Category Archive: Stories

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

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

Volunteers give my children hope (Al’s story – part two)

If you have served as a nonprofit volunteer, you’ve probably wondered if activities like preparing dinner, trimming hedges or holding a game night actually contribute to the bigger picture. But at Coalition for… Continue reading

A father’s view on homelessness (Al’s story – part one)

If your family arrived at the door of the Coalition with nowhere else to go, what thoughts would consume your mind? Would you blame yourself for what happened? Would you feel helpless and… Continue reading

“Thanks again, Mr. Butler”

Directing the Men’s Pavilion at Coalition for the Homeless means that Rickie Butler, the Pavilion Manager, comes into contact with hundreds of homeless men each day. The Pavilion can house up to 375… Continue reading

Shanetta’s family counted as homeless – Point In Time survey will answer “how many more?”

On Friday night the Coalition participated in the “Point In Time” count, an annual effort by the Homeless Services Network to calculate the number of homeless in Orange, Osceola and Seminole Counties. The… Continue reading

Real Families, Real Stories

Ever wondered what the homeless are really like? Ever wondered if your perception of them is wrong? Watch this video to meet real people who have endured homelessness in Central Florida. If you’re… Continue reading

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