I am a counselor for clients experiencing housing insecurity. What I have come to know from this role is that the word homelessness is complex.
Before she called the 2-1-1 Helpline, Alethea feared that her living situation might violate her parole. She didn’t know what to do.
I walked out of the woods with suicide on my mind. “I am going to jump in front of a truck if someone doesn’t pick me up. I don’t want to live anymore.”
Thank you Florida-Bahamas Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, for choosing us as their service project at their annual assembly last month. These 200 churches donated: $926.66 in loose change more than $3,000 in gift cards $600 in checks a whole truckload of in-kind donations, from school supplies to non-perishable food to tents…
Life as a single mom was hard enough. When circumstances forced Qwanishia Jackson to move into her car with her young son, she started searching for a new beginning. Unexpectedly, she discovered hope and change inside a thrift store.
Community Partnerships Every Saturday, in 3 cities across Central Florida, we unite with businesses and local churches to serve our neighbors in need. From 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., we offer a hot meal, prayers, and resources to men and women in Winter Garden, Clermont and Kissimmee/Four Corners. Our purpose at the “Helping Hands Outreach” is not to create a dependence on help,…
On a cool Sunday morning in January 2007, my wife, Linda, and I met a homeless man in Clermont, Florida who would transform our life forever.
Qwanishia lived in the Winter Garden area for 12 years with her now 8-year-old son, Izaiah. When her job cut her hours, she couldn’t afford to stay in the place where they were living
This summer, my daughter started her first job as a social worker in an inner city. I was proud of her selflessness but worried for her safety— someone was stabbed doing that job months earlier—and I was concerned about money: Social-work careers initially may not pay well. Madison told me, “The money doesn’t matter. The…
I’m a competitive person, whether I’m cheering for my daughter’s softball team or playing a game of Scrabble®—so I’ve got good news. Sand skinks: 1; Affordable Housing for Central Florida: 2.