After nearly 59 years at its iconic downtown location, the Orlando Union Rescue Mission’s Men’s Division moved to a new $6.2 million facility! Construction at the site of the former Parkwood Inn, which began in March 2017, was completed in April 2019. With the new location came a new name: Project Hope.
The facility has 210 beds. Ninety-four beds are designated to provide overnight, emergency shelter. The remaining 116 beds are reserved for men in the Mission’s long-term work rehabilitation program. Residents accepted into the discipleship program receive food, clothing, shelter, and spiritual mentoring through daily chapel services, Bible studies, and Christian counseling.
Project Hope is not a typical homeless shelter. It’s a pathway to a new life that requires a substantial commitment from men who are ready to make a positive, lasting change.
BASIC MEN’S HOME REQUIREMENTS
- Application-based admission into the discipleship program.
- Guests must be 100 percent drug- and alcohol-free.
- New Beginnings classes, and four other mandatory classes, must be completed.
- Disciples must work to earn their high school diploma and/or be gainfully employed.
- Disciples must complete daily chores around the Mission and keep living quarters clean at all times.
- Disciples must attend chapel at the Project Hope chapel as well as church services at Moody Chapel and be willing to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. After six months of participating in the program, residents may attend a local church of their choice.
- Disciples must actively participate in a path toward self-sufficiency, working with a biblical counselor.
- Limited temporary housing is available on a nightly basis but O.U.R.M. requirements must be met and those unwilling to comply are not admitted.