Thousands of people in Central Florida are on the verge of homelessness, but a local organization is working to stop it.
Family promise of Greater Orlando opened in 2000 with a unique approach, working with local faith communities and using their facilities as temporary housing.
However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they had to change strategy and move families to hotels.
Now, as more churches reopen, Family Promise says they are ready to go back and hope to find even more facilities ready to help.
“It’s such magic that happens, because they love our families, and they provide that camaraderie, meals, and a safe place for them,” said Kathy Southern, executive director of Family Promise. “Right now we are in a position where we really need to find other churches and congregations to join us and support our shelter to get it going again.”
Southern says they helped 200 families last year find what she calls a “path to stability.”
“It’s not about giving money to families and sending them on their way,” Southern said. “It’s about helping them on that journey and guiding them to the resources and supports they need for that long-term stability.”
Southern also says a portion of their federal pandemic funding will soon be coming to an end, so it was cause for celebration when Family Promise learned they would be receiving $30,000 from the Orlando Magic Youth Foundation.
The donation was part of the team’s effort to donate to 30 local charities in honor of their 30th anniversary.
“To be able to have that kind of flexibility in funding to be able to meet the needs of families and to be able to cover some of these costs that we normally don’t get covered by some of these really special funding sources is an incredible gift. for us,” Southern said.
According to Family Promise, about 85% of the families they help can stay in permanent housing.
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