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Thank You, Universal Orlando Foundation

Together, we can create an impact that will build a more resilient community and change lives for generations.

Universal Orlando Foundation sees the importance of our mission to end homelessness. The Sharing Center is the recipient of $40,000 in grant funding to support our families experiencing housing instability and participating in our Families in Crisis program. 

Our Families in Crisis Program works to reduce homelessness and provides the tools and support necessary for financially insecure families to achieve and retain stability. Financial assistance with limited restrictions and individualized goal plans allow families on the verge of homelessness to tackle their specific barriers without judgment.

According to a recent survey by the American Federal Reserve, 40% of Americans have less than $400 in their savings account, meaning one emergency or unexpected expense has the potential to devastate a family. The Heart of Florida United Way estimates that over 43,000 households in Seminole County are on the verge of homelessness or financial catastrophe. In FY2020, over 18,000 of our community’s most vulnerable individuals visited The Sharing Center for relief. Each person received services helping to prevent hunger and homelessness.

Funding from the Universal Studios Foundation is critical in helping our Families in Crisis program, as a gateway for low-income families to receive other comprehensive services on our campus including mental health counseling, healthcare, tax preparation services, employment assistance, fresh clothing, and other essential services. As a result, Seminole County is a stronger, healthier, and more productive community.

Suzanne, Case Manager for Families in Crisis at The Sharing Center states “Life is so unpredictable and unforeseen events do happen. We are here to give you that push, that hope you need to get you back on your feet. Thank you, Universal Foundation for closing the gap and being a stepping stone for our neighbors in need to reach stability.”