In 2018, we served 15,024 guests, 16,606 meals—that’s nearly 290 men, women, and children weekly.
Medical equipment provided
We provided medical equipment (e.g., wheelchairs, canes, walkers) for eight people.
Shoes and articles of clothing distributed
We distributed 17,697 items of clothing, including blankets, sheets, pillows, pillow cases, towels, wash cloths—all free of charge. Additionally, we gave away 538 pairs of new or lightly used tennis shoes, work boots, and dress shoes for those in need.
Toiletry items dispensed
Families sheltered and
We provided permanent, transitory, or emergency housing for 14 families, impacting 19 people. In addition to finding housing for people, we provided rent subsidies for four families, impacting 18 people.
We dispensed 10,075 hygiene items to the homeless. We also provided scores of haircuts for men and women.This humanitarian aid helped some of Orlando's poorest residents maintain their dignity and self-worth in the face of overwhelming circumstances.
We provided 161 bus passes (150 daily passes) for homeless men and women to travel to job interviews, doctors’ appointment, and to take care of other necessary business.
We relocated three people to other cities where they had a home or job waiting. This brings our total to 63 relocations since 2012.
in SSI benefits recovered
Since 2009, we have won 36 Social Security Disability or Veterans cases, recovering $1.8 million in benefits for our homeless clients, effectively removing them from the streets for the remainder of their lives. Additional services to the homeless included:
Filling prescriptions and medical equipment for the sick
Purchasing cell phones for working clients
Paying power bills, security deposits, and storage fees
Provided gasoline gift cards
Provided work books, uniforms, and paid license fees for people who secured jobs
In December, we hosted our annual Christmas meal for the homeless, where we also gave away bus passes, gift cards, backpacks, and lots of other items.
In 2018, 15 people prayed with us to receive Christ for the first time; four people rededicated their lives. These decisions for Christ make a total of 217 since 2009 (128 salvations and 89 rededications). We also distributed 318 Bibles to the homeless in 2018.
Decisions for Christ