PROVIDER / AGENCY PARTNER
Connection, collaboration and coordination is the central purpose for CRN. The greater good is always larger than the individual or single organization. When we combine forces and work together we will achieve great things.
Our goal is to work with our provider and agency partners in support of Central Florida’s homelessness response system. Our goal is to facilitate a complementary community-driven system of support for families or individuals (living doubled up or self-paying to live in motels/hotels) who are not eligible for government funded housing programs or support services. This system of support works alongside the Central Florida Continuum of Care (CoC), working with Homeless Services Network (HSN) and the Central Florida Commission on Homelessness (CFCH) to collectively play a vital role in the prevention of literal homelessness and to support the region’s mission to make homelessness rare, brief and one-time for all individuals and families.
Our first step is to work with our provider partners (particularly those who work outside of government funding) to understand how the network can help support each partner’s mission and goals in the service of families either at-risk of or experiencing homelessness. We understand that your time and resources are limited, and therefore we work with our provider partners to determine how the network can help coordinate the collective effort, broaden the reach, and enable more families to be served. An uncoordinated and fragmented system results in unconscious duplication of assistance to many, and leaving many thousands seriously under-served.
The next step is to work with our partners to identify and clearly communicate the services, resources and programs provided, and to understand the different groups served. The services, resources, and programs are entered into a dynamic technology platform database. The system captures and details all participating providers, agencies, and houses of faith, together with the accumulated collection of services and goods provided through the combined network of members, e.g. employment services, education opportunities, financial planning, transportation support, assistance with utility payments, food pantries, and much more.
In addition, our network offers free training to volunteers throughout the community (from organizations, non-profits and the many faith communities) to equip them with the knowledge and tools to support and walk alongside families who experience or are at risk of homelessness. From understanding how best to help, to how to capture a family’s story and assess their needs, to helping a family create a plan and goals, to connecting them to the appropriate resources, services and programs offered in the community, to helping the families establish positive relationships and community connection that empowers and enables the families to improve the quality of their lives and achieve economic self-sufficiency. These valuable volunteers support the work of our Provider and House of Faith Partners to help extend and expand their reach and offer the relational support to the families that all research shows is critical to achieve change in one's circumstance.
Community Resource Network is committed to making homelessness the exception in our Tri-County community; improving the quality of life for those who experience housing instability, homelessness and poverty, and creating a better community for all.
Join the many member organizations already working with us; we need your partnership to achieve this vision.
If you would like to get involved, fill out the form below and one of our staff members will contact you.