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EMERGENCY FAMILY ASSISTANCE Serving in Brevard, Lake, Marion, Orange, Osceola, Polk, Seminole, Sumter, and Volusia Counties Phone: 888-658-2828 www.cflcc.org cathchar@cflcc.org /CatholicCharitiesCentralFlorida

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“It was such a blessing. I got on my knees and thanked God. I asked for help and he heard.” - Eliza Lugo, former Emergency Family Assistance client The Emergency Family Assistance Program helps people who are facing a financial emergency. The crisis generally involves job loss, medical expenses, major car repairs, a divorce or unexpected expenses due to natural disasters, or death in the family. Service is by appointment only by calling 2-1-1. Emergency Family Assistance provides financial assistance with rent/mortgage and/or utilities and a week’s worth of food. The assistance helps prevent hunger and homelessness and helps families to gain self sufficiency. Each individual’s needs are assessed and coordinated by a case worker so they can receive emergency financial assistance, guidance, and support including: referrals, advocacy, food, short-term case management and benefits screening. Long-term self-sufficiency is the goal as well as addressing the immediate need for assistance with rent/mortgage/ utility payments to prevent eviction or the disconnection of services. Financial assistance is the most requested service in the community. HOW TO HELP: Host a food drive to keep pantry shelves full Donate gas gift cards to assist with transportation Make a financial donation to help a family stay in their home

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Catholic Charities of Central Florida provides vital social services to people in need regardless of their religious, social or economic background, to improve lives of individuals, families and the community.


CENTRAL REGION Serving in Orange, Osceola, and Seminole Counties 1819 N. Semoran Blvd., FL 32807 Phone: 407-658-1818 www.cflcc.org cathchar@cflcc.org /CatholicCharitiesCentralFlorida

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“By the grace of God and Catholic Charities I succeeded, and I plan to keep going from here.” - Shaniqua, former Shepherd’s House resident The Central Region of Catholic Charities of Central Florida provides vital services to people in need in Orange, Osceola, and Seminole Counties. Serving as the charitable arm of the Diocese of Orlando, Catholic Charities of Central Florida Central Region provides hope and opportunity to the poor and vulnerable. PROGRAMS IN THE CENTRAL REGION Preventing Homelessness

Providing Access to Healthcare

Emergency Family Services Family Stability Initiative Shepherd’s House transitional housing

Pathways to Independence transitional housing

Caring for Immigrants and Refugees

St. Joseph Garden Courts affordable senior housing

Immigration legal assistance

St. Anthony Garden Courts affordable senior housing

Employment counseling and job placement

Alleviating Hunger

Refugee Youth Services

Cultural Orientation

Semoran Food Pantry

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St. Thomas Aquinas Free Medical Clinic Pathways to Care Homeless Respite Center ThinkSmart Abstinence Education

HOW TO HELP Catholic Charities seeks to partner with members of our Central Florida community to enhance our mission to serve the poor. Consider joining us by: 

Coordinating a food drive or collection of other needed items

Assisting with fundraising or special events

Volunteering with one of our programs. There are opportunities for every skill, interest, and time commitment. School and corporate groups are welcome.

Hosting a speaker on social issues or Catholic social teaching

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Catholic Charities of Central Florida provides vital social services to people in need regardless of their religious, social or economic background, to improve lives of individuals, families and the community.


FAMILY STABILITY INITIATIVE Serving in Orange County 301 Thalia Drive Orlando, FL 32807 Phone: 407-306-8119 www.cflcc.org cathchar@cflcc.org /CatholicCharitiesCentralFlorida

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“If it wasn’t for this program we would still be in the hotel. We don’t ever want to end up where we used to be.” - Rosie The Family Stability Initiative began in 2011 to help families at risk of homelessness with school aged children to become self-sufficient. We help families in difficult financial situations to identify and address the problems they face. We provide six months of intensive case management to help them discover the root cause of their economic crisis, improve their child’s school attendance and performance, and develop a plan to achieve long-term goals. SUPPORT SERVICES INCLUDE: 

