Monthly Archive: April, 2009

From homeless to the NFL

As the 2009 NFL draft picks drew to a close on Sunday, one particular draftee drew our attention: Michael Oher. Formerly an offensive tackle for the University of Mississippi, this 6’ 5”, 309-pound… Continue reading

Leaving a Legacy

When Faniesha first came to the Coalition, she brought two daughters with her: a two-year-old and a newborn. Like all parents, Faniesha wanted the best life for her children. And like so many… Continue reading

Can you meet a need?

The Coalition depends on donations for a significant part of our operating expenses, including cleaning supplies, dinnerware and even lawn maintenance equipment. And right now, we need those donations more than ever. We… Continue reading

Meet Barbara – does she fit the stereotypes surrounding homelessness?

Every young family starts out with plans to stay together. Unfortunately for Barbara, her irresponsible husband wasn’t helping that plan succeed. After struggling to keep the family together for some time, Barbara and… Continue reading

Can you picture yourself homeless? Maybe a visual will help!

  An edgy ad campaign has appeared in the upscale shopping centers of Los Angeles. Life-sized cardboard cutouts of homeless people are forcing shoppers to take a second look as they pass by… Continue reading

Homelessness up as families on the edge lose hold

USA Today published an article about the rising numbers of homeless families, saying: “Cities and counties are reporting a sharp increase in homeless families as the economic crisis leads to job loss and… Continue reading

More than 1.8 million Floridians receive an increase in food stamps

On Wednesday, April 1st, food stamps went up about $20-$24 a person per month. And while the more than 1.8 million Floridians on food stamps will benefit from this increase, officials believe that… Continue reading

David Ashby, 14, will walk to D.C. to help homeless children

This story may have appeared in the Orlando Sentinel on April Fool’s Day, but the Orlando teen behind the story is not joking. This 14-year old is really planning to walk from Orlando… Continue reading