I had never in my life been up close and personal with homeless people, and was reluctant to donate my time with Straight Street Orlando, because I was "too busy" and "too tired" and "too whatever" until one Tuesday in July I didn't have any more excuses, and my husband and I showed up. WOW. We were so moved, and impressed with the organization, structure, and efficiency of the whole process. I have tried to encourage others to join my husband and me, and have been pleased that my children, my parents, and my coworkers have joined in to volunteer with me. If we truly want to make a difference in the lives of the homeless we must feed their bellies and their souls. This is what PJ and Straight Street Orlando tries to do every week.
Helping feed the homeless and see how they appreciate us being there had been more of a blessing to me then those I am down there to help. Me and my Bible study cover the meal the 4th Tuesday of the month. This organization has taken several homeless man and given them a job. You need to check Straight Street Orlando out.
I have had the opportunity to help this amazing organization by cooking, serving and donating. SSO is doing so much to bring awareness to those who would no sooner be forgotten in the city of Orlando. Every Tuesday, Straight Street Orlando no only shares food with our homeless friends, they share a message. That message is spoken in a way that can give them something to relate to and maybe inspire them to seek out and cry out to God. SSO is amazing in the fact that it is helping to get people involved. To show others that the homeless are not bad people. They are just people that have been put in less than ideal situations. With the goals and plans of SSO, there is hope to help get them back on their feet through the knowing of our Lord and a constant compassion from the team of people who make the organization go. PJ Charles is an amazing man of God and has an outstanding vision for what he wants Straight Street Orlando to be. If the City would band together to help instead of condemn and label the homeless population, it could help lower or even end homelessness in Orlando.
I have had the opportunity to cook, serve, and donate to this wonderful ministry from it's inception which has changed how I think, feel,and act about others who are less fortunate than me. God has also blessed me with the opportunity to serve with my family; my husband, son, and ex-husband who have remained faithful to the ministry by being available to serve every week. It is a life changing experience.
This is my weekly REALITY CHECK ! Reminds me that what we have is not ours, but Gods and that it is our job to share Gods word with those who may not otherwise receive it. Feeding is always secondary to Gods word every Tuesday night... But the joy and gratitude you see on the faces we serve... Is what keeps me coming back. I feel blessed to have this opportunity of share and serve in this capacity. THANK STRAIGHT STREET ORLANDO!
SSO has changed so many lives of volunteers snd of those being served. The love is real so our homeless brothers and sisters know that they are more than a face they are family!! Serving hope by all means and loving it!!
Amazing people and always a good time getting to love on all our friends out there! It's changed my life!
When going out to join Straight Street Orlando in serving, everyone is welcomed like family. This team is has positive high energy and is making a wonderful impact on our community. They are all very loved!
This group is absolutely amazing. And trust me I am not blowing smoke here. This organization steps out and helps those on the street and changes the lives of its volunteers. Straight Street Orlando is a God given gift to the city of Orlando and I am so grateful to be able to be a part of it. So many people are willing to give the shirts off their backs, or anything that they can just to help our friends who are living on the street. And its not just every once in a while, its every week. There is so much love for everyone involved that to be part of this organization is to be part of a real family - Gods family. Theres no better place to be. :)
Someone once asked me why I got out and volunteer with Straight Street Orlando on a weekly basis, and I stopped and said the first thing that came to mind, which was that there was nothing better that I could be doing on a Tuesday night. And I still stand by that. I have been serving food and volunteering at events for the homeless in downtown Orlando since before Straight Street even existed. And I will stand by Straight Street, because of the amazing organization it is, til the day, heaven forbid, it or I no longer exist. We go out and help these people, not the drunk bad people that most people assume that the homeless are, but the good people who just need help, the people who are just like you and me that may not have been as lucky or had as many breaks as you or I have. We help them in every way we possibly can. We watch these people grow and become stronger and we happily watch them leave cause we know that they have successfully found a way off the street. We give them food, we give them clothes, we wash the clothes they already have, but most of all we give them love, hope, and faith that they can make it through the rough times and that things will get better. And truthfully compared to volunteering with a group that is capable of all that, I am not sure anyone could be doing anything any better on a Tuesday night.