We are delighted to announce Compassion Corner, one of First Presbyterian Church’s ministries to the homeless community, will reopen on Monday, October 29 in a new location.CONTINUE READING
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Every year, approximately 20,000 homeless people visit Compassion Corner, First Pres' homeless ministry. Here are a few of their stories.
We're continuing to work with local partners to house the homeless in Central Florida. As Dr. Swanson reported in a recent sermon, much progress has been made, but there is still more to do.
The Central Florida Supportive Housing Program (CFSH) helps the chronically homeless in Orange, Osceola and Seminole Counties be successful, long-term renters. Your rental units can help individuals take charge of their lives and make your community a better place to live.
- Tenants will have support and assistance, including home visits, to ensure success.
- Enjoy one point of contact for questions or concerns.
- Portions of guaranteed rent can be provided via direct deposit, and tenants will be monitored to make sure payments are made on time.
- Some may be eligible for compensation if significant property repairs are necessary.
- Limited funding available for co-signing and/or Master Listing agreements.
For more information on promoting your property to CFSH tenants, please contact Todd Luna at email@example.com or 407-893-0133 ext. 621.
July is Strike Hunger month at First Pres, when you can make a difference in the lives of people big and small just by giving up a few hours of your time, or a few dollars for macaroni.
Each year we partner with local ministries to help fight hunger in our community. Here is how you can join in and show God's love to those in need:
Give a couple of hours in your day and help your neighbor in need! Every year, First Pres commits to serve lunch each day of one week at Daily Bread. We need only 10 volunteers per day, July 4–8. This is a great opportunity for families and friends to serve together. Since 1975, Daily Bread at the Christian Service Center has offered a free, nourishing noontime meal to anyone in the community who is hungry.
Conway Cares is the in-school food pantry supporting hungry kids at several local schools in our own neighborhoods (started by a First Pres Life Community). According to a 2014 study, more than 25% of children in Central Florida don't get enough to eat. Conway Cares works to make sure these children receive backpacks of easy-to-access food to take home after school and on the weekend. (For many of them, most meals are eaten at school.) So we want to stock the whole pantry for the Fall. We will be sorting and packaging these donations during our Summer Serve Day. Every Sunday in July, look for collection bins in the Edington Ministry Center lobby or under the Angel Wing, between the Sanctuary and Allen Hall. With questions, call Amy Collis 407.423.3441 x1474.
Each Make It a Home Move-In Kit helps to completely outfit the new apartment of a formerly homeless individuals as they move into a new permanent housing unit.
According to our friends at Rethink Homelessness, "Permanent Supportive Housing makes more moral and financial sense than keeping a person on the streets. Supportive housing pairs housing subsidies with wrap-around case management services such as healthcare, substance abuse treatment, mental healthcare, and money management. These services help to keep people in housing and lead to lifelong stability. Permanent Supportive Housing has the power to dramatically change lives; your group can make that housing special by making it a home."
"Over a period of a week last month, hundreds of volunteers dedicated more than 2,000 hours to walking the streets of Central Florida and searching the woods in an effort to identify our region’s homeless veterans. I joined volunteers to participate in the “Veterans Surge,” our region’s first large-scale effort to identify and house homeless veterans, which found 418 veterans in need of services and a permanent home." - Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer
What is the Veteran's Surge and why is it important? Read Working to Solve Homelessness, from Dr. Swanson
Hundreds of Homeless Veterans Found in Central Florida, Orlando Sentinel | August 18, 2015