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Clarita's House Outreach Ministry, Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Protestant, Religion

Mission: Our Mission is to assist homeless and underprivileged individuals and families in achieving self-sufficiency and inspire them to reconnect with society productively.

Target demographics: homeless and disadvantaged individuals & families. We are a Christ centered non-profit based on biblical principles.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 9412 families, 16,286 adults, 14,232 children and 31791 individuals. Whom are homeless living on streets and camps to low income individuals and families in difficult situations living in motels, cars, shelters, or multiple family situations due to their financial situation.

Geographic areas served: Osceola & Orange County

Programs: "Feed the Need" which has been successful running for over 9 years, it has shown to be an improvement in the community in efforts to alleviate hunger. Currently the Feed the Need program provides grocery items in a specific weekly location & large monthly drop with experienced volunteers that set up items in a strategic format so the volunteers can box up a variety of balanced food items that include dairy, meat, vegetables, and fruits. The large food drops since Covid continues as a drive by pick up by local struggling individuals and families living on streets, cars, motels, and local community having issues making ends meet. Other essential necessity items are provided at these locations. Life's Essentials Assistance Program (LEAP) - Sometimes, people need just a little extra help. They need the money for get necessary medication, motel assistance, utility bills, buy a bus pass, gas for their car, or need assistance to move from motel to apartment.

Community Stories

35 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been part of Clarita's House Outreach Ministry Inc. for over 10 years starting out as a volunteer then a Board Member. Its amazing to see a small non-profit help so many people in the community and have volunteers that are committed with a servants heart that work so hard to help alleviate hunger.I love being a part of this organization!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Michele helped me when I had NO time to spare w/a 3 day notice to leave my home that day. She spoke w/my landlord & neg. a payment & agreement that was acceptable to him. Without her help I'd be homeless. Clarita's House also has food drives, w/medical assist. there are clothes, personal items, housewares etc too at all of the drives. I really have to inc. that Michele & I texted the next day for sometime starting to make sure everything went well & checking on me. She took time out of her Sat. to make sure I was ok & talked to me about various things! I can't appreciate enough in my words & feelings of gratitude to her! Thank you Michele & all that work there! You're all amazing! But really, a very special thank you to Michele. Like I said, you're
my angel! God Bless you all for your help!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This non-profit has help many families in need. The leaders and the volunteers will go above and beyond to provide resources to those who need it. I love everything that this ministry is doing and helping their community.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been acquainted with Clarita's House for over 10 years. I have been a volunteer, served on the Board of Directors, and now continue to support the fundraising efforts of the organization. They have never wavered from their mission to help the homeless reach self-sufficiency. They continue to develop their mission and build on the tremendous momentum of the past years to accommodate their clients in an ever-changing pandemic world.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Clarita's House Outreach Ministry Inc. has truly transformed my life. I discovered this organization years ago. I knew I was called to street ministry. CHOM gave me the opportunity to be a part of this move of God, ministering to those in need. I have participated in many of the outreaches to the community by passing out food, clothes, and hygiene items. I was blessed to attend their galas. CHOM has blessed the community in so many ways!! I really enjoy being a volunteer for this organization.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Clarita’s House has been helping many many people all over Fl . For over decade.May God continue to bless and prosper this Charity.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Clarita's Outreach Ministry is great! My family and I recently moved to Florida and was introduced to the ministry by a family member. Everyone is so caring and helpful to my family and I , we are so grateful. My future husband and I volunteered with the outreach and plan to continue volunteering as we believe that they are a blessing to the community.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I have been volunteering for Clarita’s House for over 10 years now. We love Clarita’s House because they do so much to help those who are homeless and underserved. They reach out to and do more for people than I’ve seen any other Charity organizations do. They go out of there way to help others. They have put families in hotels for days, helped families get in apartments, and helped them to furnish their apartments if needed. They make sure that many people that live in the woods are fed and given tents. There is no end to the service they render if they have the funds to do it.

