How We Help
When a family arrives at the Coalition, we immediately alleviate three crises: 1.) They will have a safe place to stay. 2.) They will have nutritious meals to eat. 3.) They can stay together.
We recognize that keeping families together is incredibly important during a time of crisis, and we are one of the few emergency shelters in Central Florida that accepts intact families. We strive to meet their specific needs through two dedicated facilities, the Center for Women and Families (CWF) and the Women’s Residential and Counseling Center (WRCC).
Our Rapid Re-Housing Program places families with children in independent housing units in the community, and provides rent and utilities assistance along with social services. Case managers focus on helping these clients access job training or education courses, obtain and maintain employment, practice money management and increase personal and financial stability. These skills, along with overcoming other personal barriers to self-sufficiency, prepare families to sustain their housing at the completion of the program.
Case managers help families address their needs and establish goals. They serve as a crucial support system, providing genuine empathy and respect for those seeking assistance. Case managers possess in-depth knowledge of available resources and proven expertise in guiding clients to stability.
Whether helping a family establish a budget or assisting them in finding low-income housing, case managers are a direct lifeline for clients, helping them overcome their crisis of homelessness.
The emotional healing process is crucial in helping our clients start anew. At the Center for Women and Families (CWF) and Women’s Residential and Counseling Center (WRCC), we offer specialized case management and support for adults and children who are victims of crime — as well as mental health services — through our on-site partner Aspire Health Partners. Aspire also provides referrals for family counseling and other developmental services.
Our Victims of Crime Act, or VOCA, Program offers counseling and support groups for victims of crime at both the CWF and WRCC.
Education and job skills training are critical in getting our clients back to work and helping them secure higher-paying jobs. We have many community partners who help us do just that.
The Orange County Public Schools LifeStrides Program is located on our main campus in the Center for Women and Families (CWF). The program links housing-compromised adults with 60 different technical programs in Orange County. Since students are classified as homeless, they receive tuition waivers, as well as vouchers for GED classes, lab fees, and textbooks. The LifeStrides classroom serves not only our clients, but other homeless adults in our community.
The cost of childcare is a huge burden on struggling families, costing on average $692 a month in Orange County. Our main campus has a fully-licensed daycare and a Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK) classroom, so parents can focus on saving, working, looking for work, or taking classes.
Our daycare and VPK staff addresses the issues facing our little ones. Homeless children are more likely to show delayed development and have learning disabilities. They can struggle with low self-esteem, behavioral problems, and limited social skills. Our nurturing staff works hard to teach and uplift our youngest clients.
Homeless children often struggle with self-esteem issues, as many have been exposed to tragedy and abuse, and they desperately need opportunities to express themselves in a positive way. Through community partnerships and programs, kids at the Coalition can choose from a variety of fun and educational activities to make the most of their free time, including Art by Coalition Children, Flag Football, and more.
The Coalition is the first shelter in the nation to have an on-site Boys & Girls Club. The Club provides a safe and fun space for children ages 6 to 18 to participate in youth activities that concentrate on building character and self-confidence. From homework assistance to promoting healthy lifestyles, the Club helps school-aged children at the Coalition realize their full potential.