Orlando, Florida

The mention of Orlando brings to mind Disney stories, smiling children, theme parks and summer vacation.

But the recent recession hit Orlando hard. The collapse of a hyper-inflated real estate market and a sharp downturn in tourism took their toll… with many residents of Central Florida losing tourism related jobs. The state took a stunning jump from the nation’s 2nd strongest state economy in 2005 to the nation’s 3rd weakest in 2010.*

With the rebound of the country’s economy since 2010, the unemployment rate in Orlando has crept down, but at least 350,000 Central Floridians remain mired in poverty.

According to the 2011-2013 American Community Survey by the U.S. Census Bureau:

  • 34.5% of children in Orlando under age 18 lived below poverty level
  • 24.6% of Orlando families had total annual incomes of less than $25,000

Family-to-Family’s partner in Orlando is the Jesus Loves You Outreach Ministry, led by President and Founder Pauline Jackson. Pauline opened her doors in 2002. A wife and mother of four, she says of her service to others, “I had a rough life. But God came into my life. He saved me. This is my way to give back.”

Pauline’s devotion helps hundreds of families in the greater Orlando area. The ministry opens its doors on Wednesdays to offer food, household items, baby supplies and clothing, currently serving anywhere from 70 to 110 families a week.

With help from Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, Jesus Loves You Outreach Ministry also offers a children’s summer food program. And on Thursday afternoons kids receive backpacks full of non-perishable foods to take home… so they’ll have something to eat over the weekend.

In Orlando, Family-to-Family partners with Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida to provide groceries for our sponsored families.

Community Partner: 
Pauline Jackson
Jesus Loves You Outreach Ministries
6111 Lost Tree Ct.
Orlando, Florida 32808

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For Central Florida, poverty reaches new heights

Sources:
*Portfolio.com/Bizjournals 2010 midyear review of state employment trends
** 2007 American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau

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