Financial assistance to help families remain in their homes or find affordable housing

Career coaching

Money management and budgeting skills

Referrals to community resources

HOW TO HELP Child care volunteers are needed while parents attend trainings and job interviews

PROGRAM CRITERIA 

Reside in Orange County with at least one school aged child (K-12)

Complete initial family assessment

Meet weekly with case manager

Attend monthly financial education workshops (food and child care provided)

Follow individualized case plan and family budget

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Catholic Charities of Central Florida provides vital social services to people in need regardless of their religious, social or economic background, to improve lives of individuals, families and the community.


SHEPHERD’S HOUSE Serving in Orange County 301 Thalia Drive Orlando, FL 32807 Phone: 407-306-8119 www.cflcc.org cathchar@cflcc.org /CatholicCharitiesCentralFlorida

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“ I don’t know what would have happened to me and my baby if it wasn’t for Shepherd’s House.” -Isabel Gomez, former resident Shepherd’s House provides safe housing, child care, and a circle of support to homeless single mothers. The program provides women the opportunity to gain financial stability, parenting support, job training, and life skills to establish a solid foundation on which to build their future. Shepherd’s House includes seven duplex apartments that accommodate up to fourteen mothers with children age ten or younger for six months. The mothers receive case management and life skills training at the nearby Shepherd’s Common facility. SUPPORT SERVICES INCLUDE   

Safe, secure, fully furnished homes in a positive and supportive environment Daily case management Individual and group counseling

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Money management skills Resume and employability assistance Child care and transportation assistance Weekly life skills educational courses Ongoing support and services

PROGRAM CRITERIA To qualify for Shepherd’s House, applicants must be a single homeless woman age 18 or older with up to three children ages birth to 10 years old. Mothers must be able to work full time and participate in Life Skills Training. HOW TO HELP Sponsor a mother in the program by donating new items (cleaning products, sheets, kitchen items, household supplies, etc.) or sponsor a family during the holidays. Child care volunteers are needed while mothers attend trainings and job interviews. In Partnership With:

Catholic Charities of Central Florida provides vital social services to people in need regardless of their religious, social or economic background, to improve lives of individuals, families and the community.


PATHWAYS TO INDEPENDENCE Serving in Seminole County 430 Plumosa Ave., Casselberry, FL 32707 Phone: 407-388-0245 www.cflcc.org cathchar@cflcc.org /CatholicCharitiesCentralFlorida

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"Thank God for Catholic Charities and Pathways. Thank God for putting us in the right place at the right time." - Didi Abel, former resident Pathways to Independence is a nine-month transitional housing program for homeless single women ages 18 and above who need emotional support and case management to make the transition to self-sufficiency. It is a continuation of the care they receive at Pathways to Care, a short-term recuperative care facility for homeless adults who are recovering from an illness or injury. Pathways to Independence helps residents find and maintain employment, focus on self-improvement and stability, learn money management, and locate permanent housing. The goal of the program is to help participants obtain and remain in permanent housing, increase their skills and/or income, and achieve greater self-sufficiency. SUPPORT SERVICES INCLUDE 

Intensive case management

Housing accommodations

Life skills

Laundry services

On-site and off-site job training

Three prepared meals a day

Assistance in setting and achieving personal goals

HOW TO HELP Donations of personal hygiene items are appreciated. Please call 407-388-0245 to determine current needs. Volunteers are needed to serve as mentors, assist with food preparation and service, building and grounds maintenance, and clerical support. Groups are welcome.

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Catholic Charities of Central Florida provides vital social services to people in need regardless of their religious, social or economic background, to improve lives of individuals, families and the community.


