Spring is the perfect time to splash a new coat of color on your home! And that’s exactly what nearly 100 volunteers, staff, and even residents did on April 28th for the formerly-homeless men and women who now live in Pathlight HOME’s Maxwell Terrace Apartments, at Colonial Drive and John Young Parkway. The 338-unit efficiency apartment complex is the first-of-its-kind permanent housing for homeless individuals in Central Florida, opening in 1996.

Working the entire day, in two shifts, our volunteer painters completed the exterior of the original, 75-unit building. The fresh adobe and blue tones now match those at our Maxwell Garden Apartments on Orange Blossom Trail. (And as donations and grants allow, we look forward to continuing the fresh paint to the rest of the property!)

The number of people who donated their time and talent really blew us away! University of Central Florida student groups, real estate and law groups, individuals who know us, and those who found us on VolunteerMatch THANK YOU!

This was no dull house painting exercise! Radio station 104.5 The Beat was there with their caring DJs, equipment, and tent, playing hip-hop and R & B from start to finish. What a sure way to create excitement for the project! Can you say singing and dancing while painting!?  

And what would we do without our other wonderful sponsors?? A delicious box lunch was catered by Sobik’s Subs at 4049 S. Orange Blossom Trail, Pathlight HOME’s own Social Enterprise partnership; and our t-shirts were underwritten by Storey Law Group. Other sponsors were Arcom Event Radios, Tewes Mortgage, Sherwin Williams of South OBT, Sam’s Club of W. Colonial Drive and Starbuck’s We Proudly Serve

From Pathlight HOME to your home, T H A N K  Y O U for helping us to change the lives of more than 600 formerly-homeless people each day! 

Suppose life hit you in the face and you found yourself living on $750 per month. Could you do it? Could you pay for the necessities, much less a few frills? How would you budget?

Disability Income Quiz

Take the Quiz:

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In addition to having been homeless, Pathlight HOME’s Maxwell Terrace and Maxwell Garden Apartments residents have either no, extremely low, or low income and receive subsidy assistance with the payment of their rent.  The majority of chronically homeless individuals in our Restore and Safe Haven Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) Programs enter with no income. Case Managers help them file for benefits, such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI) - a type of disability benefit paid to qualifying individuals whose household income falls below a certain level. Once they receive income, these clients pay 30% of their income for rent.

The monthly maximum Federal SSI benefit for an eligible individual is $750.  

Residents of our Homes for New Beginnings PSH Program are required to have income upon entry. Again, these disabled individuals receive some form of Social Security Disability Income and must pay 30% for rent. The rest of our more-than-600-residents don’t fare much better than their case-managed neighbors, or they would not qualify to rent our affordable, efficiency units.  

Could YOU survive?

 

The Sobik’s Subs location at 4049 S. Orange Blossom Trail, in front of Maxwell Garden Apartments, offers up an extra-special ingredient to go with its fresh sandwiches and salads! 

This location is actually a Social Enterprise partnership of Sobik’s Subs and Pathlight HOME, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that changes the lives of homeless and low-income men and women through affordable housing and economic opportunities.

Sobik's Subs Social Enterprise

As a Social Enterprise, the unique café provides training and employment opportunities to formerly homeless and low-income students in the Pathlight KITCHEN Culinary Training Program, right along with delicious breakfast and lunch items, catering, an event room and free Wi-Fi. 

Thanks to an added partnership with Starbucks “We Proudly Serve,” you can also enjoy Starbuck’s delicious coffees and teas.

This real-world food and customer service experience for enterprising culinary students, a Manager who really “knows her culinary stuff,” and profits that go directly into Pathlight HOME’s housing, training, and employment programs make ordering from Sobik’s Subs of Orange Blossom Trail a great way to “give back.”  

Sobik's Subs Social Enterprise

Give us a try, Monday – Friday from 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM. Call 407-447-3060 x 121, contact Uber Eats or visit in person, whether you want a meal for one or catering for a group! 

 

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