Meet Jennifer

Jennifer’s excitement is so pervasive, she can’t sleep!

After all, she’s just “graduated” from her room in Pathlight HOME’s Safe Haven Program to her very own efficiency apartment in our Homes for New Beginnings Program. Though both are located at Maxwell Garden Apartments, her new home affords a more independent existence, a place to put her “stuff” and new dresser, room for a small couch, as well as the support of her case manager.


With a personal history she says is “tough to talk about,” Jennifer grew up in a financially comfortable family, having a “bunch of stuff,” and graduating high school in Ft. Lauderdale. Fast-forward to adulthood, she’s had a hard time keeping jobs over the years, has moved from place to place, lived in a shelter, and landed on the streets. She carried or stored her “stuff” in a variety of places, eventually losing it all.


In March 2014, Jennifer was referred from the streets to our Safe Haven Program and hasn’t looked back since. She credits her Case Manager, Rotoya, and is grateful to the entire staff.


“They helped me in a lot of different ways…I was able to take care of my health; they made sure I took my meds. Now I’m okay and watch the clock (myself). I am able to relax and be at home…be safe.” She obtained disability benefits, enabling her to pay her modest expenses, is now free of alcohol and properly medicated for her bipolar disorder and other medical issues.


Maintaining sobriety after years of drinking is no small feat! In addition to the 12-Step meetings she’s attended, Jennifer found a new passion to fill many of the hours she used to drink – knitting and learning to crochet. She’s taking classes at the Orange County Library downtown and proudly displays the certificates she’s earned.


In the midst of knitting an impressive blanket for her adult son in Atlanta, with the Falcons colors “red, white, black and silver sparkle,” Jennifer reveals another wonderful change in her life since coming into Pathlight HOME programs at Maxwell Garden. She’s repaired the relationships with her son and also her mother, who lives in a nearby county. “I’m close to my mom now. She’s been very supportive.” Jennifer knows it’s the result of ”being here, being sober, being clean.”


“The past is the past! I feel welcome and appreciated here. Everyone is quiet and respectful,” she says about Maxwell Garden and her new abode. “This is permanent. I’m done moving. This is home!”


Talk about a changed life!

Pathlight HOME Awarded $10K TD Charitable Foundation Grant for Homeless Housing Program

Orlando Homelessness Nonprofit Receives Support for Permanent Supportive Housing Program

ORLANDO, Fla. - (May 15, 2018) – Pathlight HOME, Central Florida’s first and largest provider of the “Housing First” approach to helping homeless men and women rejoin the community, has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the TD Charitable Foundation, the charitable giving arm of TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank. The grant will help support the nonprofit’s Restore Permanent Supportive Housing Program for chronically homeless individuals.


“We are honored that TD Bank, through the TD Charitable Foundation, recognizes the significant role that Pathlight HOME’s  permanent supportive housing plays in Central Florida,” said Pathlight HOME President Helaine Blum. “Their generous support of our work will help us continue to change the lives of more-than-600 homeless and low-income neighbors each day through affordable housing and economic opportunities.”


The Restore Program provides 60 housing units and services for chronically homeless adults in Central Florida to assist them in gaining / maintaining housing stability and income, and increasing their mental and physical stability and self-sufficiency. In collaboration with Orange County Government and the Homeless Services Network of Central Florida, Restore provides affordable housing, case management, transportation, life skills coaching, social services and medical referrals, recreational activities, and more. In the most recent year, 97 percent of clients maintained housing stability or moved to another permanent housing option, instilling a palpable sense pride in all concerned.


About Pathlight HOME

Pathlight HOME changes the lives of homeless and low-income men and women through affordable housing and economic opportunities. We are Central Florida’s first and largest provider of permanent supportive housing. In our 25 years, we have helped more than 5,000 homeless neighbors through the “housing first” philosophy. Today, more than 600 residents receive safe, dignified housing and supportive services.


About the TD Charitable Foundation

The TD Charitable Foundation is the charitable giving arm of TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®, one of the 10 largest commercial banking organizations in the United States. Since its inception in 2002, the Foundation has distributed more than $193.8 million and more than 19,000 grants in charitable donations from Maine to Florida. The Foundation's mission aligns with The Ready Commitment, a new multi-year program that TD launched in March 2018 to help individuals and communities prosper. As part of The Ready Commitment, TD targets CDN $1 billion (US $775 million) in total by 2030 towards community giving in four areas critical to opening doors for an inclusive tomorrow – Financial Security, a more Vibrant Planet, Connected Communities and Better Health.


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New Coat of Color Dazzles!

Spring is the perfect time to splash a new coat of color on your home!

Volunteers help to paint Maxwell Garden, a low-income efficiency apartment complex in Orlando

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.

Volunteers painting Maxwell Garden, an affordable efficiency apartments for low-income residents in Orlando Volunteer painting housing for Orlando chronically homeless residents of Pathlight HOME Volunteers paint the exterior of Maxwell Garden, a renovated motel that is now affordable permanent supportive housing apartments for former homeless in Orlando

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!)

Student volunteers show off the back of their t-shirts while volunteering at Pathlight HOME's Housing for the Homeless

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!

Radio Station 104.5 The Beat volunteers and plays music at Pathlight HOME's painting day at Maxwell Garden

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!?

1-800-411-PAIN sponsored the Pathlight HOME volunteer painting day and brought their truck to the event

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.

Orlando student volunteers at Pathlight HOME's Paint Housing for the Homeless at Maxwell Garden

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.

Sponsor signage thanks Orlando volunteers and supporters of Pathlight HOME's volunteer painting day at Maxwell Garden

From Pathlight HOME to your home, THANK YOU for helping us to change the lives of more than 600 formerly-homeless people each day!