ST. ANTHONY GARDEN COURTS Serving in Osceola County 441 Hamilton Park Circle, St. Cloud, FL 34759 Phone: 321-805-4733 www.cflcc.org cathchar@cflcc.org /CatholicCharitiesCentralFlorida

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St Anthony Garden Courts is a 50-unit affordable housing community for people 55 and over, conveniently located in St Cloud next to St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church. The community consists of one, two and three bedroom apartments. Our senior residents are encouraged to keep physically and mentally active by participation in social development programs. St. Anthony Garden Courts is an equal housing opportunity. The complex is managed by SPM, LLC. Their professional staff receives extensive training and is dedicated to making St. Anthony Garden Courts Osceola County’s premiere affordable housing for seniors. APARTMENTS INCLUDE 

Garden style units with screened patios and individual entrances

Fully equipped kitchen

Individually controlled central heat and air conditioning

Bathrooms equipped with grab bars and walk-in showers

Laundry room

Recreational areas and resident-led activities

PROGRAM CRITERIA Income does not exceed $20,100 per year for an individual or $22,950 for a couple. Must be at least 55 years of age. If applying as a couple, only one person must meet the age requirement. HOW TO HELP Donate: Food, kitchen supplies, and recreational items Volunteer: Plan programs and recreational events for the seniors In Partnership With:

Catholic Charities of Central Florida provides vital social services to people in need regardless of their religious, social or economic background, to improve lives of individuals, families and the community.


ST. JOSEPH GARDEN COURTS Serving in Orange County 1515 N. Alafaya Trail. Orlando, FL 32828 Phone: 407-382-0808 www.cflcc.org cathchar@cflcc.org /CatholicCharitiesCentralFlorida

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“ As soon as I came here I was very happy. This is what I needed.” -Alicia Rodriguez, resident

St. Joseph Garden Courts is an affordable housing community with 79 one-bedroom apartments for low income seniors. The apartments are located next to St. Joseph Catholic Church, Orlando, and many residents appreciate the convenient access to Mass and other aspects of parish life. Residents are encouraged to be self-sufficient and to be physically and mentally active. We provide safe and affordable housing for low-income seniors and social development programs so that seniors are able to have peace of mind as they age. The complex is an equal housing opportunity and is managed by SPM, LLC. Their professional staff receives extensive training and is dedicated to making St. Joseph Garden Courts Orange County’s premiere affordable housing for seniors. APARTMENTS INCLUDE 

Refrigerator and stove

Laundry room

Individually controlled central heat and air conditioning

Bathrooms equipped with grab bars and walk-in showers

Recreational areas and resident-led activities

PROGRAM CRITERIA Income does not exceed $20,100 per year for an individual or $22,950 for a couple. Must be at least 62 years of age. If applying as a couple, only one person must meet the age requirement. HOW TO HELP Donate: Food, kitchen supplies, and recreational items Volunteer: Plan programs and recreational events for the seniors In Partnership With:

Catholic Charities of Central Florida provides vital social services to people in need regardless of their religious, social or economic background, to improve lives of individuals, families and the community.


ST. THOMAS AQUINAS FREE MEDICAL CLINIC Serving in Osceola County 510 Brown Chapel Road, St. Cloud, FL 34769 Phone: 407-306-8119 www.cflcc.org cathchar@cflcc.org /CatholicCharitiesCentralFlorida

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“The clinic has been so supportive in getting us where we need to be so we can get the help that we need.” – Former Patients of Catholic Charities Free Medical Clinic

