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About Love Orlando

In March 2011, the church congregation responded in a big way to help the new homeless problem in Central Florida exposed by the broadcast of a CBS 60 Minutessegment. The program showed the detrimental impact of the economy on local families, especially the children affected by the downturn. First Baptist Orlando pledged more than $5 million during worship services on March 12-13 to make an impact on these families.

First Baptist Orlando has decided to partner with local nonprofit organizations to address a range of issues, from homeless prevention to food for impoverished elementary-school kids to transitional housing.  The church has already come alongside appropriate community partners and provided resources, volunteers, prayer and support to help these partners more effectively meet this great need in our community. First Baptist Orlando has awarded nearly $4 million in grants to 11 Orlando-based nonprofits and directed an additional $400,000 under the Love Orlando banner.

The goal of Love Orlando is to help the “new homeless” families-in-transition move to long-term self-sustainability.


Easter at Amway

On Sunday, April 8, 2012, First Baptist Church of Orlando and The Hope Church gathered together to
host Orlando’s largest Easter celebration at the Amway Center. Immediately following
the service, 700 members from both churches performed in the “Dance Your
Shoes Off!” event – a four-minute, specially-choreographed dance in celebration
of Jesus’ resurrection. When the music stopped, dancers stepped out of their
shoes, leaving them in donation to Love Orlando’s partnering nonprofit
organizations and local schools.

Check out our
feature in the Orlando Sentinel: http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2012-04-08/news/os-amway-easter-sunday-service-20120408_1_amway-center-uth-resurrection

 


The Road Home

As of October 2011, 13 families have been placed in apartments in coordination with Concord Management Group’s New Moves Partnership Program. Love Orlando supplies furniture to the family and works with the family to get utilities connected. Volunteers from Love Orlando also help the family with the move-in. Concord Management Group generously works with families on the approval process and generously supplies the apartment. Families that are approved have already completed part of First Orlando’s The Road Home Program.

If you would like to donate furniture like dining tables and chairs, sofas, loveseats, beds, good-condition mattresses, etc., please contact Jane Bunch at 407-514-4433.

What is the Road Home Program?

The Road Home

Helping move families from homelessness to self-sustainability.
Families will gain access to the following services after joining The Road Home Program:

  • Low-rent housing through Concord Management Group/First Orlando
  • Highly-trained agency Case Manager
  • FirstOrlando Family-2-Family Mentoring Program
  • “Start-Up Funds”- Utility deposits, furniture, groceries, basic household items as needed
  • Concord After-School Mentoring Program
  • Jobs Partnership Training Program
  • Financial Counseling-Crown Financial and/or Dave Ramsey
  • Celebrate Recovery-Drug and alcohol addiction support
  • First Orlando Counseling Center – Crisis counseling, family counseling, teen and adolescent counseling and more
  • First Life Center for Pregnancy – free pregnancy and early childhood services
  • Health Care – in partnership with Orange County Health and Grace Medical

Bicycle Giveaway

Bicycle Giveaway  – September 2011

Ten bikes have been donated to homeless men and women to help provide them with transportation so they can get to work. Bikes were donated by Orange County Sheriff’s Department. If you would like to donate a bike, contact Jane Bunch at 407-­‐514-­‐4433.


Matthew’s Hope Truck Donation

Love Orlando donated a truck to Matthew’s Hope so that they can transport a trailer that houses a shower unit. This unique facility serves the homeless community in the Winter Garden area. Cleanliness is an essential element in order to gain employment.

 



New In-School Pantry Program

 

This video shows how Love Orlando and the Christian Service Center joined together to help hungry students in Orange County Public Schools.


Operation Education

Love Orlando purchased 1,100 backpacks and the people of First Orlando filled those 1,100 backpacks full of school supplies to give out to children in need across local schools in Orange County.

 


Family-2-Family Mentoring Program

A mentoring family walks alongside a family as they participate in The Road Home to provide spiritual and emotional encouragement and support. It is a paid, professional case-worker that is responsible for assessing the family’s situation, assisting the family in developing a plan to move them to self-sustainability (The Road Home), and meet regularly with the family to manage progress and issues.

If you are interested in becoming a mentoring family, please contact Jane Bunch at 407-514-4433.


Love Orlando Serve Day


First Orlando went out Saturday, June 25 to serve others in our local community.

First Orlando engaged with families in need by feeding them, distributing groceries, and getting to know them. Gatherings happened across Central Florida at local parks, hotels, and community centers. The day was filled with bounce houses, grilling out, games, appearances by Stuff from the Orlando Magic, and more. Families that attended received a box of groceries, as well. Grocery boxes given away totaled over 80,000 meals. Families in the communities and hotels First Orlando visited were extremely gracious and thankful.

LOVE ORLANDO!


Love Orlando Update

On Sunday June 12, 2011, Danny de Armas brought an update on Love Orlando to the congregation of First Baptist Orlando. He outlined the long term goal of moving hundreds of families to self sustainability.