Board Member

Rating: 5

There are approximately 12,000 non-profit organizations in Florida. They cover a gambit of issues. Many non-profits, like for-profit organizations, have a mission but do not always adhere to the mission. And many are so administrative top-heavy that the donations go as much to operations ad it does to the cause at hand.
Clarita's House Outreach Ministry defies all of these issues. From the Executive Directors to each and every board member, volunteer, and community supporter, we are all in this to help the community. Every $$ that is collected as fundraisers for CHOM goes directly into the programs. One of the reasons I sit on the board is that I can see the direct impact of the money raised. I know that every donation is helping the disadvantaged. For example, when I retired and moved to the DC area, we donated most of the furniture in the house to CHOM. It was amazing to see that the furniture was actually used to help homeless people set up a new place to stay. That feeling cannot be replaced, and no amount of money can outlast that feeling. So I will always be a part of CHOM.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Clarita's House Outreach Ministry is great place to volunteer and make a lasting difference. I have had the opportunity to work with the organization on many different occasions and have seen first hand the impact of how their giving, sharing, and praying for others are changing lives. They impact communities one life at a time. It is founded by husband and wife team, humble, willing and focused on touching lives by giving and helping. If you are seeking an organization to volunteer at I would highly recommend CHOM you will not be disappointed. The organization has a variety of opportunities - CHOM is all about helping people in need and being your brothers keepers...
I wish this organization continued success and may the God bless them in all that they put their hands to do.
Blessings. Sharon N

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Clarita's House Outreach Ministry is a very hands-on and caring charity. In our city there is not much help for the homeless but this charity is an exception!! When I was homeless, this charity was there to help me with food and clothes for my family and I.
Now, I help serve other families through this great charity!!

Wanda K.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have served on the board of directors for this nonprofit for several years. They are the real deal. Where the rubber meets the road. An all volunteer organization. Every penny given goes to the needs of their clients.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have served on the Board of Directors for Clarita's House Outreach Ministry, Inc. for several years. It continues to amaze me the impact that this small powerhouse non-profit can do so much with so little. The outreach feeding programs, the backpack program, the holiday events for the homeless are incredible with this all volunteer organization. Every penny raised goes to the intended program. No big salaries, no big overhead, just people helping people.

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Donor

Rating: 5

May God continue to poor out his blessings upon this great ministry and upon it's founder, Doreen Edward's Barker and all the beautiful willing workers and supporters that God has blessed her with.. Clarita's House Outreach Ministry has truelly been a bridge over troubled waters, feeding ,clothing and careing for the poor and lestfortunet in its community of Florida and across the country and even around the world..
I have had the great privilage to witness some of these beautiful, dedicated, sincere and humbley servants served their community....It's just such a awesome thing to get out of our comfort zone and reach out to serve those in need.Just seeing the smiles of gratitude on the faces of those needy children, brothers and sisters alike ,was so rewarding ..
May you never be weary in well doing but be prosperious in all your works, and that this great ministry wich was found upon love ,will always continue to shine..
Thanks again to the founder and president of Clarita's House Outreach Ministry, a faithful servant and chosen vessel of God, Doreen Edwards Barker, whose motto is always to be her brothers and sisters keeper, your work of love will never go unnoticed..blessed love...

Board Member

Rating: 5

This is one of the best decision I've ever made to be a part God's kingdom revealed. This charity helps the needy daily.

Donor

Rating: 5

It's been a pleasure to support Clarita's House Outreach ministry, this great not for profit organization is touching lives all over the state and I truly appreciate how the president is running things,no child and no family left behind, God bless Clarita ' s House.

2 Joshua O.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

One of the best organizations in Florida. I am very proud to be a part of Clarita's House and I will do whatever it takes to help get the word out. They have given me the opportunity to reach out and make a difference.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I believe in the services provide by this outreach, when I was originally approached about be a donor, me my husband thought this would be great way to give back and have been doing just that since the start up of this outreach. God Bless Clarita's House Outreach Min.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I came on board with this outreach over a year ago, and I've been here beside them every since. They do so much for so many people with very limited resources. I feel proud to be involved with individual with so much love and passion for other. Thanks Clarita's House for sharing some of that love with me.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I went to a job fair and amongst all the booths was Clarita's House.
I viewed a story board that showed what the organization is about with pictures of volunteers praying with people. Volunteers serving food, clothing and distributing toiletries to men, women and children. So, I signed up to be a volunteer. It isn't a paying job. But I am rewarded by helping others. Our community is asking for "911" assistance! And with government cutbacks there is even more help needed. Clarita's House has blessed me with perishable and non perishable food items also.
It's great to be a part of an organization that is helping the community!

