Law Enforcement, Correctional Officers Again Host “Day of Giving” for Homeless Living with Mental Illness

WHO: The Crisis Intervention Team (CIT), a multi-agency team comprised of local law enforcement and correctional officers, will again host a “Day of Giving” to serve individuals that receive support through Pathways Drop-In Center. Pathways is a unique program that exclusively serves and is managed by individuals living with mental illness who are homeless or are experiencing extreme poverty. Pathways is not a shelter, but a safe-haven for this population to seek refuge during the day, have a meal and access to social and mental health services.

WHAT: These law enforcement and correctional personnel are trained to work with individuals experiencing mental illness and come together annually at Pathways to bring a bit of holiday cheer to those in need. While the CIT program supports Pathways throughout the year, this celebration is reserved to experience holiday cheers and goodwill. Matern Professional Engineering has again generously donated hot meals for guests to enjoy. In addition to food, there will be free haircuts, clothing, duffle bags and other essential items.

WHEN:  Dec. 16, 2017
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

WHERE: 1313 30th Street Orlando, FL 32805

WHY: So many families and organizations incorporate giving as part of their holiday traditions. “Day of Giving” showcases Orange County’s “neighbors helping neighbors” philosophy, remembering that all are deserving of kindness and compassion.

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  • $1,000 will provide food for Pathways members for one week
  • $500 will furnish one apartment unit
  • $250 will return second servings for one week
  • $100 will defray the costs of toiletries, hygiene products and detergent we supply to members
  • $50 will provide a tent to one of our homeless members


ABOUT: The CIT program in Orange County has trained approximately 2,000 local law enforcement and corrections personnel, empowering them with the critical tools that help them better identify the signs of mental illness, when an individual is in crisis, and the best means to respond or de-escalate what could become a critical incident. CIT is proudly sponsored by the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

About Orange County Government: Orange County Government strives to serve its residents and guests with integrity, honesty, fairness and professionalism. Located in Central Florida, Orange County includes 13 municipalities and is home to world-famous theme parks, one of the nation’s largest convention centers and a thriving life science research park. Seven elected members make up the Board of County Commissioners, including the Mayor, who is elected countywide. For more information, please visit or go to Orange County Government’s social media channels.

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