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Orlando Veterans Stand Down 2012

For the past few years Homeless Services Network has helped coordinate the Orlando Veteran Stand Down. This year is no exception. We are expecting 325-350 veterans in attendance this year and we need 325-350 volunteers to make it a successful event. Last year’s Stand Down was a wonderful success with spectacular volunteers. But this year we have worked hard to make it even better.

Information for the 2012 Veteran Stand Down: Continue reading

Volunteers Needed for Project Homeless Connect, Friday March 23rd

Project Homeless Connect is the Homeless Services Network’s outreach to the homeless in Seminole, Orange, and Osceola Counties. It is a one day event offering more than 50 services that are critically needed by homeless persons in one convenient location.

Services offered include emergency shelter and transitional housing, mental health and substance abuse services, employment resources, food stamp assistance, Florida ID cards and birth certificates via IDignity, legal services, medical care, showers, haircuts, food, clothing and much more.

HSN will be holding the 6th annual Project Homeless Connect in Downtown Orlando on Friday, March 23, 2012. The location is First Baptist Church of Orlando, 3000 S. John Young Parkway Orlando, FL 32805. Transportation to and from the event will be provided for clients via shuttle from various locations in Downtown Orlando and Orange County.

HSN is grateful for the support of First Baptist Church of Orlando, Love Orlando, City of Orlando and Orange County Government for our event this year. In 2010, Project Homeless Connect served over 1,000 clients in Downtown Orlando. In 2012, we expect to serve the same.

In order to make this event a success, WE NEED VOLUNTEERS! If you would like to volunteer, please fill out the Volunteer Registration Form.

Volunteers Needed to Assist with Annual Point-in-Time Count on Friday, January 28th

HSN will be surveying 15 labor pools in the tri-county area beginning at 5:00 a.m. and ending at 7:00 a.m. on Friday, January 28, 2011. The survey is part of HSN’s annual Point in Time Count, which is always conducted within the last 10 days of January.

Volunteers for our labor pool surveys will go to a labor pool site, arriving at approximately 5:00 a.m. when persons seeking work are lining up to seek work. Informal surveys are completed until 7:00 a.m. (or until all clients have been interviewed).

HSN is hosting an optional breakfast for volunteers at the Denny’s in Orlando at I-4 on Lee Road beginning at 8:00 a.m. to turn in survey forms, share their experiences and get lots of coffee and a hot breakfast.

HSN volunteers will be going to more than 70 locations to gather data on the unsheltered homeless through a simple two-page survey form. The aggregated data is reported to HUD and is used by local governments, foundations, businesses and nonprofits to develop programs that serve the needs of the homeless in our community. The data is especially important when applying for funding for homeless programs from local, state, and Federal sources.

Volunteers are asked to attend a 45-minute training session at HSN’s office at 2828 Edgewater Drive (downtown College Park) at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 27, 2011, where they will receive their assignments, get clipboards, surveys and directions to their assignments.

To sign up, please fill out the Volunteer Registration Form.

Project Homeless Connect by the Numbers

On December 4, 2009, Project Homeless Connect at the Downtown Orlando Recreation Center assisted 592 clients – despite pouring rain for most of the day. More than 270 volunteers happily took on the challenge and were instrumental in delivering life-changing services. Here’s just a snapshot of the number of services that clients received:

  • 852 meals
  • 592 individuals received grocery bags of nonperishable food and clothing
  • 96 families received food stamps
  • 262 individuals received birth certificate and/or IDs
  • 121 persons received medical care
  • 112 adults completed Workforce Central Florida job referrals and 30 adults were interviewed by employers for available jobs!
  • 25 clients completed HIV testing and counseling
  • 95 clients took hot showers and 42 clients got hair cuts from Paul Mitchell staff
  • 168 clients received shelter referrals and 15 clients were moved into housing as of Monday, December 7, 2009.

Homeless Services Network would like thank all of the volunteers and service providers without whom this event would not be possible! You should all be proud of the impact you are making on the lives of homeless men, women and children in our community!

Mandatory Volunteer Orientation Today – Sanford Stand Down

All volunteers must attend training on Monday, August 3, 2009 at either 12pm-1pm or 6:30pm-7:30pm at the Disabled American Veterans chapter site. Volunteers will receive their task assignments and a t-shirt during check-in on the day of the Stand Down, Saturday, August 8, 2009.
If you have questions. call HSN at 407-893-0133 or email us at volunteer {at} hsncfl(.)org.
Event Location: Disabled American Veterans, Chapter #30, 3512 Orlando Drive, Sanford FL 32773 (On Hwy. 17-92 in Sanford, just north of Lake Mary Boulevard on the left side)

Anyone volunteering for Saturday’s Veterans Stand Down must attend either one of two training sessions today,  Monday, August 3, 2009. The first session runs from 12pm-1pm The second session runs from 6:30pm-7:30pm.

Both training sessions are at the Disabled American Veterans chapter site: 3512 Orlando Drive, Sanford FL 32773 (On Hwy. 17-92 in Sanford, just north of Lake Mary Boulevard on the left side)

If you have questions, call HSN at 407-893-0133 x107 or email us at volunteer {at} hsncfl(.)org.

Volunteers for Project Homeless Connect

I am writing to remind you of our Project Homeless Connect event this Friday, March 20, 2009 at Northland Church, 530 Dog Track Road, Longwood, FL 32750. It’s not too late to volunteer.

There is a training session tonight at 7pm in the building called ‘The Rink’ at Northland.

We still need volunteers, please come out to the training tonight or show up on Friday.

Please note that volunteers should check-in the Main Building on Friday before coming over to the ‘Rink’ for the event.

We hope to have the remaining 2009 dates scheduled in the next few weeks and I will send another email out when I have those dates. We currently have a Family Connect event scheduled for Saturday, April 25, 2009 at Lyman High School. Here is a link to find out more about this opportunity: http://www.volunteermatch.org/search/opp456511.jsp

Thank you in advance for serving our neighbors in need.

-Christine Fontaine