St. Thomas Aquinas Free Medical Clinic provides health care to the working poor in Osceola county. Services include medical care, case management, preventative health education programs, specialist referrals, and referrals to community social services. The medical clinic is a collaboration between Catholic Charities of Central Florida and St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church. CLINIC OPERATIONS Wednesdays 4:00 p.m.—8:00 p.m. (except holidays). The clinic is open one additional night per month for specialty care (Orthopedic, Urology, Podiatrist, Pediatric, Echocardiograms and Ultrasounds). The clinic is run by one part-time office manager and a team of dedicated volunteers, including: medical director, physicians, nurse practitioners, eligibility specialists, and allied health professionals (RN’s/LPN’s). The clinic is supported by donations and collaboration with local Catholic churches, the Osceola Council on Aging, faith-based community partners, private individuals, grants from local hospital foundations and businesses, in-kind donations of medical and office equipment, and local fundraising efforts. Volunteers are the major contributors to the success of the clinic. HOW TO HELP Donate: Office & medical supplies, (otoscope, medicine, insoles, etc.) personal hygiene items (toothbrushes, lotions, soaps, etc…) Volunteer: Medical volunteers, receptionist, eligibility, discharge, clerical support, parking attendant Catholic Charities of Central Florida free medical clinics comply with all State, Federal and HIPAA regulatory requirements. Licensed health care professionals are granted sovereign immunity through the Volunteer Health Care Provider Program under the Department of Health, State of Florida. Catholic Charities of Central Florida is the sovereign immunity agency for all three clinics and is accredited by the Council on Accreditation.

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Catholic Charities of Central Florida provides vital social services to people in need regardless of their religious, social or economic background, to improve lives of individuals, families and the community.


PATHWAYS TO CARE Serving in Seminole County 430 Plumosa Ave., Casselberry, FL 32707 Phone: 407-388-0245 www.cflcc.org cathchar@cflcc.org /CatholicCharitiesCentralFlorida

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“I’m grateful it worked out like this for me. I didn’t have anywhere else to go.” - Andy, former resident Pathways to Care is a 40-bed not-for-profit recuperative care facility that provides health care, housing, and hope to Central Florida’s vulnerable homeless population in need of a safe place to heal after a serious illness or injury. Residents receive medical care, counseling and resources to develop a social recovery plan to address the root causes of their illness and the financial struggles that have led them to becoming homeless and unemployed. On average, 85% of Pathways to Care residents relocate with family or other independent living options after leaving the program. SUPPORT SERVICES INCLUDE: 

Assistance with medication

Case management

Transportation to medical appointments

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Referrals to community resources

Nutritious meals

24/7 supervision and care

Access to mental health counseling

Community organizations including, Catholic and Protestant churches, homeless agencies, and hospitals partner with us to care for the most vulnerable members of our community. HOW TO HELP Donations of medical supplies, personal hygiene items, and office supplies are appreciated. Please call 407-388-0245 to determine current needs. Volunteers are needed to assist with preparing and serving meals, building and grounds maintenance, and clerical support. Groups are welcome.

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Catholic Charities of Central Florida provides vital social services to people in need regardless of their religious, social or economic background, to improve lives of individuals, families and the community.


IMMIGRATION SERVICES Serving in Orange County 1771 N. Semoran Blvd., Orlando, FL 32807 Phone: 407-658-1818 www.cflcc.org cathchar@cflcc.org /CatholicCharitiesCentralFlorida

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Many thanks for the wonderful work that the team at Catholic Charities does. They are always ready to help the needy. –Diego Guerrero, Cuban Immigrant Catholic Charities of Central Florida has been providing legal immigration services to the Central Florida immigrant community since 1988. Many immigrants need assistance in navigating a very complex and ever-changing U.S. immigration system in order to become participating members of our community. Our team provides consultations, preparation of immigration applications, and legal representation to more that 3,000 individuals yearly. SUPPORT SERVICES INCLUDE 

Immigration Consultations

Permanent Residency

Certified Translations

Family Petitions

Employment Authorization

Refugee Adjustment

Marriage Cases

Consular Processing

Citizenship/Naturalization

Court Representation

Our experienced, multilingual immigration services team includes attorneys and immigration specialists as well as volunteer law school interns, and clerical assistants.

HOW TO HELP Pro bono attorneys are needed to provide direct services or consultations in Immigration related matters. Interpreters are needed to translate documents and interpret during interviews. Accreditation: The agency is recognized and accredited by the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) as offering low-cost immigration counseling with the necessary experience and knowledge relating to immigration law and procedures. In Partnership With

Catholic Charities of Central Florida provides vital social services to people in need regardless of their religious, social or economic background, to improve lives of individuals, families and the community.


