How We Help
When a man arrives at the Coalition, we immediately meet his most basic needs. He will have a safe place to stay and nutritious meals to eat, which alleviates two major crises.
We strive to meet each man’s individual needs through our Men’s Service Center (MSC), a 250-capacity dormitory-style facility that opened its doors in June 2014.
During weekly appointments, case managers help men 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 and self-sufficiency.
Whether helping a man establish a budget or assisting a veteran in accessing his benefits, case managers are a direct lifeline for clients, helping them overcome their crisis of homelessness.
For those who are not yet ready to commit to this intensive level of support, there is an Introductory Phase with limited case management.
The Veterans Initiative addresses the unique challenges facing veterans, from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder to re-acclimating to civilian life. Participants in the Program are assigned case managers who specialize in meeting their specific needs. On-site, they have access to crucial services, such as counseling and job skills training, through partnerships with: CareerSource Central Florida, Goodwill’s Homeless Veterans’ Reintigration Program, Vets Serving Vets, and a Veterans Peer Support Group.
The Program also provides streamlined access to veterans’ benefits through a partnership with various Veterans Administration offices, as well as legal assistance.
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 emotional healing and recovery process is crucial in helping our clients start anew. Whether a man is suffering from mental illness or overcoming addiction, we have partnered with experts to give him the tools he needs to move forward. Our on-site partner Aspire Health Partners offers mental health services on our main campus.
The First Steps Substance Abuse Recovery Program for Men helps homeless men with substance abuse problems work toward self-sufficiency. Men living in the First Steps dorm in the Men’s Service Center (MSC) receive intensive case management while following the 12-step program. The Program includes a partnership with Specialized Treatment, Education & Prevention Services, Inc. (STEPS) and on-site Alcoholics/Narcotics Anonymous meetings. The men also participate in educational and vocational training.