Housing and assistance from Family Promise of Greater Orlando.
Families with children in Orlando that are homeless, or facing imminent eviction, can turn to Family Promise for support. The faith based charity - church organization can provide for basic needs such as food and shelter while offering long term case management.
The agency is run as a nonprofit and is part of the interfaith hospitality network. Family Promise of Orlando administers temporary assistance, case management, and hospitality for families with children. All of the aid is available due to the generosity of dedicated staff, local congregations, and volunteers across Orange County Florida. More details and examples on the assistance available is as follows.
- Workshops and classes are held in an effort to get individuals to regain their financial independence within 90 days of entering the program.
- FPGO provides meals, shelter, housing and case management for homeless families.
- Case managers help in the search for adequate, permanent housing. This includes low income apartments or homes.
- There may be linkage to government benefits, such as food stamps or public housing.
Partnering with churches, Family Promise of Greater Orlando advocates and arranges additional support for the homeless. This will be in addition to other programs. This may include transitional housing, food vouchers, and social support services to homeless families in Orlando Florida.
Resources are very limited. Mostly due to that, Family Promise of Greater Orlando provides it assistance, such as meals, shelter, transportation, and supportive services for only up to 3 months. The program is a partnership with faith communities and churches throughout greater Orlando area, and it depends on donations and volunteers.
To offer these services, FPGO relies on congregations and local churches. They provide overnight lodging to the guests. Congregations usually offer private or semi-private bedrooms for each family or maybe even each member, if they have space. Other services include sack lunches, home-cooked dinner, and a breakfast are provided every day. Access to shower and laundry facilities are also provided to the homeless who need them. Guests may need to move to a new home or short term shelter on a weekly basis.
As part of this program, Family Promise of Greater Orlando provides families with a Day Center to use as their home base. This will allow the individual to seek employment and in general work on self-sufficiency plans. The charity will provide transportation to and from the Host Congregations and Day Center on an everyday basis.
All homeless guests that are accepted into the program are eligible to receive the following basic needs and other forms of assistance. Guests can get Toiletry Items & Diapers; Furniture and Household Items; Free use of Phone & Internet Access and access to services.
The case managers will help with Housing and Apartment as well as Employment Searches. They may offer free gasoline for this as well. Financial literacy sessions touch upon Budget Management, Credit Counseling, and Job Training. Family Promise of Greater Orlando also may have Clothing as well as free Medical & Dental Care.
Any guest of the program must follow and abide by all guidelines. They need to meet with a case manager on a regular basis, be actively seeking work in the Orange County or greater Orlando region, and more. They need to follow and regularly report on the progress of their goals. All school-aged children in the family must attend school, and everyone who participates needs to continually work on their service plan and goals.
The main office is at 2313 North Orange Avenue, Orlando, Florida 32804. An intake and application process is required. The phone number is 407-893-4580.