Opportunities of Hope
Unfortunately, in today’s economic climate, as Florida continues to recover from the economic recession, homelessness has become more frequent and of longer duration. There are more than 4,000 homeless persons in Orange, Osceola and Seminole Counties in any given night. The recession has added new faces to homelessness – with families with minor children increasingly losing their housing. As the only organization of its kind for a radius of 25 miles, Rescue Outreach Mission of Central Florida serves a wide geographic area with many needs, pulling residents from primarily Seminole County but also a portion from Orange County. The longer a family or person remains homeless, the more dysfunctional they tend to become. Without the benefit of Rescue Outreach Mission's “Opportunities & Hope” program, many families and/or individuals risk becoming chronically homeless. This creates an even larger burden to society.
Rescue Outreach Mission of Central Florida’s “Opportunities & Hope” program has two shelter facilities. One 36-bed shelter serves homeless women and women with children, including those needing shelter and safety from domestic violence. This facility can accommodate a single woman, a woman with one child to a woman with four children. The other 48-bed shelter houses homeless men. As part of their case management, shelter residents work toward personal goals, including employment, a crucial step to becoming more financially stable and independent so they can move into permanent housing. Without our services, the homeless will be less likely to achieve the life and job readiness skills they need to obtain and sustain employment, or to achieve permanent housing, and would require more services from the community; impacting the availability of services from government, private agencies, and the religious community. Rescue Outreach Mission’s “Opportunities & Hope” program ensures a safer, healthier community for all in addition to providing the potential for a future for our clients.
Following are specific services that every resident benefits from (some services are provided in collaboration with other agencies):
-- In-Take and Case Management Plan. During in-take, each client is interviewed to determine the cause of his/her homelessness. ROM assesses the individual's goals, job skills, education level, health, substance abuse and disability issues (if any), and other factors that contribute to their employment potential. Each case is reviewed weekly to determine progress toward planned goals.
-- Assistance in applying for all government programs that are available to assist residents -- such as Section 8 Housing, Medicaid, food stamps, TANF,SSI, and Veterans Health Services;
-- Three meals a day, seven days a week for all residents.
-- Clothes closet, mental health counseling, and access to AA meetings, if needed.
-- Education (one-on-one and group) in learning financial literacy skills that will increase financial stability, such as budgeting;
-- Mock employment interviews, assistance in filling out job applications; transportation to job fairs;
-- Assistance in finding permanent housing.
For the past two years, ROM has strengthened our case management in the area of financial management, including introducing a mandatory savings plan for each client, and more opportunities, some on-site, to build employability skills. Services for each client depend on individual need and case management plan and are enhanced through community partnerships. ROM has developed strong, viable relationships with community partners in all areas of service. A major collaborator is Pathways to Home (PTH), which was created to increase family stability and resiliency by directing families with children to community services agencies that meet their needs.
News and Updates
WFTV.COM Channel 9 - Seminole County shelter for needy families to expand
SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. — Seminole County's only emergency shelter for needy families is set for a major expansion.
The Sanford Herald: Rescue Outreach Mission updates facilities, services
The most recent additions include a playground and learning center, as well as renovating the children’s playroom, all of which are inside the Open Door Shelter for Women and Children.
The Sanford Herald: Wicklow 11-year-old collects toothbrushes for homeless kids
John Loso spent his summer a little differently than most children his age. After a successful toothbrush charity drive at his elementary school in May, the 11-year-old decided to continue his efforts during the summertime.
The Sanford Herald: 7-year-old girl produces cookbook to benefit Rescue Outreach Mission
Another child has come forward with a mission to help Sanford with its homeless after viewing the episode of “60 Minutes” documenting the homeless of Orlando.
Rescue Outreach Mission of Central Florida is an equal opportunity employer. In order to be considered for employment, an application must be filed. Applications will remain on file for three months from the date of issue and are reviewed for positions as they become available. Rescue Outreach Mission of Central Florida is a faith based organization.