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Meet Gilberto

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Published: 02 October 2020

With his unemployment checks, guidance from Syr (his case manager) and anticipated return to work Aug 31, he is making it through this extra-tough period. “She’s the difference here,” he said. "She gives everything of herself to try to help you."

Welcome Home Virtual Tour

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Published: 23 September 2020

Curious about Pathlight HOME? Join our first lunch and learn. We'll go through our mission, our impact, and how you can help your community.

Meet DeAngela

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Published: 04 September 2020

Realizing this was not how she wanted to live, yet being fearful there would not be affordable housing for her, she started to pray. “I’m a religious person…God showed me a sign. He led me in the direction to take that big step.”

Giving Tuesday Now — A Wonderful Success

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Published: 08 June 2020

Thanks to you, we’ve seen tears of joy and smiles of gratitude recently in our Maxwell Terrace and Maxwell Garden lobbies, along with the masks and social distancing practices.

Giving Tuesday Now

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Published: 04 May 2020

Today is #GivingTuesdayNow and we thought it was the perfect time to show you – through the eyes of our staff - how your generosity truly helps those who once lived on the streets.

Catalyst Kitchen Gifts Students with Financial Assistance

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Published: 22 April 2020

Catalyst Kitchens contacted us to gift several students and alumni with $500 each from the #GiveTogetherNow Campaign, to offset financial burdens related to the pandemic.

Meet Mark

Mark stands in front of his affordable housing for chronically homeless people in Orlando at Maxwell Terrace
Published: 11 April 2020

Mark looks at his transformation as a big puzzle, where all the pieces must be in place. “I’m not losing any of the pieces of that puzzle. As long as I keep doing the right thing, I get the right result. And it makes me feel good.”

Second Place Winner of Best Places to Work Multifamily for Women

Staff members at Pathlight HOME gather to celebrate winning second place in the Best Places to Work for Nonprofit Multifamily Affordable Housing
Published: 10 April 2020

The caring work that the women – and men – of Pathlight HOME do to help change the lives of our formerly homeless residents was recognized as #2 of 25 in the National Best Places to Work Multifamily® for Women!

Meet James

Formerly Homeless Pathlight HOME Client James Shares His Experience of Homelessness in Orlando
Published: 05 March 2020

"If it happened to me, it can happen to anyone,” says James as he recounts his story. “Just because I was homeless doesn’t mean I wasn’t a successful individual at some point.”

Meet Amey

Formerly Homeless Pathlight HOME Client Amey Discusses Homelessness in Orlando
Published: 19 February 2020

Born to drug-addicted parents and put to bed in a closet, Amey entered the foster care system at the age of five and was adopted at eight, only to be “returned” to foster care at 13.

Honoring Rev. Maxwell’s Legacy

Reverend Fred Maxwell co-founded Pathlight HOME in 1990 to serve the homeless in Orlando
Published: 28 January 2020

Rev. Maxwell passed away almost 15 years ago, and we still miss him – but we are proud that his legacy lives on at Pathlight HOME every day and that his impact continues long past his death.

Meet Deborah

Pathlight Kitchen Graduate Deborah at Lucky's Market Orlando
Published: 22 July 2019

What started as something to “teach me more about cooking,” turned into much more. “I was around people who really cared and I was given an opportunity to succeed in something I always wanted to do.”

Meet Brian

Salvation Army Sergeant-Major and former Pathlight HOME resident Brian S.
Published: 25 June 2019

“I needed something better,” he recalls, so in 2008 Brian moved to permanent housing at Pathlight HOME’s Maxwell Terrace Apartments. “It’s a good way of appreciating your own place…my own bed, a roll-top desk, a better way of life.”

Meet Charleen

Pathlight HOME resident and Sobik's Subs employee Charleen tells her story about homelessness and addiction in Florida
Published: 05 June 2019

“I was a damsel in distress,” she laments, yet knew, “God hasn’t failed me yet! [...] I truly consider myself blessed. I’m happier and more content (than ever.) If I was to fail…it will be because of me – not the rain or because I missed the bus.”

