As 2014 Comes To An End…

It is hard to believe that we are this close to the end of 2014! This has been such a huge and memorable year in the life of Health Care Center for the Homeless!


The year 2014 marked 21 years of serving Orlando and the surrounding areas with quality health services. Over those 21 years, we have evolved from one small exam room at a local homeless shelter to an established and consistent health resource for our homeless and housed but uninsured community members.


We serve over 10,000 unduplicated patients annually at our main site in Orlando, but realized those living further away needed regular services closer to home. So we opened satellite sites in Kissimmee and Sanford, focusing on primary medical care and behavioral health counseling. Along with our expansion we refreshed our clinic name and logo. Our sites are now known as Orange Blossom Family Health and are represented by a logo consisting of an orange blossom – simple and to the point.


We care for homeless and housed but uninsured patients in Orange, Osceola, and Seminole Counties with income below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. Even with the Affordable Care Act under way, approximately 75% of the patients we serve do not currently qualify for coverage. Their income falls below the Insurance Marketplace guidelines and they do not fit the current Medicaid coverage categories. These community members need your help.


All of our patients, regardless of where they fall on the income spectrum, share a common goal. They want to feel better, be healthier, and improve their lives. They want, need, and deserve quality health services provided in an atmosphere of dignity and respect. And they will get all of this within our health centers. Please join us in making these goals a reality for our patients.


Every dollar you invest in our organization makes an impact on the health of someone without the benefit of health coverage. We hope you will choose to continue to support the efforts of Health Care Center for the Homeless in our mission
“to provide quality health care services that improve the lives of the
homeless and medically indigent people of our community.”


Thank you for all that you have helped us accomplish in 2014. We look forward to what we’ll accomplish together in the coming years!

Make your year-end-gift here!



What is “Giving Tuesday” all about?

On Thanksgiving we give thanks. On Black Friday and Cyber Monday we’re given savings.

On Giving Tuesday we give back.

We hope you’ll join us this Giving Tuesday! But how? There are a few different ways!

1. Give money. It is so helpful to us to continue our mission by receiving the gift of financial support. Any amount helps because every dollar goes toward the well-being of one of your homeless or medically under-served neighbors. That matters deeply.

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2. Give your time. Join us by becoming a volunteer! We are so grateful for all of the support we get from our loyal team of volunteers. Give of your time and come work alongside us.

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3. Give your voice. We are SO grateful that you support our organization and believe in the work that we’re doing to impact the lives of the homeless and medically under-served in our community. Now go tell your friends and family! Share our Facebook page, tweet about us, screen-cap our Instagram, post this video, forward our emails,  and text our website–anything! Tell the people close to you about the good work Health Care Center for the Homeless is doing in our community.

We are so excited for the holidays and all of the joy that comes along with them! But we hope you’ll take a moment to pause the insanity and chaos of the season and give generously this Giving Tuesday.

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How We Celebrate National Health Center Week


During the week of August 10 -16, Community Health Centers around the country celebrated National Health Center Week. We like to do the same by having something fun every day of the week planned!

“We’re very proud to be a part of the network of community health centers that are changing lives daily by providing quality health care services to individuals in their communities who might not otherwise have access to health care,” our CEO and President Bakari Burns says. “As a community health center, Orange Blossom Family Health exists to improve access to primary and preventive care, reduce health disparities, and help our patients manage their chronic health issues. We are sensitive to the special situations our patients face and are able to address their needs in ways that are culturally appropriate for them.” 

So how do we celebrate around here?

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Backpack Drive 2014

backpackdrive_2We had such an amazing back-to-school day as part of last year’s National Health Center Week festivities! We are excited to celebrate the new school year again with our sweet patients and their kids in need.

This year we will have two back-to-school days–Monday August 11th we will be providing back-to-school physicals and on Tuesday August 12th our dental team will be administering dental check-ups for the children.

On both days we will be distributing back-packs full of school supplies! These backpacks will be given directly to the homeless and uninsured children that we see here at our health center, Orange Blossom Family Health.

The goal here is to fully prepare the kids for an awesome start to their school year! We’ll handle the medical and dental needs, but we need community support to get those backpacks ready!

Below is the list of school supplies we’re hoping to gather. The goal is to gather fifty bags and we need your help!

Elementary Supply List

3-Ring Binder
Wide Rule Loose-leaf Paper
Pad of Coloring Paper
Spiral Notebook or Composition Notebook
2-Pocket Folders
#2 Pencils
Black Pens
Box of Colored Pencils or Box of Crayons or Box of Washable Markers
Glue Stick

If you are able to purchase some of these items, please mail to or drop them off at 232 N. Orange Blossom Trail Orlando, FL 32805 ATTN: Katie Schmidt

If you would prefer to donate money to be used toward our backpack drive(we’ll handle the shopping!) please mail a check to 232 N. Orange Blossom Trail Orlando, FL 32805 and write “backpack drive” on the memo line. It costs about $25 for one backpack full of school supplies! 

Whatever option works best for you is great for us! Let’s make this the best school ever for the kids in our community that need a little bit of extra help!

Don’t forget to invite your friends and family to join us as well!

Please contact Katie Schmidt at if you have any questions.

A Reason to Serve


Any reason to volunteer is a good reason. But our Information Technology (IT) volunteer Jerry has a very good reason.

At Health Care Center for the Homeless we have a great team of tireless volunteers. They cover a wide range of duties that help our clinic run just a little bit smoother week in and week out. One of those volunteers is Jerry.

Since the summer of 2013, Jerry has come to the clinic once a week for several hours to assist with general IT needs and repairs. Jerry first came to our clinic, Orange Blossom Family Health, not as a volunteer, but as a devoted son.

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