REGUGEE RESETTLEMENT Serving in Orange County 1819 N. Semoran Blvd., Orlando, FL 32807 Phone: 407-658-1818 www.cflcc.org cathchar@cflcc.org /CatholicCharitiesCentralFlorida

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“When you come to the U.S. you don’t know anything and you need everything. You need someone to show you.” -Mohammed Abdi, Somali Refugee Catholic Charities of Central Florida has assisted more than 10,000 refugees escaping war and famine to begin a new life in Central Florida. Refugees from all over the world seeking a safe haven in the United States are welcomed into the community and assisted with finding a job and a place to live. We help transition families into a new culture with an emphasis on self-sufficiency. SUPPORT SERVICES INCLUDE 

Arranging for housing

Referral to area English classes

Meeting new arrivals at the airport

Transportation and interpretation to health care providers

Basic necessities upon arrival

Employment counseling and job placement

Cultural and community orientation

HOW TO HELP Donate

Cleaning Supplies

Furniture

Toiletries

Kitchen Items

Food

Household Supplies

Vehicles

Volunteer 

Sponsor a new family

Organize a donation drive

Help set up an apartment

Provide English tutoring

Catholic Charities of Central Florida provides vital social services to people in need regardless of their religious, social or economic background, to improve lives of individuals, families and the community.


COASTAL & NORTHERN REGIONS Serving in Brevard, Lake, Sumter, Marion, and Volusia Counties 207 White St., Daytona Beach, FL 32114 | 386-255-6521 3050 N. Hwy. A1A, Indialantic, FL 32903 | 321-636-6144 1321 Sunshine Ave., Leesburg, FL 32748 | 352-460-0700

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“The people are angels on earth. They have made things better and done things I didn’t think were possible.” - Carol Phelps, former client The Coastal and Northern Regions of Catholic Charities of Central Florida provide vital services to people in need in Brevard and Volusia Counties (Coastal Regions) and Lake, Sumter, and Marion Counties (Northern Region). Serving as the charitable arm of the Diocese of Orlando, Catholic Charities of Central Florida’s Coastal and Northern Regions provide hope and opportunity to the poor and vulnerable. PROGRAMS OF THE COASTAL AND NORTHERN REGIONS Preventing Homelessness   

Emergency Family Assistance (Cocoa, Indialantic, Daytona Beach, Pierson, Leesburg) Food Pantry (Cocoa, Daytona Beach, Deltona) Brevard Interfaith Coalition

Providing Access to Healthcare 

Lazarus Free Medical Clinic (Wildwood)

St. Luke Free Medical and Dental Clinic (Eustis)

HOW TO HELP: Catholic Charities seeks to partner with members of the Central Florida community to enhance our mission to serve the poor. Consider joining us by: 

Coordinating a food drive or collection of other needed items

Assisting with fundraising or special events

Volunteering with one of our programs. There are opportunities for every skill, interest, and time commitment. School and corporate groups are welcome.

Hosting a speaker on social issues or Catholic social teaching

In Partnership With:

Catholic Charities of Central Florida provides vital social services to people in need regardless of their religious, social or economic background, to improve lives of individuals, families and the community.


LAZARUS FREE MEDICAL CLINIC Serving in Lake, Sumter, and Marion Counties 210 Wonders Street, Wildwood, FL 34785 Phone: 352-748-4567 www.cflcc.org cathchar@cflcc.org /CatholicCharitiesCentralFlorida

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“I thank God every day that you were there to help me.� - Former medical clinic patient

