HELP

We all go through tough times in our life. If you are facing a crisis, Inspire is here to help in any way we can. We also have listed several resources for specific challenges.

COUNSELING

Volunteer Counselors & Life Coaches

Inspire has a team of volunteers gifted, trained and ready to listen, guide and coach you through your difficult time.

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Professional Counselors

Inspire has partnered with Esperance, a Christian Counseling Center with a staff of licensed, professional counselors. If your questions or concerns are of a more weighty matter, feel free to contact an Esperance Counselor directly. Fees for counseling are based on a sliding scale, according to your income and needs.

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COMMUNITY RESOURCES

 

GENERAL ASSISTANCE:

Christian Service Center (CSC) – (407) 425-2523

ORLANDO LOCATION:
808 W. Central Blvd. Orlando, FL 32805
www.christianservicecenter.org

WEST ORANGE LOCATION:

WINTER PARK LOCATION:

CSC Programs:

(1) Family & Emergency Services: Compassion

–Immediate emergency assistance and relief to families and individuals who are faced with an unexpected financial crisis.
–Help families maintain their residence and prevent them from being forced into homelessness.
–At the onset of an emergency, direct immediate assistance given: financial assistance, food, clothing or other services that meet immediate pressing needs.
–Develops a sustainable action plan aimed at improving the long term situation of families.
FES operates out of all three Christian Service Center locations in Downtown Orlando, West Orange and Winter Park.(PROVIDE ADDRESSES OF ALL THREE UNDER CHRISTIAN SERVICE CENTER)

(2) Daily Bread: Comfort

–Anyone who is hungry can eat for free, no questions asked.  Daily Bread provides a nourishing noontime meal for families and individuals who are hungry six days every week at no cost to the consumer. (WHICH DAYS)
Daily Bread kitchens are located at the Christian Service Center’s Downtown Orlando and West Orange locations.

(3) Fresh Start: Counsel

–Short-term residential program designed for rebuilding and restoration in the lives of men who are seeking a new beginning.
–Enables men to move from a state of helplessness to a place of confidence, capability and hope, helping men back onto their feet for a second chance.
Fresh Start operates from the Christian Service Center’s Downtown Orlando campus.

(4) KidsFOCUS: Care

–Safe and healthy learning environment for children in economically challenged families who might not have an after-school alternative.
–After school care for children, includes tutoring, academic monitoring and family assistance
–Entire family is helped in its program curriculum to emphasize the importance of academic attendance and achievement and to help foster a stable home environment for at-risk children.
KidsFOCUS operates from the Christian Service Center’s West Orange campus.

Financial Assistance:

Catholic Charities of Central Florida–407-658-1818
Emergency financial assistance for rent and utility bills and more (see below).

Community Service Center— (407) 851-5920
Many types of emergency assistance and low income assistance to people facing a hardship.

Heart of Florida United Way — (407) 835-0900
–Short and long term rent assistance
–Utility bill assistance
–Security deposit assistance
–Debt and credit card counseling programs
While there are some conditions and income limits, the bottom line is that these government funds should help thousands of local families avoid an eviction, and be able to remain in their housing. Call to find out which local agency to go to apply for aid

Jewish Family Services Of Greater Orlando, Inc.
– 11184 South Apopka Vineland Road, Orlando, Florida 32836 — (407) 387-5371
– 2100 Lee Road, Winter Park, FL –(407) 644-2985
No matter your religion, this center may be able to help. Programs focus on Orange County Florida residents with a crisis that is also a documented emergency.
–Short-term mortgage assistance
–Rent assistance
–Utility bill assistance in Orlando and Orange County.

Miracle Of Love – (407) 843-1760; 741 West Colonial Drive, Orlando, Florida 32804
Support for people who are HIV positive or who have AIDs. Financial assistance available for qualifying low income people in need of rent/mortgage/utilities or housing assistance.

Orange County Community Action Division–(407) 836-8476
–Utility bill assistance (through Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program)
–For residents that are 60 years of age or older, apply for additional utility and electric bill assistance through the Elderly Home Energy Assistance Program (EHEAP)
–Limited financial aid may be offered for bills, medical care, or rent/housing needs

Orange County Government–(407) 836-6500; 2100 East Michigan Street, Health & Family Services Building, Orlando, Florida 32806
One time assistance for rent, electric bills, security deposits or homeless prevention. This is only for very low income qualified families with a crisis. Case management is provided too, such as referrals. If you need a place to live, then loan programs may be in place for rental and deposit costs.

