Dear Friends of Pathways Drop-In Center,
Did you know that there are over 10,000 homeless people in Central Florida, and that 30-40% of them are persons living with a mental illness? Mental disorders prevent people from carrying out essential aspects of daily life, such as self-care, household management and the ability to gain employment. Furthermore people with mental illness often lack family and community support.
Pathways Drop-In Center is working to change this!
Edwin Hernandez spent a five years living in a tent in the woods, battling clinical depression. Then he found a place where he could eat, wash his clothes, take a shower and connect with the people who became family. Pathways also helped him get on medication, move into an apartment, earn his GED and attend college for interior design. Edwin continues to rent one of the Pathway apartment units and repays his gratitude to the organization by working for them for free. Pathways has helped hundreds of people like Edwin get their lives turned around.
Pathways Drop-In Center is a mental health peer run community center for people suffering from major mental illnesses and is the only facility of its kind in Orange County. Everyone on staff is a “consumer” – a person with a diagnosed mental illness and most of them work for free. Pathways offers the basic life necessities that most people take for granted, food, clothing, a place to shower and wash clothes, a phone and computer and most importantly companionship. In addition we have 7 small apartments that we provide for a nominal fee to those who would otherwise be homeless. We are a safe haven for a very vulnerable population, the mentally ill.
The Drop-In Center’s humble beginnings started with a $45,000 grant in 1993, and since then all of our funding has come from government and business grants as well as donations from community members. In 2012 we offered services to more members than ever before and served between 1600 and 2000 hot meals a month. With the cuts in government funding and the increase in need we are relying more on individuals like you to help us continue the much-needed services we offer. Our goal for 2013 is to be able to offer more meals, return the option of second helpings (which we were forced to discontinue halfway through 2012), and do the necessary repairs on our buildings.
Your financial support will enable us to continue our mission to serve the much under served population of mentally ill individuals in Central Florida.
– $1,000 will provide food for Pathways members for one week
– $500 will furnish one apartment unit
– $250 will return second servings for one week
– $100 will defray the costs of toiletries, hygiene products and detergent we supply to members
– $50 will provide a tent to one of our homeless members
As the season of giving approaches, we hope that you will join us in reaching our fundraising goals. A secure tax-deductible donation can be made online at www.pathwaysdropin.org or a check payable to Pathways Drop-In Center can be mailed to:
Pathways Drop-In Center
P.O. Box 560942
Orlando, FL 32856-0942
J. Nelson Kull III
Founder and CEO
One Fat Frog Restaurant Equipment is also accepting donation for Pathways at both of our locations. You can drop off clothes, blankets, towels, toiletries, detergent, hygienic products, soap, etc. – no donation is too small.
One Fat Frog Orlando
11473 S. Orange Blossom Trail
Orlando, FL One Fat Frog Sanford
1137 W. Airport Blvd.
NEW LOCATION! ONE FAT FROG NOW AT:
2416 Sand Lake Road • Orlando, FL • 407-480-3409
You can donate any time of year, not just during the holidays. Thanks.