Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida

by PJ Mullen on April 16, 2010

in April 2010 Nominees, Spread Your Warmth

The next nominee in the Spread Your Warmth campaign comes from a blogger I’ve had the pleasure of meeting in real life, Melanie at Modern Mami. She has chosen to nominate the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida.

The Coalition was created in 1987 by a group of concerned citizens who noted a growing problem of homelessness in the community. The Coalition is now the largest provider of homeless services in Central Florida. Their mission is to address the needs of the homeless in their community and to serve as a catalyst for community collaboration to end homelessness.

Through their efforts they are able to help nearly 600 people each day, including men, women and children. As one of the few emergency shelters that accept intact families in Central Florida, they see a large number of families in need of shelter and support. On any given night, the Coalition provides services to nearly 200 children, with an average age of six years old. Last year, the Coalition served nearly 300,000 meals.

But the Coalition doesn’t provide just a safety net for emergencies. Their goal is to return their residents to self-sufficiency through counseling, job training, and educational programs. While their clients work to reestablish productive lives, they provide transitional housing and daycare for their children until they are ready to move back into the community.

Thank you to Melanie at Modern Mami for nominating the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida. If you would like t learn more about them, their mission or to make a donation, visit their website.

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