Meet Mary Ann

Formerly Homeless Pathlight HOME Resident Mary Ann Tells Her Homelessness Story
Published: 29 May 2019

“I like it here. I’ve met better friends!” In particular, Mary Ann appreciates the neighbor who is happy to help her when needed and is grateful for her Case Manager, Syr Rodriguez. “She got me a replacement Medicaid Card!”

Meet Mark

Formerly homeless resident Mark found a new sense of security in the Restore program at Pathlight HOME in Orlando
Published: 30 April 2019

“One thing that keeps me grounded here is that I’ve done nothing to be given this chance. I haven’t earned this. Other people have made it possible for me to live, not just survive,” he explains.

Meet Glen

Formerly Homeless in Orlando, Glen found a new sense of stability at Pathlight HOME
Published: 09 April 2019

“I started to depend on myself, instead of others. If I can be independent, others can. You have a case manager to help. They can give you that step, but you need to use that stone.”

Meet Rosa and Kim

Free Culinary Training Program Rosa and Kim Share Their Pathlight Kitchen Experience
Published: 03 April 2019

“Pathlight has been a total blessing. 360 degrees to make sure we succeed, so there’s no reason why we shouldn’t be successful,” states Rosa. They are excited at the concept of developing their “signature sauce”!

Meet Deborah

Fomerly homeless in Orlando, Deborah now lives at Pathlight HOME
Published: 20 March 2019

After almost four years in her homey first floor efficiency, she reflects, “Someone can come here and get on their feet. It made me feel good about myself. It’s here for the taking…if you want it.”

Meet Lawrence

Lawrence, a formerly homeless resident of Pathlight HOME, shares his story of addiction and recovery
Published: 26 February 2019

“My childhood was fun, my middle age was darkness and I’m back to enjoying life,” says Lawrence. A stroke, heart attack and diabetes survivor, he’s proud and grateful to be “clean from drugs for more than 10 years.”

Meet J’Herica

J'Herica was homeless in Orlando for many years, but found stable low-income housing at Pathlight HOME
Published: 20 February 2019

For J'Herica, the light at the end of the tunnel will come when she can reunify with her children. Now that she lives stably at Pathlight HOME and works part-time in guest services, she believes this is possible.

Meet Kenneth

Maxwell Terrace Resident Kenneth found stable low-income housing in Orlando to help him get back on his feet
Published: 06 February 2019

No matter his daily saga, Kenneth is positive. “I’m just working to right my wrongs. What you’ve been through doesn’t make you what you are now. If you want [to be] better, there’s work you can do to make you better.”

Meet Misty

Misty found affordable housing in Orlando at Pathlight HOME
Published: 28 January 2019

One’s life can go downhill in an instant, despite a college education, their creative talents, a new job...or all three. The true measure of a person is their fortitude, tenacity and willingness to do what they must to climb back.

Meet Luiz

Luiz enrolled in Pathlight Kitchen's free Culinary Training Program in search of new job opportunities
Published: 17 January 2019

"I wish more people would find this opportunity. What a great opportunity here; there’s great structure… In Brazil, this would be an expensive school. Learning to cook only improves your life!"

Meet Stephen

Stephen and his cat found affordable housing for formerly homeless people at Pathlight HOME
Published: 11 December 2018

Stephen learned at a young age the feelings of hurt, distrust and anger, all of which shaped his turbulent life. “I’ve been a survivor all my life,” he says. “If you don’t have survival skills, you’re not going to make it!”

Meet Craig

Craig experienced anxiety and bipolar disorder and homelessness in Orlando before moving in at Pathlight HOME
Published: 24 October 2018

“I’m really so grateful for this apartment. It’s SO much more than I could ever hope for,” he says. “It’s given me a base where I feel comfortable…and have a safe home to come home to!”

Meet Barbara

Barbara enrolled in the Pathlight Kitchen Culinary Training Program and became the manager of Sobik's Subs Cafe on Orange Blossom Trail Orlando
Published: 09 October 2018

When asked what she recommends to someone considering taking Pathlight Kitchen’s 12-week Culinary Training Program, she says to go for it! “If you are interested in a culinary career, it’s a great foundation. It opens many doors.”

