A huge thank you to Channel 13 News for the wonderful write up about Pathlight HOME's Community Garden Build Day this past weekend!! Follow the link to read the article at www.mynews13.com!

 Orlando apartment residents who were once homeless came together Saturday to build a new community garden at Pathlight HOME.

Thank you again to our amazing partners, The Hive Orlando & UF IFAS Extension Family Nutrition Program, for making this event happen! 

Summer BBQ BashPathlight HOME hosted a Summer BBQ Bash for residents at Maxwell Terrace and Maxwell Garden Apartments. Smokey Jay’s BBQ served up some delicious Pull Pork, Smoked Chicken along with beans, Mac & Cheese and Slaw. YUM YUM!!! Big shout of to 104.5 The Beat for spinning some tunes. Great fun was had by all. Pathlight HOME is the largest provider of permanent supportive housing for the homeless in Central Florida. Our Housing-First model insures that those experiencing homelessness are provided with safe and dignified housing as a “Pathlight” to health and wellness. A team of social workers, property managers, maintenance personnel and volunteers provide needed supports and the best opportunity for those challenged by homelessness and poverty to truly thrive.

Sobik's Cafe ribbon cutting ceremonyLocation: 4049 S. Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, Florida—

When you are homeless, safe and secure housing is priority number one. Pathlight HOME has been pioneering the Housing First model for Central Florida’s homeless for 25 years. If housing is first, what comes second? The answer is—meaningful work. It’s the opportunity get up in the morning with a sense of purpose and dignity and to lie down at night with a feeling of accomplishment and progress. Of course a few dollars in the pocket doesn’t hurt either. Pathlight HOME is launching a Sobik’s Sub Shop and Café in Orlando to provide an on-ramp to employment for those challenged by homelessness and poverty. Participants overcome barriers to employment and enhance skill-sets necessary to succeed on the job.

Sobiks is a sandwich shop and café located next to the Maxwell Garden Apartments on traffic-heavy Orange Blossom Trail. In addition, to an affordable quality eatery, this social enterprise provides a training ground for our trainees in our culinary program to learn customer service skills and put their food service skills to the test in a supportive environment.

Pathlight HOME offers a 12-week culinary training program that provides participants with marketable skills. It also includes ServSafe certification and a banquet set-up/service training. Our classes are small, offering individual coaching, and soft-skill development opportunities critical for work-place success. Our Executive Chef trainer cultivates a network of employers who want to interview and hire our graduates, who in turn command a living wage.

Pathlight HOME is a non-profit agency whose mission is to change the lives’ of Floridians by providing affordable housing and economic opportunity to low income individuals—especially the homeless. Pathlight home has nearly 600 units of affordable housing— the largest provider of permanent housing and supportive services to Central Floridians experiencing homelessness.

“No one in our community hopes to become homeless—we provide permanent housing with supportive services so there is an alternative. Once housing is secured—we help people build resiliency through employment. Our opening of Sobik’s fills that need.” says Pathlight HOME President, Helaine Blum, Esq.

Join us as we celebrate the Grand Opening of Sobiks Cafe’

4049 S Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando FL 32805

Sobiks Cafe

Hungry for Hip-Hop Benefit Concert Thursday, June 18th at the Social in downtown Orlando. Doors open at 7:00pm, show starts at 8:00pm. benefiting Pathlight HOME. Rap Battle, DJ Battle, Break Dancers, Live Graffiti Art and live performances by Juju Ozbourne, Kim, NIKO IS and Hip-Hop Legend Talib Kweli. Show attendees bringing non-perishable food donations receive a discounted ticket price. All food items and a percentage of the proceeds will be donated to Pathlight HOME. Tickets are available at DTLR June 8th – June 18th. Bring non-perishable food items to receive $2 off the ticket price.Mountain Dew Kickstart VIP tickets are SOLD OUT online and are only available at DTLR locations. Limited amount of VIP tickets available. Buy tickets at http://www.1045thebeat.fm/articles/hungry-for-hiphop-492774/hungry-for-hip-hop-2015-13596715/#ixzz3cm4gfgTj