Grant Funding Provides Hope and Help for the Future of Central Florida Families

The Howard Phillips Center for Children and Families, part of Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, serves many of the most vulnerable families in Central Florida. The Howard Phillips Center provides services including counseling, advocacy, early childhood intervention, medical care and home visits at no cost to local participating families. To provide these services, the Center relies heavily on the community’s financial support.

For over ten years, Heart of Florida United Way has been supporting The Howard Phillips Center, helping to create lasting, measurable change for families in our community. Most recently, Heart of Florida United Way Awarded $75,000 to The Howard Phillips Center.

Heart of Florida United Way focuses its efforts on individuals and families whose socioeconomic status falls within the definition of “ALICE:” Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. These are the working households living paycheck to paycheck, just one minor crisis away from financial ruin. Many of the families served by the Center fall under this category.

“We truly value our longstanding partnership with the Heart of Florida United Way (HFUW) at The Howard Phillips Center due to our common mission of improving the lives of individuals and families in our local community. HFUW’s focus areas of health and prevention align well with our services and their support allows us to reach many more children with special needs, teens lacking healthcare access and abused children every year,” says Marie Martinez, Director of Operations, The Howard Phillips Center for Children and Families. 

Every day, The Howard Phillips Center serves the most at-risk families in Central Florida. Philanthropic support, such as grant initiatives, provide the Center’s staff with the tools and resources to offer these needed services to local families.

With grant funding from Heart of Florida United Way, The Howard Phillips Center’s Healthy Families staff has the resources they need to provide parents with tools to build strong bonds with their children. Our Healthy Families teams have the following success rates in preventing child abuse in program graduates.

Healthy Families Orange: 99% success rate

Healthy Families Osceola: 100% success rate

Related Articles