Founded in 1948, the Orlando Union Rescue Mission’s Men’s Home, with its beloved red cross, is an iconic downtown Orlando landmark and a beacon within the Parramore neighborhood.
Still, many don’t know the work of the Mission and are surprised to learn that the Men’s Home is NOT just a typical homeless shelter — it’s a pathway to a new life for those needing help.
The Men’s Home is a life-changing ministry that helps men who want to help themselves, requiring a substantial commitment.
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 are gainfully employed.
- Disciples must do daily chores around the Mission and keep living quarters clean at all times.
- Disciples must attend chapel services in the Mission Church 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.
COMING IN EARLY 2018
The current location of the Mission’s Men’s Home is an iconic downtown Orlando landmark and a beacon of hope in the Parramore neighborhood.
Unfortunately, the needs of the homeless in our community far exceed our current capacity. The opportunity to develop a new facility, expand our ministries, and fulfill our desire to transform even more lives has been our prayer for several years.
On March 17, 2017, a groundbreaking ceremony was held for the new Men’s Home, located on the site of the former Parkwood Inn, 3300 W. Colonial Drive. The $6.2 million project will be completed in early 2018.
- Introduce more men to the Gospel of Jesus Christ; our capacity will increase from 120 to 200.
- Rescue more men from the addictions that imprison them by providing space to initiate a focused addiction-recovery program.
- Include transitional apartments to help ease our guests’ transition to full independence and self-sufficiency.
- Incorporate space for a free health and wellness clinic serving our guests and the surrounding community.
- Triple the current capacity of our kitchen, enabling us to feed more area homeless.
- Include a 200-seat chapel, which will have a replica of our iconic, big red cross.