Black History Month Spotlight – Armando Pinder
Armando’s smile and laugh can be heard throughout Pathlight HOME’s Maxwell Terrace complex each day as he keeps the apartments in tip-top shape for residents. One can definitely imagine him talking with Reverend Fred Maxwell, Pathlight HOME’s co-founder, to decide how they’d go above and beyond that day and the next to help the formerly homeless residents who finally had a safe place to call home.
This jovial, empathetic and hardworking Senior Maintenance Supervisor has been at Maxwell Terrace since 1996, “Before the first tenant,” he says proudly. Armando’s caring and respect for Rev. Maxwell and what he created to help the least among us come across loud and clear. They’re also the reasons Armando is still devoted to the property and its residents, 24 years after he first came on board. “Rev. Maxwell wanted to do something for the tenants,” says Armando. “His prayers, intent and desires were always for them. If it was someone else, I probably would have left.”
As Armando talks about Rev. Maxwell’s compassion and positivity, one sees in him the very same qualities. It’s no wonder, then, that he credits the Reverend with being his inspiration. “He inspired me. It’s very rare…where do you find people like that…with a strong desire to help others. It’s a beautiful thing!” We know, too, that it’s a beautiful thing to continue Rev. Maxwell’s legacy, with compassionate people on board such as Armando!
In terms of what has changed over his years and what hasn’t, Armando is overjoyed that - thanks to dedicated supporters - Pathlight HOME has grown in its capacity to help homeless neighbors get off the streets into permanent housing. What hasn’t changed, however, is the great NEED in Central Florida. “The need on ALL levels…not just housing,” he laments.
And though Rev. Maxwell is no longer with us in body to help resolve that need and to continue changing lives, Armando still feels the presence of his spirit daily to carry on what he started. In fact, Armando is as positive as ever that, “The prayers of Rev. Maxwell help us keep going!”
We're honoring Rev. Maxwell's memory by providing a "Clean HOME" to the formerly homeless. Join us!