How Can I Help?
DO - Donate items such as clothing and personal hygiene products.
DO - Contribute financially.
DO - Teach others to care. Help others, especially young people, to understand and to care about those who are homeless. Whether at home, work or church, the Lord may be calling you to tell others what you "have had ears to hear and eyes to see."
DO - Volunteer your time and talents. The Mission uses a wide variety of volunteers. Some lead worship, others teach Bible studies, many serve meals, paint our facilities, drive vans and serve in many other ways. Get involved and bring your family and friends with you!
DO — Show them kindness and respect. Your smile can be a break in the isolation and hopelessness that many of them live with every day. Treating the homeless with courtesy can give them the energy to begin to lift themselves out of a bad situation. It tells them they are not invisible!
DO — Pray for them. God loves every homeless person regardless of how they may look or act. He expects us to love them, too. Pray for those you meet. You may even pray with them; but remember some of the homeless are fearful, angry and paranoid so always respond to them with your own safety needs in mind.
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Types of Homeless
Long-Term (Chronic): Someone who has been homeless for at least a year or more or have experienced at least 4 episodes of homelessness within three years and have a disability.
Examples: Veterans, Disabled, Mental Health or Substance Abuse.
Short-Term (Episodic): When people go through episodes of being homeless often due to seasonal wage issues that affect housing.
Examples: Families having issues with pay, transportation or childcare.
Homeless in Central Florida
Many people when thinking of a homeless person see the image of a grizzled old man who has had a drinking problem. At one time that image was more often than not, a correct one. Yet, more and more the homeless look just like the rest of us.
The homeless people we house sometimes have college and graduate degrees; and some cannot read past the first grade level. Some are mentally ill, addicted to drugs or alcohol; and others have never used any drug. Many have worked in highly skilled professional jobs; and others have not worked in as long as they can remember. Some are veterans with distinguished service records; others have been disqualified from the military for a variety of reasons.
While definitive demographics are not available since those who are homeless often do not want to be counted, the picture of the homeless nationwide looks similar to this: