Gold medal volunteers

"Orlando Tech SkillsUSA" "Coalition for the Homeless WRCC"

The single women and mothers with children who come to Coalition for the Homeless’ Women’s Residential and Counseling Center (WRCC) are experiencing a trying time in their lives. By providing them with a relaxing space to return to after a day of working, looking for work, or going to school, the"Coalition for the Homeless" "WRCC Client Room" Coalition is able to restore their spirits daily. In fact, having a safe and healthy living area is essential to our clients’ ability to succeed in their program and return to independence.

With this in mind, a group of students from the Orlando Tech SkillsUSA chapter recently transformed one of the WRCC client rooms into a beautiful haven!

The inspiration for the project was a donated baby crib. After discussing what to do with the donation, the group generously selected WRCC not only as the recipient of the crib, but of an entirely renovated client room. “It’s a student-based group… Everyone pitched in ideas,” explained Gloria Delgado, Orlando Tech Child Care Apprenticeship Coordinator/Instructor.

The students raised funds, recruited the help of family and friends, and put in hours of hard work to complete the project. "Coalition for the Homeless" "WRCC"The light peach hues, beautiful fabric, inspirational words painted on the walls, and soft netting over the crib give the space a sense of peace and serenity. Their ingenuity even resulted in special additions such as a new wood floor!

Upon completion of the project, the students decided to enter the SkillsUSA Championships, a national showcase for career and technical students. This was the first year the Orlando Tech group submitted a community service project.

We are delighted the group was awarded the gold medal at the regional contest last week, based on an evaluation of a written report and live presentation of their work at WRCC!

Our heartfelt thanks and congratulations to the Orlando Tech SkillsUSA chapter. The creativity, talent, and obvious caring of those who participated in the makeover will surely be appreciated by the woman and young child that will soon call this room home.

We could not exist without our wonderful volunteers.