News13: Homeless Story
Homeless families seek shelter from cold
Orlando - Hundreds of working homeless families across Central Florida are looking for a place to weather Tuesday night’s freezing temperatures.
Inside downtown Orlando's Salvation Army facility, organizers said they’re expecting to take in more people than they really have room for.
Officials said entire families, women and their children will fill up the bunk beds.
Yolanda Valentin said she and her two children had very little options as to where they would spend the night forecast to be coldest night so far this winter season.
“It was either this or just walk the streets all night with my kids and I don’t prefer that,” said Valentin.
Valentin and her children are staying at the Rescue Outreach Mission in Sanford. They got in right before the first big drop in temperatures Monday night.
“I was lucky I got here right in time before I got stuck in the cold, so thank God for that.”
A mother, struggling to put food on the table, she couldn't afford to find a warm place to stay.
Now shocked at the unexpected change in the weather, she's more than thankful her children will be safe and most importantly, warm.
“We'd be freezing, pneumonia, in the hospital probably, I thank God this place is here because if it wasn't for this place I'd be in the streets right now,” said Valentin
The Salvation Army is planning on more than 100 families there, and are already making accommodations for at least a few dozen more.
News and Updates
The Sanford Herald: Rescue Outreach Mission updates facilities, services
The most recent additions include a playground and learning center, as well as renovating the children’s playroom, all of which are inside the Open Door Shelter for Women and Children.
The Sanford Herald: Wicklow 11-year-old collects toothbrushes for homeless kids
John Loso spent his summer a little differently than most children his age. After a successful toothbrush charity drive at his elementary school in May, the 11-year-old decided to continue his efforts during the summertime.
The Sanford Herald: 7-year-old girl produces cookbook to benefit Rescue Outreach Mission
Another child has come forward with a mission to help Sanford with its homeless after viewing the episode of “60 Minutes” documenting the homeless of Orlando.
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