Orlando Magic Volunteers Serve Pathlight HOME During Week of Service

In recognition of Martin Luther King Jr Day and during its annual Week of Service, staff members from the Orlando Magic recently partnered with Pathlight HOME to serve meals for residents at our Maxwell Gardens Apartments.

 

“Addressing the many factors of homelessness in our community requires continued collaboration and wrap-around support,” said Babette Allen, CEO of Pathlight HOME. “We’re incredibly grateful to the Orlando Magic for their dedication and commitment to take action.”

 

Pathlight HOME focuses on changing the lives of those experiencing homelessness and hardship by providing access to housing, support services and career training. The organization's core programs and services include permanent supportive housing, career training and a drop-in center for those experiencing homelessness and mental illness.

 

“The Orlando Magic are thrilled to once again join Pathlight HOME to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through service to our community,” said Magic Executive Vice President of Marketing and Social Responsibility Shelly Wilkes. “Working with Pathlight HOME to help provide a meal was the perfect way to model Dr. King and all that he stood for. The Magic take great pride in helping to serve our community in whatever way possible, and we thank Pathlight for welcoming us into their HOME.”

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!