Orlando’s Coalition for the Homeless Asks for Help After Shelter Fire

Coalition for the Homeless

A Coalition for the Homeless shelter was damaged by fire and the resulting efforts to put out the fire on Wednesday, Feb. 7th, and they are in need of donations.

No injuries were reported, but the fire displaced 237 men that were staying there, along with damaging the kitchen used to cook the meals for the nearby shelter for women and families, affecting another 200-plus residents.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but it was not a result of arson, said the Homeless Services Network.

The Orlando Union Rescue Mission, the Salvation Army and All Saints Church have volunteered to house those affected by the fire.

“We are incredibly fortunate that no one was injured,” Allison Krall, the coalition’s president and CEO said in a statement. “And we know that when a crisis happens, our Central Florida community comes together. Everyone is stepping up to help, but there is still a big need.”

The Homeless Services Network says the organization needs pillows, blankets, jackets, socks and other warm clothing for the men. They also need nonperishable food and bag lunches of sandwiches, chips, fruit, and drinks to feed both the men, and the women and families at the other shelter.

Anyone wanting to bring supplies or food can bring it to the gate of the Coalition’s facility at 18 N. Terry Ave. in Orlando between the hours of 10am to 4pm.

Or anyone wishing to assist with a financial donation can do so at the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida website.


About Michelle Snow

Michelle is the owner and editor of CitySurfing Orlando. She also owns Zengrrl.com, is a freelance writer specializing in travel and entertainment, has authored/co-authored four guidebooks on Orlando and Florida, and is head editor/writer at TheDisneyBlog.com. She's lived in Orlando near Walt Disney World since 1995, and still finds there's so much fun to be had in Central Florida.

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