Inside Pathlight Kitchen’s Culinary Training Program

Graduates of the free Culinary Training Program at Pathlight Kitchen celebrate the completion of their 12-week course in cooking and hospitality management
Published: 02 October 2018

Pathlight Kitchen students have worked hard in the classroom and our commercial kitchen to complete a comprehensive culinary skills course. Their studies culminated in the day’s graduation ceremony.

Meet Wilhelmina

Formerly chronically homeless resident Wilhelmina found security and affordable housing at Pathlight HOME
Published: 17 September 2018

Wilhelmina moved into Maxwell Garden Apartments in 2013 as part of the Safe Haven Program for chronically homeless, disabled adults. “It was a fresh start,” she says. “I have a personal room, privacy… You can’t beat that!”

Meet Tinker

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Published: 27 August 2018

“This is how I know God’s there every step of the way…,” Tinker says today. “To have the AC on and to go to bed at night…I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t be alive if I was living on the streets.”

Meet Allen

Maxwell Garden resident Allen found permanent supportive affordable housing at Pathlight HOME
Published: 14 August 2018

“I’m still getting used to it. I have a new bed, a rug; I’ve been buying stuff,” he says cheerfully. “I want it to look good! There’s a sense of pride. The opportunity is there, but you’ve got to want it.”

Meet John

John, a resident of the permanent supportive housing program at Pathlight HOME, in his affordable apartment
Published: 25 June 2018

“Be happy you have a place, because you never know when you won’t… You guys have done an amazing job by taking an old motel and making it nice and clean. You have made it…to where it can be called an apartment complex.”

Meet Jennifer

Jennifer, a resident of the Pathlight HOME affordable efficiency apartments, with the blanket she knitted for her son
Published: 18 May 2018

“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.”

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

Pathlight HOME Awarded $10K TD Charitable Foundation Grant for Homeless Housing Program
Published: 15 May 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.

New Coat of Color Dazzles!

Orlando volunteers help to paint Maxwell Garden, affordable low-income efficiency apartments for former chronically homeless men and women
Published: 01 May 2018

Spring is the perfect time to splash a new coat of color on your home! And that’s what nearly 100 volunteers, staff, and residents did for the formerly homeless men and women who now live in Maxwell Terrace Apartments.

A $750 Reality Check

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Published: 17 April 2018

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?

Social Enterprise – Sobik’s Subs with a Special Ingredient

Barbara and a Sobik's Subs Cafe employee help to create a sandwich for an Orlando customer
Published: 12 April 2018

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!

Fact Friday – Fair market value rent

Pathlight HOME Affordable Housing for Former Chronically Homeless and Disabled in Orlando
Published: 15 March 2018

There is currently NO STATE in the nation where a minimum wage job will pay the rent of an apartment at fair market value. Pathlight HOME exists to offer affordable housing for the vulnerable in our community.

Fact Friday – Homeless youth

Pathlight HOME Affordable Housing for Former Chronically Homeless and Disabled in Orlando
Published: 14 February 2018

Did you know that *18 percent* of the nation’s homeless youth are located in Florida?

Fact Friday – Affordable housing units

Pathlight HOME Affordable Housing for Former Chronically Homeless and Disabled in Orlando
Published: 14 February 2018

There is only ONE affordable rental unit available for every FIVE extremely low-income Florida households!

Fact Friday – Increase in homeless youth

Pathlight HOME Affordable Housing for Former Chronically Homeless and Disabled in Orlando
Published: 26 January 2018

Between 2006 and 2013, the number of homeless youth increased by 80% nationally; in the state of Florida, it spiked by 150%!

Fact Friday – Florida homeless population

Pathlight HOME Affordable Housing for Former Chronically Homeless and Disabled in Orlando
Published: 19 January 2018

Did you know that the homeless population of Florida is the THIRD LARGEST in the nation?

Bites Camera ACTION!

Bites Camera Action food delivery truck from Second Harvest Food Bank and the Universal Orlando Foundation
Published: 12 January 2018

THANK YOU to Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida & Universal Orlando Foundation for bringing fresh produce like broccoli, melons, & apples to Pathlight HOME this week!

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