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Downtown Orlando Magic entertainment complex approved

January 21 2014 ~ The project is expected to include office space, a hotel, bars and restaurants, but not all business owners downtown are excited about the idea.The Orlando Union Rescue Mission wants the city to make sure its work with the homeless won't suffer after the Magic's entertainment complex is built. More.

Magic complex moves forward; questions linger about shelter's future

January 21 2014 ~ Orlando's planning board approved a zoning change for the Orlando Magic's planned $200 million entertainment complex Tuesday morning amid questions about whether the project ultimately would force the closing of one of the city's oldest homeless shelters. More.

Orlando City Planning Board approves Magic entertainment complex; Orlando Union Rescue Mission's future uncertain

January 21 2014 ~ The development would be located in a city block bordered by Central Boulevard, Hughey Avenue, Church and Division streets. However, several businesses, the Orlando Police Department and the Orlando Union Rescue Mission call that block home. OPD has already said it's moving, but the shelter's future remains uncertain. More.

Magic to build upscale complex next to homeless shelter

January 16 2014 ~ When the Orlando Magic build their flashy $200 million entertainment complex on the edge of downtown, the closest neighbor likely will be a homeless shelter. The Magic and the Orlando Union Rescue Mission never reached a deal to relocate the shelter, which shares the same block. So the Magic plan to build next to it instead. More.

Union Rescue Mission says Orlando Magic won't buy its property

December 20 2013 ~ The head of the Orlando Union Rescue Mission says the Orlando Magic no longer plans to buy its property to build an entertainment complex. Instead, the Magic will just build around it, according to the Mission. More.

No deal reached for land sale between Magic, Rescue Mission

November 6 2013 ~ Channel 9 has learned that the Orlando Magic have not reached a deal to move the Orlando Union Rescue Mission, which means their now $200 million entertainment complex will be going up right beside the shelter on Central Avenue. More.

Orlando Magic asks Union Rescue Mission to move for entertainment complex, mission CEO says

August 15 2013 ~ The Orlando Magic and the Orlando Union Rescue Mission are trying to reach an agreement about the team's plans to build a $100 million entertainment complex. The mission sits right where the Magic want to build at West Central Boulevard and Division Avenue in downtown Orlando. More.

Making a difference: Orlando Union Rescue Mission

July 19 2013 ~ The Mission is spotlighted in Local 6's "Making a Difference" segment. More.

Volunteer helps homeless children give Mother's Day gifts

May 11 2012 ~ A child's present for Mother's Day may seem like a trivial thing - especially when child and mom live in a homeless shelter... More.

Orlando Organization Serves Meals To Homeless

December 10 2010 ~ One local organization is serving more than 1,000 hot meals to the homeless Wednesday. More.

On A Mission: Multimillion-dollar Expansion for Homeless Starting this Fall

July 9 2010 ~ A local nonprofit that helps the homeless wants to start construction this fall on a multimillion-dollar expansion that includes 52 apartments, a chapel and an administration building. The Orlando Union Rescue Mission got approval on June 15 from the city of Orlando's municipal planning board for its request to build the three-phase project on 5 acres of vacant property on its main campus at West Washington Street and North Tampa Avenue. More.

Mission Serves Easter Meals To Homeless

April 2 2010 ~ Orlando Union Rescue Mission is serving up Easter meals to the homeless on Good Friday, despite a drop in donations. The mission is expected to serve about 800 meals during its annual Good Friday banquet. More.

WPOZ/Orlando

February 3 2010 ~ recently called upon listeners for winter coats, gloves and blankets to be donated to the Orlando Union Rescue Mission. The mission was in need of supplies to care for over 100 extra people when recent temperatures dropped below freezing in central Florida. More.

ChadRide Update: Soldiers re-enlist

January 24 2010 ~ Bengals.com has veered off the Chad Ochocinco's Soldiers for Giving tour and is at the site of the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. But The ChadRide got new life Saturday when The Ocho asked his 10 Soldiers to re-up so they could extend The Tour past Sunday into Tuesday and stay in Miami for the Heat game Monday night. More.

Orlando Union Rescue Mission Holiday Meals

November 7 2009 ~ The holiday season is upon us and as we gather together with our families and friends in the comfort of our own homes, many people in our community won't be able to share those holiday traditions that we may seem to take for granted. The homeless and working poor come from many backgrounds: some have lost their jobs, been evicted from their homes, have had excessive medical bills or may suffer from mental illness. Many homeless are military veterans that had served to protect our freedoms, but we have failed to honorably recognize their sacrifices. More.

The eye-opening discomfort of one night as a homeless person

October 15 2009 ~ Morgan and her 10-year-old daughter Bethany stretched out under the I-4 bridge in downtown Orlando, participating September 18 in One Homeless Night, sponsored by the Orlando Union Rescue Mission. More.

Hundreds homeless for a night

September 19 2009 ~ On any given night there are 6,000 to 8,000 people who are homeless in Central Florida, according to some estimates. On Friday, about 500 people -- who are not homeless -- got a small taste of what it's like living on the streets. More.

Hundreds To Experience Homeless Night

September 18 2009 ~ Hundreds of Central Floridians are expected to turn out Friday night for an unusual sleepover. More.

Hundreds Spending The Night Sleeping Under I-4

September 18 2009 ~ Hundreds of people are spending the night underneath an Interstate 4 overpass to bring awareness to the issue of homelessness. "I always looked at homelessness as someone who was irresponsible, someone who was alcoholic, that was a drug addict. I never thought it was for myself," said Darren Lane. More.

Hot Dogs for Heroes Banquet Served Over 600 Guests

July 21 2009 ~ On July 4th, the Mission partnered with Hard Rock Cafe to host a BBQ honoring homeless Veterans. 650 meals were served and over 50 men and women accepted Christ as their personal Savior! More.

City Leaders Won't Disclose Who They Gave Magic Tix To

June 1 2009 ~ Eyewitness News exposed Tuesday that Orlando's mayor and city leaders have been enjoying the Magic in the NBA Finals from a luxury skybox and taxpayers footed the bill. More.

Challenge grant doubles $50,000 for homeless children

May 27 2009 ~ Thanks to everyone who helped unlock the entire pool of challenge funds. More.

Orlando Mission Holds Foot Washing On Good Friday

April 10 2009 ~ Hundreds of homeless people got a holiday boost on Good Friday in an event symbolic of the Easter season. More.

What is the Orlando Union Rescue Mission?

December 15 2008 ~ The mission is a private organization that has been helping the hungry in Orlando since 1948. It offers men's services downtown. The transitional home for single women and families, which I wrote about in the Rivera articles, is off OBT. More.