1 Yanidsi B.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

This is a Organization that indeed deserves and need all type of support: Prayers, monetary support, people to come and volunteer. The leadership of this non profit and volunteers which are the core of all the work that is done on daily basis are very passionate, committed. They truly administer true justice; show mercy and compassion through their service and community outreach. Zechariah 7:9

I have been in many Organizations, ministries and I can tell that this people all they do is to serve, give and help. I look forward to become an active volunteer very soon. But meanwhile I encourage you, this is a way of leaving, is not fashion, is the real work of God in our community.

God bless you all-

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 3

Very helpful the community who is in need. They continue to feed the customers in need.

1 Carl N.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Claritas House Inc. has been a great blessing to the homeless in the community. They have feed and clothed so many Men Women and Children. The work that they do is truly and Godsend I thank God for Claritas House Inc. an Doreen and Aldwin continue to do a great Job helping Others

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I honestly love Clarita's House Inc because they reach out to everyone is every way possible. I am a volunteer and they even help me when I'm in need. I know they can do anything they put their mind to. I would say this is honestly a genuine Christian ministry!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

For the past 7 years I have volunteered time and money to Clarita's House. I have seen how grateful people are when you serve them a hot meal and I see the donations used wisely. I believe Clarita's House changes the lives of the people it helps but it has changed my life as a volunteer as well. It makes me very thankful for what I have in my life.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Clarita's House is a ministry that has the heart of a servant. I have seen the results of the work that is done through the volunteers who touch the lives of men, women, and children who would otherwise have no hope. The founders and the men and women who volunteer are to be commended for their unselfish and sacrificial attitude of giving and serving. Clarita's House is a GREAT Nonprofit that deserves to be recognized!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a part of Clarita's House Outreach Ministry, Inc. for the past 6 years. I can truly say that it has change my life. I am so grateful for what I have everyday! When we see the needs of children and families, between 3 to 8 people all living in a hotel room, children telling you how grateful they are for a morsel of food, entire community living in the woods. Clarita's House is making a difference one child, one family at a time.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Clarita's House truly makes a difference in the lives of others. We can truly say that they have worked very hard in seeing the vision come to light for so many that are in need. We support the work that they do and will continue to support in any way that we can.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I get appeals all the time for donations and I am cautious where I make donations. I can tell you Clarita"s House uses every dollar to help those in need. They are a tremendous blessing to people in the community. Without their help many families would be hungry, and without clothes, and shelter. They have a heart for those in need. I am honored to be a donor.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

Clarita's House Ministry shows to be very dedicated, consistent and commited to the needs of the less fortunate and those in transition. There is truly a love for others

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Not knowing the serious problem of homelessness and lack of food, I became intrigued and became a volunteer after hearing about the work that Claritas House does. We gave out food week after week at the Men's coalition downtown. I was fortunate to include clothing on some occasions as well. The looks on their faces and their gratitude always was worth coming back. They were also involved in furnishing a home where homeless people could now live. On a personal level Claritas House has allowed their relationship with Second Harvest to help feed the members of our church and community on many occasions. They even reached out to my daughter's team mate who lost their house in a fire. Between feeding the homeless downtown, serving them at a posh restaurant on Thanksgiving to make them feel special or being their for the community when food or clothing is needed, Claritas House is there. I am proud to be a part of such a great organization and can not wait to see how many more people they will touch in a positive way.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

Clarita's House is an organization that is making a BIG difference in the lives of many families in Orange and Osceola counties. My wife and I have been to many of their events and see first-hand the people that are benefiting from this worthwhile organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Claritas house is one organization that is truly committed to helping
And changing the lives of people in the communities around central Florida.
This organization was a dream of Doreen And Aldwyn Barker. They have
Led this organization effortlessly because of there commitment to God and
Man without any agenda than to be thy brothers keeper. The outstanding
Service that this organization provide weekly by feeding over 100 people
Weekly and providing spiritual upliftment is a true testament of Claritas
House goals and objective. Sky is the limit for this organisation