For the second time this year, The Inspire Centre is partnering with a community-service charity for the benefit of Apopka residents. Christian HELP, a long-established job placement service in Central Florida will now have a presence in Apopka to fight unemployment and homelessness.
"We are pleased to announce the grand opening of a satellite location in Apopka," said Vickie Martin, Executive Director of Christian HELP. "We are partnering with Inspire Church. They have graciously donated the office space. Other free donations of paint and furnishings have been provided by others in the community to this worthy cause. This site will be able to deliver the Christian HELP services of resume reviewing, interview and network training and career guidance for job-seekers in the Apopka area."
Christian HELP is a nonprofit ministry that is devoted to preventing homelessness by helping people find jobs while providing for them materially and spiritually. Over the last 23 years, Christian HELP has equipped and empowered over 120,000 people for their next career in Central Florida.
And Inspire is delighted to have them.
"It was one of those partnerships that was meant to happen," said Denise Badger, Lead Pastor at Inspire. "We want to help meet real needs of our neighbors -- Christian Help offers a service that does just that, and they wanted a satellite office on this side of town. We had space we could offer. They had a counselor who lived in Apopka. It made sense to join together to make a difference more effectively, not reinvent the wheel, and honestly, it's a lot more fun doing something like this together."
The Apopka office will be staffed by a volunteer Care Manager who will be seeing new and existing clients on Thursdays and Fridays from 9am -1pm by appointment only. Job seekers should call 407-834-4022 for scheduling.
The Inspire Centre is host to three churches (Inspire Church, Next Gen Church and Church United), a Centre, a Bookstore, a Coffee Shop, The Afterschool Academy, The Family Promise of Greater Orlando and Christian HELP. It is also an Orange County Polling Place for the 2016 elections.
Badger has already witnessed the tangible difference Christian HELP is making in people's lives.
"When the first clients started coming, you could feel the hope they held inside, knowing someone cared and knew the ropes to helping them find work. It's our prayer that they walk in here with hope and leave inspired with ideas, resources, prospects...something tangible that will keep them going, burdens a little lighter, knowing they're not alone."
To schedule an interview with Vickie Martin, please call Tracie Searles at 407-834-4022, ext. 229 or email Tracies@christianhelp.org. For more information on their organization, go here.
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