity will flourish, we need to invest now.” My hope is that Jacobs and the Board of County Commissioners will include the Bithlo community in this initiative, because any investment in Orange County would be incomplete without addressing affordable housing and basic infrastructure in Bithlo.

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Homeless agencies scramble to reinvent themselves or risk losing funding

Posted on Jun 25, 2015 | Comments Off

Faced with losing millions of dollars in federal funding, many of the region’s homeless organizations are scrambling to change the way they do business.

Big temporary-housing facilities — including the 1-year-old $6.6 million men’s shelter at Orlando’s Coalition for the Homeless — may need to find new uses or risk closing their doors as the government’s emphasis shifts to permanent housing.

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Happy (Almost) Independence Day!

Posted on Jun 24, 2015 | Comments Off

Happy Independence Day! It’s almost the 4th of July and we once again celebrate America declaring independence from Great Britain in 1776. The 4th of July is the quintessential summer event: parades, fireworks, barbecues, watermelon and so much more. As we celebrate this national holiday and our country’s independence, there is much to celebrate at Family Promise! As you can see, Sam & Jemina and Jerome & Angela all received their keys to their own places this week. Because of your dedication, gifts and love, we continue to provide a safe shelter for our families while they work to declare THEIR independence.

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No Place Like Home

Posted on Jun 16, 2015 | Comments Off

Sam and Jemina were living in New York with their infant son, Levi, when Sam got an offer for better employment with a friend in Florida.  He and Jemina jumped at the promise of an increase in salary and the chance to relocate to sunny Florida.  They were expecting to stay in a motel for a few weeks until Sam got his first paycheck.  After a week, Sam had not heard from his “so called” friend.  When two weeks went by with no communication from his friend, he knew they were in trouble.  Their funds were running low, they could no longer afford the motel stay and they couldn’t go back.   Sam had to face Jemina and tell her the stark truth.  “It was the worst day of my life—I didn’t know how to tell her.  How do you tell your wife with your baby in her arms, ‘I don’t know where we are going to sleep tomorrow?”

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