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Solving real problems takes real commitment and vision. For more than 110 years, Rotary's people of action have used their passion, energy, and intelligence to take action on sustainable projects. From literacy and peace to water and health, we are always working to better our world, and we stay committed to the end.
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https://www.hopehelps.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/the_beginning-300x172.jpg 300w" sizes="(max-width: 400px) 100vw, 400px">In 2006, while attending her son’s soccer practice, Krissy Todd was approached by a couple who were homeless and pregnant. While talking to the couple, Krissy learned their story; the father had been laid off from his job in the construction industry and the mom lost her job after a prolonged stay in the hospital due to gestational diabetes. Subsequently, they lost their home, ended up living in their car, which was then repossessed, and as a result, they lost all their personal possessions, and were left living on the streets.
By using their contacts and resources, the Todd family, along with their community, were able to rebuild this couple’s lives. They placed them into a temporary living facility and provided them with clothing, food and other necessities. They received help in re-attaining their personal documents, getting job interviews and eventual employment. In the end, they were successful in getting this couple back on their feet.
In the process of assisting this family, it was discovered that despite the fact that there are resources available, services are limited and difficult to gain access to, especially for families.
It was at this time that the vision became clear and HOPE was established.
HOPE’s mission is to prevent and reduce homelessness in Central Florida by equipping individuals and families to become self-sufficient through Housing, Outreach, Prevention and Education.
HOPE addresses the issues facing individuals and families in crisis by networking with local agencies and organizations, partnering to become more effective, studying best and emerging practices, and developing innovative problem-solving ideas in a comprehensive, coordinated, and strategic fashion.
We effectively make use of services that exist and identify trends in what is needed to enable individuals and families to become self sufficient.
We educate and transform the way people view and treat those in need, by providing awareness, and the opportunity to create change. HOPE is engaging communities to develop and plan long term solutions that address the problems facing those in crisis. Together we will make a difference in the lives of those in our community.
We envision a world where people know that there is HOPE.
For 20 years, communities throughout the country have been managing the homeless problem rather than seeking to address the root causes. The Federal Government has spent billions of dollars on homeless programs since the McKinney act of 1987. Despite this investment, there continues to be millions of people who experience homelessness nationally. Recently, the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness has spearheaded a national effort to both prevent and end homelessness. But they feel that it is only through local community efforts that this type of plan will work. We want to initiate such a plan here in Central Florida.
It is actually a lot less expensive to prevent and end homelessness than to keep supporting it. We must implement prevention strategies that reduce the number of people who become homeless and increase supportive services and expedite placement into housing. The cost to provide one year of housing & supportive services to one homeless individual is approximately $9,000 a year. The cost to provide a family of four with a $300 monthly subsidy is $3,600. Waiting for at risk populations to fall into homelessness only creates more homeless specific programs, increases costs and deepens the human tragedy. The average person has only one picture of what homelessness is – but in reality, homeless people are men, women, children & families. Homelessness crosses all lines – and affects everyone.
Homeless people are not a monolith; in fact, a “one size fits all” solution does not exist. Homelessness is a societal problem that requires a partnership between private charities, government & active public support. Homelessness is a national problem with local solutions. We feel we should do everything we can to help those living in conditions unworthy of their human dignity. Together we can end this National disgrace
Pathways to Care is a 40-bed licensed assisted living facility dedicated to providing quality healthcare, housing and hope to Central Florida’s vulnerable homeless population of men, women and veterans in need of a safe place to heal from serious illness or injury. Our vision is to help those in need achieve greater quality of life, self-sufficiency and housing stability.
Pathways to Care offers two bridge programs for residents who need additional time and support before safely leaving our care. These programs are located in separate living spaces at Pathways to Care and act as a continuation of the resident’s care:
Helpful Hands, Inc. is a 100% volunteer run 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable foundation located in Oviedo, FL serving East Seminole County, East Orange County and East Orlando, FL.
To enhance the quality of life of children and families in our community who are in crisis.
Our foundation provides grant funding to our Community Partners who we strategically identify as having the capacity to provide our quality of life programs to children and families.
Funding for our programs is made possible with revenues derived from the generosity of our Founding Partners, Board of Directors, Giving Society, Corporate and Individual Donors, and supporters of annual fundraising events who believe in our mission and programs. Helpful Hands holds events throughout the year to raise funds for our programs and raise awareness of our mission in the community. Events currently available for registration are shown below.
FRIDAY, MARCH 27, 2020
(Sponsorship Opportunities are available)
Click here for a list of all Helpful Hands events, and photos from previous events.