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CHARITY CORNER n SHAKERS & MOVERS Clarita’s House Outreach Ministry H omelessness is an incredibly complex issue that impacts both those experiencing homeless- ness and the entire community. Every year over 3 million people expe- rience homelessness, including 1.3 mil- lion children. The face of homelessness is diverse and includes mothers, fathers, sons, daughters of every racial and eth- nic minority persuasion. One-third of the homeless population is made up of fam- ilies, 25%-40% work, 37% are families with children and 25% are children. Any disruption for low-income families—un- expected illness and medical expenses, unemployment, divorce, or loss of trans- portation—can create a financial crisis that results in loss of housing. According to the Economic Impact Report released by the Central Florida Commission on Homeless- ness, the average cost per day for a chron- ically homeless individual living on the streets is $84.93 per day, which equates to over $30,000 per year. The cost of an individual staying at a transitional housing facility is $22.28 per day, which is approxi- mately $8,000 per year. Clarita’s House Outreach Ministry (CHOM) is a non-profit program for the homeless and disadvantaged. The outreach serves the homeless on the streets, in shelters, in the woods and in motels in Orange and Osce- ola Counties. Annually, CHOM feeds 2,316 families, 2,564 children, and 1,212 people in shelters, depending solely on donations. In Osceola County, we are putting most of our emphasis on the children living in ho- tels, on the streets and in the woods. There are over 3,000 registered homeless children just in Osceola county alone. Most of these children live in aged  rent-by-the-week or by the month motel complexes along U.S. Highway 192, minutes away from Disney World. Most are doubled up with friends and relatives and some are living in cars and travel trailers. We  provide groceries, cloth- ing, personal care items, school supplies, toys, spiritual support, mentoring and other resources to these families with children. Our mission is to help the homeless and the disadvantaged achieve self-sufficiency and inspire them to reconnect with society in a productive way. For more than a decade, we have been able to continue this mis- sion. Our vision is to provide food, clothing and other resources needed to become independent and productive members of our community. Through some of our pro- grams, we have helped thousands of fami- lies and individuals with food and personal care products, assisted with utilities, and helped homeless receive funds for tempo- rary shelter during winter months. Children received free lunches during our free sum- mer lunch program and hundreds of chil- dren who live in hotels along highway 192 received toys and clothes for Christmas. These are just a few of the projects that we can accomplish thanks to the impact of our caring community and business partners. We depend solely on assistance from indi- viduals, churches, businesses and founda- tions to operate our programs. "I am my brother's keeper." We invite you to become a supporter of our program. Your generous donations will ensure that the needs of our most vulnerable citizens are met. Donate to guarantee that every American has a place to call home.  FOR MORE INFORMATION ON HOW TO DONATE VIST OUR WEBSITE: www.ClaritasHouse.com VOL 5, Issue 2 n IBASuccessMagazine.com 29