Tag Archives: Seminole County

Interview w/Cathy Jackson on homelessness

HSN’s Cathy Jackson has been featured on the Central Florida Matters program by the Carroll McKenney Foundation for Public Media:

In part-1 of a new feature titled “On Being…Homeless in Seminole County,” we talk with Cathy Jackson, executive director of the Homeless Services Network (HSN) of Central Florida. In a wide-ranging interview she defines the homeless problem in Seminole County and identifies other institutional players at work addressing the dilemma of homelessness. Feature length – 23:49

Christmas Meal for the Homeless in Sanford

A message from Ernest Hamilton, Executive Director, Rescue Outreach Mission of Sanford:

Rescue Outreach Mission will have it’s Annual Christmas meal for the Homeless and needy on Thursday, December 24, 2009 in the Dinning Hall located in the Men’s Division which is located at 1701 West 13th Street, Sanford, FL 32771.

Meals will be served at 11 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

Free H1N1 Flu Vaccine in Seminole County

The following announcement comes from Ernest Hamilton, Executive Director of the Rescue Outreach Mission in Sanford:

The Seminole County Health Department will provide FREE H1N1 Swine Flu Vaccine to all who are interested. The Health Department will set up in our main dining hall at Rescue Outreach Mission this Saturday, December 5th, 10am – 2pm.

The Rescue Outreach Mission is at 1301 W. 13th Street, Sanford, FL 32771.

News Release – Seminole PHC

Seminole County Project Homeless Connect Expected to Serve More than 200 Homeless On Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Mayors of 5 Seminole County Cities and Pastor Joel Hunter to appear at 8:00 a.m. Opening Ceremonies

Monday, July 28, 2008 – ORLANDO – On Wednesday, July 30, 2008 the Homeless Services Network (HSN), Northland Church and more than 40 nonprofits, faith-based groups and local businesses are hosting a one day event to provide housing, services, and hospitality in a convenient one-stop model directly to men, women and families experiencing homelessness in Seminole County.  The event should attract more than 200 homeless persons living in camps, on the streets, in vehicles and in abandoned buildings in Sanford, Longwood, Casselberry and surrounding cities.

Northland Pastor Joel Hunter and HSN Executive Director Cathy Jackson will be joined by the Mayors of Altamonte Springs, Casselberry, Lake Mary, Oviedo, and Sanford to open the event at 8:00 a.m.

Services will include medical care, showers, meals, shelter, employment opportunities, mental health services and counseling.  The Department of Motor Vehicles, Social Security Administration, Seminole County Vital Statistics and legal services will assist clients in applying for IDs, driver’s licenses, birth certificates and Social Security cards. Clients arrive at the event by public transportation, bicycle, car or by walking. Each participant will be given Lynx bus passes at the end of the event.

As a result of its January 2008 Point-in-Time Count, HSN estimates that more than 1,800 men, women and children experience homelessness in Seminole County annually. Thirty-five percent of the homeless population has been homeless more than one year, with an additional 32% reporting being homeless for three months to one year. In and around Sanford on one night in January 2008 HSN completed a count that identified more than 125 homeless men and women who were sleeping in abandoned buildings, in camps and on the street. There are more than 30 homeless camps in Seminole County.  It is this segment of the population that Project Homeless Connect seeks to serve by offering practical, compassionate services that encourage participants to re-engage with agencies that can help them get off the streets and return to self-sufficiency and a productive life.

Media opportunities:

  • 7:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  Interviews with clients (veterans, homeless women with children, employed men unable to find affordable shelter) and volunteers.
  • 7:50 a.m. – 8:20 a.m. Interviews with Pastor Joel Hunter, City Mayors, Cathy Jackson
  • 8:00 a.m. – Brief opening ceremonies
  • 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – lunch

Filming ops:

  • Hair cuts by Paul Mitchell;
  • Folks receiving IDs on DMV mobile van;
  • Medical services provided by mobile medical unit;
  • Veterans receiving counseling at VA table.

Contact Information: Cathy Jackson, (407) 893-0133 x101, cell (407) 416-6713, cathy {at} hsncfl(.)org