ORLANDO – MAY 8, 2019 – The cities of Orlando, Sanford and Kissimmee have proclaimed May 12 to be Help End Homelessness Day, and local venues, boutiques and restaurants are joining efforts, offering customers and audiences the chance to help end homelessness in Central Florida.
A campaign launched by the Central Florida Commission on Homelessness, the initiative hopes to raise $50,000 on May 12 toward their overall end-of-summer goal of $400,000 — a goal that must be met in order to receive a matching grant from AdventHealth.
Shelley Lauten, CEO of The Central Florida Commission on Homelessness, said, “We’re excited that business leaders are excited to get involved. There’s a solution to chronic homelessness, we just need the community to understand what it is – and how they can help.”
Help End Homelessness Day provides multiple ways the community can help — the easiest of which is by texting HOMESHELP to 50155, with a suggested donation of $10. Individuals who text in from now until May 10 will be entered for the chance to win an All-Star ticket package to the MonsterJam World Finals, happening on Saturday, May 11, including a family four pack of tickets to the adrenaline-pumping event. Entries are open now and will close at 11:59 p.m. on May 9.
On May 12, individuals can show their support by visiting local businesses who have partnered with the Central Florida Commission on Homelessness on the one-day initiative, including Wall Street Plaza and The Park Avenue District. Participating park avenue stores will offer special deals on May 12 including; Rifle Paper Company, 10% off entire purchase; Kilwins, buy one get one free slice of fudge; Simmons Jewelers, 20% off one item, not including repairs; Coralia Leets, 20% off an entire purchase and free shipping on orders of $150 of more; Through the Looking Glass, 15% off the entire store; Forema Boutique, 10% off entire purchase; Peterbrooke Chocolatier, 10% off entire order; Charyli, 15% off entire purchase; Frank Boutique, 10% off entire purchase. Additional partners include: TrackShack, East Orlando Chamber of Commerce, West Orange Chamber of Commerce, J. Mclaughlin, United Legacy Bank and The Mall at Millenia.
So far, nearly $17,000 has been raised toward the AdventHealth grant. To learn more about the Housing First initiative, a breakthrough solution that’s already helped 339 chronically homeless stay off the streets in Central Florida, visit: homesaretheanswer.org