OUC Project Care Case Manager – PHONE ; 1940 Traylor Boulevard, Orlando, Florida 32804
–Emergency Financial Assistance Program (UAP-PC)
–Utility and water bill assistance up to $500
–Help is provided as assistance up to one time in a one-year period

The Salvation Army of Orange County Florida–(407) 295-9311
–Rent help
–Utility bill assistance
–Gasoline vouchers and more (see below)

Health Care:

Lazarus Free Medical Clinic—(352) 748-4567
Medical care, health care services, specialty referral services, preventive health education, and promote wellness to low income and disadvantaged migrant workers and the working poor.

St. Thomas Aquinas Free Medical Clinic—(407) 593-1256
Free medical care for the uninsured and working poor.

St. Luke’s Free Medical & Dental Clinic—(352) 602-4640
For people with no health insurance or limited insurance. The clinic has local healthcare professionals, nurses, volunteers and doctors that bring dental and medical care to the area’s most vulnerable individuals.

Shepherds Hope— (407) 876-6699
Call to find area clinics which provide services to uninsured people who meet poverty guidelines.

Community After Hours Health Clinic–(407) 303-7298
Orlando based clinic offers basic primary health care services for uninsured in the area.

Grace Medical Home–(407) 936-2785
Medical / health care clinic

Emergency and crisis aid:

Catholic Charities of Central Florida–407-658-1818
–Emergency financial assistance for rent and utility bills
–Access to referrals, advocacy, food pantry distribution, and in some cases provide short-term case management and other aid.

Center for Multicultural Wellness Prevention and Heart & Soul Project–(407) 648-9440;  641 N. Rio Grande, Orlando, FL 32805
–Housing assistance for people with HIV/AIDS as part of HOPWA.
–Assistance with dental care
–Coordinate mammogram access for uninsured, low income and underinsured women
–Referrals to clinics and affordable medical centers

Charity And Love, Inc., part of the John H. Bridges Community Service Center— (407) 254-9449; Apopka, Florida
Emergency Home Energy Assistance for the Elderly program. This is a crisis program for households with a senior member. Money can be used for air conditioning, electric, and other utility expenses.

Community Service Center— (407) 851-5920
Many types of emergency assistance and low income assistance to people facing a hardship.

Orange County Community Action Division–(407) 836-8476
–Utility bill assistance (through Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program)
–For residents that are 60 years of age or older, apply for additional utility and electric bill assistance through the Elderly Home Energy Assistance Program (EHEAP)
–Crisis Center in Orange County for educational support and job placement
–Limited financial aid may be offered for bills, medical care, or rent/housing needs
–Other help for senior citizens and veterans in the Orlando area

Orange County Government–(407) 836-6500; 2100 East Michigan Street, Health & Family Services Building, Orlando, Florida 32806
One time assistance for rent, electric bills, security deposits or homeless prevention. This is only for very low income qualified families with a crisis. Case management is provided too, such as referrals. If you need a place to live, then loan programs may be in place for rental and deposit costs.

The Salvation Army of Orange County Florida–. (407) 295-9311
–Rent help, utility bill assistance, gasoline vouchers, free clothes
–Additional: access to shelters, Christmas and holiday meals and gifts, and programs for senior citizens.
They operate several locations around the county.

Food:

Agape Food Bank–407-658-1818
Get access to food and groceries if a family member has lost their job or if they are unable to work, when a family is awaiting food stamps or other assistance, or when financial demands on a family make food purchases difficult if not impossible.

Church of the Great Commission (321) 206-4946

Human Crises Center (407) 521-7750

Loaves and Fishes (407) 886-6005

Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida Inc.— 407-295-1066
This pantry distributes food to other centers, but you can call them to learn where to go for free food and groceries in your area.

Debt and mortgage help:

Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Central Florida and the Florida Gulf Coast, Inc.— 407-895-8886
–Non-profit foreclosure and debt assistance programs. Work one on one with a counselor to explore options that are available for mortgage default and delinquency counseling. They will explore all mortgage programs, including those offered by the state of Florida. The primary goal is to help get homeowners back on track if at all possible.
–Free credit and debt counseling. They can enroll a consumer in a Debt Management Plan, or explore ways to improve and repair their credit. They can also go over ways to get credit card help from card issuers.

CredAbility—(800) 741-7040
–Non profit organization that offers resources including Mortgage Delinquency and Default Resolution Counseling as well as Debt and Personal Finances/Budget Counseling. Debt Management Programs are also offered. In addition get help from debt collectors in Florida.

Florida Attorneys Saving Homes—(866) 607-2187
— Attorneys throughout the state provide free foreclosure advice and negotiations with your lender.

Free legal aid:

Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Association Inc.— 407-841-8310
Offers low income and other struggling individuals with access to free legal programs. One of the services they provide is free legal advice to help stop a foreclosure.

Job training and Ways to Find a Job:

The Orange County Community Action Division (407) 836-8476
Orlando and Orange County individuals can get access to employ-ability training, vocational training, mentoring, various community services, resume review advice, job search and placement assistance, and computer skills training.