Building hope for homeless men
Coalition for the Homeless broke ground today on our Central Boulevard campus for the long-awaited Men’s Service Center (MSC)! Present and past Board members, community partners and Parramore neighbors were among the festive crowd who joined us for the occasion. The speakers donning hard hats and ceremonially moving earth with gold-painted shovels included City of Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and District 5 Commissioner Daisy Lynum, Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs, and Pastor William Andrews. Pastor Andrews is a Coalition Board member who was once a resident of our Men’s Pavilion.
Here are some of the thoughts shared at today’s monumental ceremony:
Coalition President/CEO Brent Trotter stated, “Today, we take a giant leap forward in becoming a world class community as we uniquely position ourselves to assist homeless men as never before…These men are someone’s brother, father, and son…some are veterans who served honorably…some are employed; but all are in need of services that will help them regain their dignity and independence.”
Mayor Dyer said, “As we all know, partnership and collaboration are the only way we can bring about change in our community and this Men’s Service Center will be another shining example of how we get things done together.”
Mayor Jacobs expressed, “This is going to be more than just a shelter where men can sleep for the night. This will be a full service center that will help these men become more self-sufficient.”
The new two-story residential facility will replace our current Men’s Pavilion and enable us to truly serve one of the most underserved segments of the homeless population – homeless men.
Planned services in the MSC include access to mental health counseling referrals, life skills training, job skills training, access to educational opportunities, employment services, and health care referrals. Our men’s First Steps substance abuse recovery program will also be housed in the new facility.
Construction is anticipated to take 13 months, so check back for updates along the way!