Missions & Benevolences

Bread of Life Fellowship, is a non-denominational Christian faith-based organization and is one of the missions OPC supports. It was founded in 1991 by Mark Anthony and is located in Ocoee. 

It provides food and spiritual counseling to over 1200 families a month in six counties in Central Florida.  It also provides food and non-food items to over 90 organizations at no charge.  Apart from grants, Bread of Life does not receive any state or federal funds.  It is totally a faith-based organization whose main purpose is to share the love and knowledge of God through the distribution of food.  Due to increasing demands for feeding the needy.  Bread of Life has outgrown its current 4,000 square foot warehouse and is looking to the community to help secure an additional building which will allow it to load and unload more than one vehicle at a time. The additional space would give the staff and volunteers more space for sorting and packing, and allow them to store larger amounts of disaster relief supplies from F.E.M.A., Feed the Children, and Operation Blessing. Some of the many ways help is needed is to provide monetary donations, labor and materials for the new building, sorting and packing boxes of food, and picking up donations from various sites.  For more information about this program, contact Mark Anthony at 407-654-7777 or visit the Bread of Life Fellowship website at http://breadoflifefellowship.com/

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The Christian Service Center, West Orange branch, located at 300 W. Franklin St, in Ocoee, provides crisis ministries to those in need in our part of the county.

It is a private, non-profit service agency which, since 1971, has provided the hurting of our community with programs designed to meet physical, emotional, and spiritual needs.  The Center is supported by area churches, businesses, civic organizations, foundations, and individuals.  Millions have been served regardless of race, religion, financial status, or the nature of their need. The Daily Bread program provides the homeless and hungry of our community a nourishing meal throughout the year. Clothing, legal aid, and counseling are also available on-site to meet emergency needs. Local churches, restaurants, grocers, hotels, and bakeries provide the food and paper products necessary to feed up to 500 individuals each day at our three locations. The Family & Emergency Services program continues to be a resource for those seeking short term assistance with groceries, rent and utilities, transportation, clothing, and referrals to other social service agencies. The Thrift Store provides donated household goods and clean “useable” clothing to clients of Daily Bread, Family & Emergency Services. Mothers Helping Mothers addresses the needs of financially challenged adults and their families by helping them gain independence through work, education, and vocation. The KidsFOCUS program offers after school tutoring to the children of the participating adults. This supportive efforts helps families move towards a more permanent, positive changes thereby improving and enriching the entire families experience.

OPC provides financial support to the Christian Service Center, provides meals and serves at the Daily Bread Program on the second Tuesday of each month, has periodic food drives to stock the West Orange pantry, and collects items that are needed by the Center’s clients throughout the year. Contact the West Orange Service Center at: 407-656-6678. The CSC website is

http://www.christianservicecenter.org/index.phpl

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New Beginnings of Central Florida is a Christian-based ministry dedicated to helping the homeless. They offer life-changing housing, counseling and job-training classes. 

 Their thrift stores in Clermont, Winter Garden and Kissimmee provide 70% of the funding for their programs. They have a women’s/children’s home and a men’s home in downtown Clermont. Their Helping Hands program provides free food, clothing, prayer and counseling in Clermont, Winter Garden, and Kissimmee on Saturdays, 11:00 a.m. — 1:00 pm. For more information, including volunteer opportunities, visit their website at www.nbcfl.org.

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Anthony Hodge is the force behind Finding the Lost Sheep, a charitable street ministry dedicated to rescuing those who are hopelessly caught in the web of drugs, violence, gambling and prostitution.

Anthony can reach these people like no one else because he knows exactly what they face. Before God changed him for- ever, he shared the same destructive world. Now he is Chairman of the advisory board of East Winter Garden by invitation of the city commissioner. He is involved with education and community improvement efforts. Now he stands side by side with the police instead of running for cover. When his truck arrives at the street corner of Bay and 9th, it’s loaded with real help: food, clothing and the good news of Jesus. Finding the Lost Sheep is a grass-roots rescue operation; the kind that changes one person at a time. Contact Anthony Hodge at 407-340-4898 or visit the website at: http://findingthelostsheep.com/

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The West Orange Habitat for Humanity affiliate was founded in 1990, at and through the efforts of the Oakland Presbyterian Church.

Since its founding in 1976, Habitat for Humanity International has built and rehabilitated more than 150,000 houses with families in need, becoming a true world leader in addressing the issues of poverty housing. Habitat for Humanity is a Christian organization, welcoming volunteers from all faiths, to work toward the goal of eliminating substandard housing.  Habitat brings families and communities together with volunteers and resources to build simple, decent, and affordable homes.  Habitat is more than building houses.  Habitat for Humanity is about building lives and hopes. OPC provides financial support to the West Orange HFH, as well as feeding the volunteers that work at the building sites, as scheduled. Our members have been active in the organization, fund raising, and building effort since 1990.  Contact WOHFH at: 407-905-0406, and visit their website at: http://www.woh4h.org/habitat20/Default.aspx

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S.T.A.R.S. of West Orange, Inc. (Supplies To Assist ouR Students) was organized to coordinate community donations of back-to-school supplies for public school students in need.

  A list of basic supplies is provided by a delegate from each of the schools participating in the program.The supplies are then purchased and allocated to the schools for distribution to their students. There are no salaried or paid positions, so 100% of all money collected is dedicated to the S.T.A.R.S. project.  OPC provides financial support, collects items needed by STARS, and helps sort and pack the items for distribution.  Visit the STARS website at  http://supportstars.org/index.php.

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Missionary Support  Rev. Dr. Barry and Shelly Dawson 

Serving Christ together in Southeast Asia

Barry brings to mission service extensive ministry experience as a counselor and pastoral caregiver in international settings.

He has served Presbyterian congregations in the United States and multi-cultural churches in Europe, the Middle East and Asia.  “With eyes of faith, I can see that the provincial hand of God has been shaping my life experiences and preparing my ministry gifts to be used in the role of Regional Liaison for Southeast Asia,”he says.  Shelly, a registered nurse, has worked as an assistant nursing supervisor at a clinic for heroin addicts and has served as a Stephen Minister for congregational care, counseling women facing a variety of life issues.  She also has co-led mission trips to six countries.

Learn more at pcusa.org/barry-and-shelly-dawson

 

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The Duvall Presbyterian Home is located in Glenwood, Florida, provides a home where more than 140 individuals with developmental disabilities live in a private, countryside setting allowing each and every resident to lead an independent and fulfilling life.

Founded in 1945, the Duvall Home is a not-for-profit organization that enjoys a Covenant of Affirmation relationship with the Presbyterian Church (USA) through the Synod of South Atlantic, and several Presbyteries in the Synod. They are individuals who collectively believe in the mission established by Mama and Papa Duvall over 60 years ago and maintain this tradition of caring.  The Duvalls saw the need for a special kind of home for their disabled son “Choppy” back in the early 1940’s and the staff is still carrying out their vision. If you are not among their “list of friends,” you are invited to learn more about the Duvall Home and their mission.  Your support helps the Home remain a very special place. OPC provides financial support to the Duvall Home. The Duvall Home website is:  http://www.duvallhome.org/

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