The Lazarus Free Medical Clinic, in partnership with San Pedro de Jesus Maldonado Mission, provides caring, quality medical care, referral services, and preventive health education to disadvantaged migrant workers and working poor families. More than 1,000 sick and hurting patients receive medical attention each year. The clinic is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (except holidays) and is operated by one part-time office manager and a dedicated team of volunteers, including: medical director, physicians, nurse practitioner, registered nurses, certified health educator, and administrative specialists. HOW TO HELP Donate: Medical supplies (including pediatric supplies) and silent auction items. Please call ahead to determine need. Financial contributions are appreciated. Volunteer: Volunteers are the major contributors to the success of the clinic. Opportunities include: medical personnel, computer entry, clerical support, eligibility, community outreach, fundraising event support, and grant writing. Days and hours are flexible. Bilingual in English and Spanish a plus. The clinic complies with all State, Federal and HIPAA regulatory requirements. Licensed health care professionals are granted sovereign immunity under the Volunteer Health Care Provider Program under the Department of Health, State of Florida. Catholic Charities of Central Florida is the sovereign immunity agency for all three clinics and is accredited by the Council on Accreditation.

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Catholic Charities of Central Florida provides vital social services to people in need regardless of their religious, social or economic background, to improve lives of individuals, families and the community.


ST. LUKE FREE MEDICAL & DENTAL CLINIC Serving in Lake, Marion, and Sumter Counties 722 S. Grove Street, Eustis, FL 32726 Phone: 352-602-4640 www.cflcc.org cathchar@cflcc.org /CatholicCharitiesCentralFlorida

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“I am healthy and back to work and I wouldn’t have been able to do that if it wasn’t for St. Luke Medical and Dental Clinic.” - Vaniecea Blaine, former patient St. Luke Free Medical and Dental Clinic provides health care and dental services to the working poor in Lake County and neighboring areas. Services include medical care, case management, preventative health education programs, specialist referrals, and referrals to community social services. The medical clinic is a collaboration between Catholic Charities of Central Florida, St. Mary of the Lakes Catholic Church, and St. Patrick Catholic Church. CLINIC OPERATIONS Mondays 4:00pm—8:00pm Dental Only (except holidays) Wednesdays 4:00pm—8:00pm Medical only (except holidays) The clinic is run by one part-time office manager and a team of dedicated volunteers, including: medical director, physicians, nurse practitioner, registered nurses, health educators, and administrative specialists. The clinic is supported by donations from churches, individuals, grants from local hospital foundations, in-kind donations of medical and office equipment, and local fundraising events. Volunteers are the major contributors to the success of the clinic. HOW TO HELP Donate: Medical supplies, dental supplies, and silent auction items. Please call ahead to determine need. Financial contributions are appreciated. Volunteer: Medical and dental personnel, computer entry, clerical support, eligibility, community outreach, fundraising events, and grant writing. Days and hours are flexible. Bilingual in English and Spanish a plus. Catholic Charities of Central Florida free medical clinics comply with all State, Federal and HIPAA regulatory requirements. Licensed health care professionals are granted sovereign immunity through the Volunteer Health Care Provider Program under the Department of Health, State of Florida. Catholic Charities of Central Florida is the sovereign immunity agency for all three clinics and is accredited by the Council on Accreditation. In Partnership With:

Catholic Charities of Central Florida provides vital social services to people in need regardless of their religious, social or economic background, to improve lives of individuals, families and the community.


WESTERN REGION Serving in Polk County 1801 E. Memorial Blvd., Lakeland, FL 33801 Phone: 863-686-7153 www.cflcc.org cathchar@cflcc.org /CatholicCharitiesCentralFlorida

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“All kinds of wonderful things are happening. If I can turn my life around, anyone can.” - Kris, former Family Empowerment Program client The Western Region of Catholic Charities of Central Florida provides vital services to people in need in Polk County at two offices in Lakeland and Winter Haven. Serving as the charitable arm of the Diocese of Orlando, Catholic Charities of Central Florida Western Region provides hope and opportunity to the poor and vulnerable. PROGRAMS OF THE WESTERN REGION Preventing Homelessness 

Family Empowerment Program - Case management and financial education teaches self-sufficiency  Lake Morton Senior Center - Promotes health and wellness for seniors through fellowship, activities, and education Alleviating Hunger 

Agape Food Bank - Distributes over 6 million pounds of food each year to 250 partner agencies  Mobile Food Pantry - Brings food to the people in high-need communities  SmilePak - Gives backpacks filed with food to children over the weekends when school lunches are not available  Food Pantry - Provides food assistance to meet immediate needs of hungry families HOW TO HELP Catholic Charities seeks to partner with members of the Central Florida community to enhance our mission to serve the poor. Consider joining us by: 

Coordinating a food drive or collection of other needed items

Assisting with fundraising or special events

Volunteering with one of our programs. There are opportunities for every skill, interest, and time commitment. School and corporate groups are welcome.

