Coalition Volunteer Becomes Coalition Employee

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Donald Tate was featured in the “Giving Back” section of our fall e-newsletter. He volunteered his time to teach meditation classes to the men and women who call the Coalition home. Donald is passionate about building a “holistic family” within the community by helping others integrate meditation and yoga into their daily lives.

In the past month, Donald transitioned from being solely a volunteer to becoming a Resident Assistant (RA) at Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida.  Before coming to work at the Coalition, Donald was an Orlando bus driver which he had done for 21 years. In his new role, Donald assists men who check in nightly at the men’s pavilion. He makes sure they are aware of the facilities available to them, such as showers and lockers. He also informs the men about the rules they must follow.  Donald works the third shift, which he says “allows me to experience the men in their rare moments…asleep.  Although it sounds like a cake walk job, I must always be mindful and alert.” 

Now an employee, Donald still continues to volunteer the second and fourth Wednesday of each month.

When asked what made him decide to transition from volunteer to employee, Donald says that the opportunity to work as a Resident Assistant gives him a clearer understanding and a more in-depth look into who he is helping.

Donald, along with other RAs, case managers and program staff will make up the team in our new Men’s Service Center, which will help homeless men achieve a life of stability.  He shares that the change may be a bit scary for clients; and we know he will use his meditative talents to help integrate them into the new program.