About Us

The Ephraim Project was founded as a 501(c)3 private foundation in July 2005. Our mission is to serve “the poorest among us” in an active demonstration of Christ’s love. The foundation has been ministering to the homeless of Orlando since August 2007 throughout local parks in an effort to help restore their hope and lives. In 2009, St George Orthodox Church invited The Ephraim Project to serve the homeless on its premises.

In addition to providing a weekly hot dinner to the homeless families on Fridays, The Ephraim Project provides clothes, shoes, blankets, backpacks, hygiene supplies, bus passes, Bibles, a mail delivery service, a remote storage service, and limited laundry services to the homeless. In urgent cases, we offer emergency shelter and Greyhound bus tickets.

Our case work to assist homeless men and women in securing employment, transitional or permanent shelter, or the social services they need, is done in satellite locations around the city, Monday through Thursday, by a small team of dedicated volunteers.

There is no paid staff at The Ephraim Project. We are all volunteers. This helps keep our administrative costs to a minimum. Ninety-two percent of our budget is invested in programs to serve the homeless.

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Restoring Hope, Restoring Lives.



Board of Directors

Rachelle C. Hood, President

St. George Orthodox Church, Orlando, FL

Scott Concelman, Treasurer

St. Stephen's Orthodox Church

Tara Concelman, Secretary

St. Stephen's Orthodox Church

John-Paul Conners

Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, Maitland, FL

Fr. John Hamatie

St. George Orthodox Church, Orlando, FL

Paulette Lawson

Second Baptist Church, Little Rock, AR

J.R. Ross

Downtown Baptist Church, Orlando, FL

Anne van den Berg

St. Stephen's Orthodox Church, Longwood, FL