"Families are struggling in Central Florida in record numbers, and need comprehensive help overcoming a wide range of issues...", said Andrae Bailey, Executive Director
Orlando, FL (PRWEB) November 27, 2012
The Community Food & Outreach Center, one of Central Florida’s largest charities helping serve the hungry, the homeless, and families struggling in poverty is having a grand opening ribbon cutting event with Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer on Tuesday, November 27th at 10:00am at their downtown Orlando Campus. The event will mark the opening of the Community Food & Outreach Center’s Clinic and Counseling Center on its campus, in partnership with the local charities Health Care Center for Homeless, The Harbor House, and The Grove Counseling Center. This collaborative program expansion will allow the Community Food and Outreach Center to provide health care, mental health counseling and domestic violence services to hundreds of families per day on its campus.
"Families are struggling in Central Florida in record numbers, and need comprehensive help overcoming a wide range of issues like hunger, homelessness, domestic violence, mental health, unemployment and others to break free from poverty. This program expansion at the Community Food & Outreach Center’s campus marks another big step in our goal to give families comprehensive services at our downtown campus,” said Andrae Bailey, executive director of the Community Food & Outreach Center. The charity provides hunger relief programs, crisis case work, education classes and other programs for more than 400 families in need every day at their Central Florida campus. “We need to do more than just help people get food and get their basic needs met; we need to help them get back to the place of self suffiency,”said Bailey, who has run the organization as its Executive Director since its inception in 2009.
Health Care Center of the Homeless will run and supply the staff for the new medical clinic which will be able to serve families with comprehensive primary and preventative medical care, dental care, and other critical medical services. “This health clinic will increase access to quality, affordable health care services for members of our community who may not have a primary care provider or utilize emergency departments as their main source of health care.….” said Bakari F. Burns, Chief Executive Officer of Health Care Centers for the Homeless, which provides primary and preventative medical, dental, and behavioral health services to homeless and uninsured people living in Orange, Osceola, and Seminole Counties. In the calendar year of 2011 the Health Care Center for the Homeless, Inc. which operates the Orange Blossom Family Health Center provided health care services to over 12,000 unduplicated patients.
In addition to medical care, the new expansion will offer services to domestic violence victims through onsite counselors from the Harbor House. “Many people don’t know this, but the number one reason that women and children end up homeless is because of domestic violence. It makes so much sense for a charity trying to help the poor and homeless, and a charity trying to fight domestic violence to work together,” said Carol Wick, CEO of the Harbor House, Central Florida’s largest provider of services for those facing domestic violence.
“To see these charities partner to help the poor and needy of Orlando is inspiring,” said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer who will be cutting the ribbon at the grand opening ceremony on November 27th. “Something amazing happens when nonprofits like these come together and combine their resources and energy to help those in need,” said Dyer. The City of Orlando will be working with the new Clinic and Counseling Center through its ORLANDO CARES initiative in 2013. ORLANDO CARES is the City’s service initiative designed to address youth crime prevention and education.
The Clinic & Counseling Center is the next phase in Community Food & Outreach Centers plan to develop its campus to offer holistic services to families in poverty in Central Florida. Community Food & Outreach Center currently offers programs on nearly 30,000 square feet of its campus, and plans to expand those services to nearly 55,000 square feet in the next 24 months. “Families are in need of real help to break free from poverty, and we want to have everything they need right here on our CFOC campus.” Said Scott George, Co-Founder of the Community Food & Outreach Center.
About Community Food & Outreach Center: Community Food & Outreach Center provides food and hope to those in need in Central Florida. We do this by helping struggling families get a hand-up to get their basic needs met, connecting those in crisis with the resources and tools needed to get back on their feet and prevent homelessness, and providing the training and skills needed to help our neighbors get back on their feet, regain hope for their lives, and achieve their dreams.
About Health Care Center for the Homeless:The Health Care Center for the Homeless (HCCH) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to providing the health care needs of the homeless and uninsured residents of our community in an atmosphere of dignity and respect. Our Health Center is located just a few blocks west of downtown Orlando and we currently serve the homeless population of Orange, Osceola, and Seminole counties with the goal of returning our patients to lives of self-sufficiency. Our programs include primary medical care, oral health services, behavioral health and substance abuse counseling, an on-site pharmacy, vision services, residential TB shelter, mobile health services, and an aggressive street outreach program - the HOPE Team
About Harbor House: Harbor House is Orange County's only state-certified domestic violence facility and seeks to eliminate domestic abuse in Central Florida by providing safety, shelter, empowerment, education and justice. Harbor House provides safe shelter, a 24-hour crisis hotline, counseling, and emotional support, and legal advocacy for tens of thousands of domestic violence survivors and their children each year. Harbor House helps survivors return to the community—connecting them to resources that will enable them to live independently, safely and peacefully.