Hosting a speaker on social issues or Catholic social teaching

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Catholic Charities of Central Florida provides vital social services to people in need regardless of their religious, social or economic background, to improve lives of individuals, families and the community.


LAKE MORTON SENIOR CENTER Serving in Polk County 803 E. Palmetto St., Lakeland, FL 33801 Phone: 863-687-2988 www.cflcc.org cathchar@cflcc.org /CatholicCharitiesCentralFlorida

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“I just love coming here, being able to talk to people my own age. Everyone is always so pleasant.” - Bill Carr, 91 The Lake Morton Senior Center is a special place where seniors spend their day participating in programs that promote health and wellness through fellowship, activities, and education. Through a coordination of programs and services, seniors who participate at Lake Morton Senior Center find the physical and mental stimulation they need to remain independent longer. SUPPORT SERVICES INCLUDE 

Case management

Day trips

Knitting and crochet group

Exercise classes

Computer assistance

Men and Women’s Bridge Club

Card games

Bingo

Art classes and crafts

Musical entertainment

Health and educational presentations

Senior chorus

Lunch for seniors aged 60 or older for $1 daily. Provided by Polk County Fellowship Dining.

HOW TO HELP Donate: In addition to support from the United Way of Central Florida and the Diocese of Orlando, Lake Morton Senior Center operates a thrift store on site to help offset the costs of the program. The Thrift Store is always in need of donations such as: household items, small appliances in working order, new and used adult clothing in good condition. Financial donations are also appreciated. Volunteer: Dedicated instructional volunteers needed on a weekly basis to teach classes such as: exercise, arts and crafts, health and wellness, computers and technology, and music.

Catholic Charities of Central Florida provides vital social services to people in need regardless of their religious, social or economic background, to improve lives of individuals, families and the community.


AGAPE FOOD BANK Serving in Polk, Hardee, and Highlands Counties 325 McCue Rd., Suite 2, Lakeland, FL 33815 Phone: 863-665-7074 www.cflcc.org cathchar@cflcc.org /CatholicCharitiesCentralFlorida

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“Agape means love – God’s love for all humankind, and humankind’s love for God. It’s just the perfect word for a food bank that helps feed children and adults in the community who don’t have any food.” - Lisa Meyers, Principal of Wahneta Elementary School Agape Food Bank, a program of Catholic Charities of Central Florida, has been serving the hungry in Polk, Hardee, and Highlands counties since 1983. The food bank distributes more than 6 million pounds of food each year to over 250 soup kitchens, churches, senior centers and other not-for-profits. This food comes from businesses, clubs, schools, parishes and individuals who sponsor food drives, along with donated food from manufacturers and distributers. Agape is the only USDA commodities provider in the region and the only agent in Polk County for Feeding America, the largest hunger-relief program I n the nation. AGAPE FOOD BANK PROGRAMS Mobile Pantries: Agape’s outreach efforts include “mobile pantries,” which takes food to the hardest hit areas of our community with the highest poverty rates. SmilePak: SmilePak provides backpacks filled with food to children in great need who otherwise would not have enough to eat over the weekend when school lunches are unavailable. HOW TO HELP Volunteers are an essential and vital arm of Agape, providing tremendous contributions, such as: 

Sorting and boxing donated food at the warehouse

Sponsoring food drives

Distributing food from the mobile food pantry

Providing office assistance

Catholic Charities of Central Florida provides vital social services to people in need regardless of their religious, social or economic background, to improve lives of individuals, families and the community.


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