Orlando area JHM Hotels participate in Social Justice Service Project

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JHM Hotels volunteers help prepare back packs for homeless students in Orlando

JHM volunteers prepare back packs for homeless Orlando students

JHM volunteers prepare back packs for homeless Orlando students

JHM Hotels has a company goal of Keeping Our Promises to the Community in supporting educational efforts for those in need. It was a pleasure to participate in this worthy project that will benefit so many students in our community.

Due to high unemployment rates, millions of home foreclosures and the severe economic impact of the recession, the state of Florida has nearly 56,000 homeless students. In Osceola County alone, the number has soared to over 2000 homeless students in the Osceola public school system. The Social Justice Service Project for I-Drive (International Drive in Orlando, Florida) is a project put together by I-Drive Chaplain, Robert Gordon.

Chaplain Gordon’s group issued a call to action to local businesses and hospitality workers, such as JHM Hotel employees, to donate school supplies and toiletry items. A group of 15 JHM employees met on Saturday August 18 to donate their time to prepare backpacks with items they had given to distribute to homeless students. Volunteers also wrote notes of encouragement to children and their parents to be included in the packs. Overall, the team met their goal of preparing 200 back packs - 100 for middle school students and 100 for high school students. Kelly Hutchinson, General Manager of the Hampton Inn South of Universal, who helped organize the JHM team said, “JHM Hotels has a company goal of Keeping Our Promises to the Community in supporting educational efforts for those in need. It was a pleasure to participate in this worthy project that will benefit so many students in our community.”

To find out more about the Social Justice Service project, visit their Facebook page. To find out more about JHM Hotels in the Orlando area, check out our website at http://www.visitfloridahotels.com

About JHM Hotels:
JHM Hotels, a premier lodging company, based in Greenville SC, has developed, acquired, owned, and operated hotels throughout the United States for 37 years. The company currently owns and operates 43 hotels with over 7400 guestrooms, located in the United States and India, operating under such well-known brands as Hyatt, Marriott, Hilton and Starwood. For more information, visit our web site at http://www.jhmhotels.com.

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