Media Advisory

State of Florida
Department of Children and Families
Rick Scott

David E. Wilkins

January 4, 2012
MEDIA CONTACT: Carrie Hoeppner 407-264-1379

Florida Department of Children and Families Hosts Community Call to Action
~ Encourages Donation of Time, Talent and Resources during Difficult Economy in an Effort to
Reduce Homelessness for Children - One Family at a Time

Who: The Florida Department of Children and Families with support from: The Florida Department of Education, Central Florida Commission on Homelessness, Heart of Florida United Way, First Baptist Church of Orlando, Sonny’s BBQ, Bridges to Circles, Team Gamez, Doorstep Delivery, Homeless Services Network of Central Florida, Orange, Osceola and Seminole county school boards, Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida and media partner WKMG.

What: This Call to Action includes special guests such as DCF Secretary David Wilkins and presentations from each of the essential communities within Central Florida who are improving the lives of homeless children and their families everyday: the Department of Education, faith-based, non-profit, corporate, small businesses as well as generous private citizens. Representation from these organizations will offer the latest numbers, challenges, efforts, as well as a means to be a part of the solution.

The goal of this event is to ensure that those interested in supporting the efforts of organizations, through their time, talent and resources, know how they can make a difference. While numbers and statistics may easily overwhelm, by focusing on one family at a time, the Central Florida Community can preclude homelessness for children and lead the nation in solutions. The Department of Children and Families will also announce new efforts within the organization to support homeless children and families.

When: Friday Jan. 6, 9-12 p.m.

Where: First Baptist Church of Orlando, 3000 S John Young, Pkwy, Orlando, FL

Why: Recently, a national broadcast placed Central Florida at the forefront of a growing epidemic regarding homeless children and families. While the piece featured Central Florida, the subject of homelessness and children is nationwide. The response from the community to help was overwhelming. The Department was encouraged by the donation of time, talent and resources in an economy where not all may offer monetary contributions.

Through our media partner, WKMG, the Call to Action will feature the story of one local family who went from home to homeless and the challenges they encounter trying to get back on their feet.