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Guardian Care Honors Resident Veterans 

And Staff During
Veteran’s Week

 1PIC     ORLANDO – Guardian Care Nursing Home recently honored its resident veterans and staff veterans at their Veteran’s Appreciation program held during Veteran’s Week. Guardian Care board member, Dr. Alzo Reddick, was instrumental in making sure the veterans were appreciated and celebrated for their unselfish commitment to our country. The veterans were treated to a nice fried fish dinner with all the trimmings and a program honoring their service to our country. Each veteran was given the opportunity to speak on their experiences while serving and the stories told were both inspirational and educational. 
     The atmosphere was alive with the energy from the veterans reliving their “glory days” in the military. The pride each veteran expressed was clearly visible. To wrap up the week Guardian Care transported some resident and staff veterans to attend Mt. Pleasant M.B. Church’s Veteran’s Day program on Sunday and a grand time was had by all. The key speaker for the program was 1st Lt. Chaplain Candidate, Rev. Deon Alex Johnson. Remember to honor our veteran’s everyday and not just one day in November.

FIT Magical Connections Event A Success


     WINTER SPRINGS - More than 357 families, undeterred by gray skies and drizzle, turned out for Seminole County Public School's (SCPS) Families in Transition's (FIT) “Day of Magical Connections” at Winter Springs High School this past Saturday (11/16) morning. Child-care volunteers kept the kids busy with games and activities while parents negotiated the more than 57 local social service organizations and non-profits that helped people with everything from food stamp applications to job-search assistance and social service needs to educational opportunities. Volunteer stylists offered haircuts for kids and adults. Doctors at a mobile medical lab did check-ups on children and nursing students gave free flu shots. Lunches were provided by Sonny's Real-Pit BB-Q.

     "This is the 8th year of Magical Connections", said FIT Coordinator Beth Davalos, "I was excited to see such a wonderful turnout of community support with more than 300 volunteers", Davalos said." However, we are saddened to see that over 800 homeless children were at the event, whose parents were seeking to fulfill their basic needs". The Seminole County Public School's FIT's identification of homeless children are up 10 percent higher than 1 year ago.
     Families in Transition (FIT) is a program of the Foundation of Seminole County Public Schools. It was established in 2003 under the McKinney Vento Act to protect the educational rights of homeless children. In addition to ensuring that students are immediately enrolled in school and that barriers are removed, the Families in Transition program uses donated funds to address educational and emergency last resort basic needs. These may include food, clothing, housing, hygiene supplies, school supplies and access to educational opportunities so they can be educationally successful despite their housing crisis.  www.seminolehomelesskids.org

For Humanity Of Greater Orlando Area

Prepares To Open Third ReStore Location

     ORLANDO – Habitat for Humanity of Greater Orlando Area ReStore is currently gearing up to open its third Central Florida retail facility in South Orlando. Beginning November 22, the ReStore will accept gently used household goods and building materials on Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Donations can also be scheduled for pick-up at no charge. The new store, located at 1649 Florida Mall Blvd. in Orlando, is slated to open in January 2014.
     In addition to the aforementioned items, the ReStore also accepts home décor, appliances, furniture and hardware. Proceeds from store sales fund Habitat’s mission of providing affordable housing for low-income families.
     “Over the last decade, we’ve seen our customer and donor base grow exponentially,” said Tom May, director of retail operations for all three Habitat of Greater Orlando Restores. “When people donate unwanted items, they prefer to give their belongings to nonprofits that make a difference. This new location will provide residents in south Orlando with that opportunity.”
     The new ReStore will also have a different look from the other locations in Central Florida. Thanks to Winter Park-based HGR Construction, which is donating its time to build-out the 24,000 square-foot facility, the interior will resemble townhomes from the nonprofit’s first multi-family community Stag Horn Villas.
     “We’re pleased to offer our services to Habitat of Greater Orlando,” said Carson Brownell, senior vice president and partner of HGR Construction. “We’ve been part of the Central Florida community for many years, and we’re honored to support a project that strives to provide homes for our local families.”

Donations can be made directly to the ReStore. For more information, visit http://www.orlandorestore.org/ or call the donor hotline at (407) 426-7859.





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