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The Coalition prides itself on its ability to keep families together during their time of crisis. In fact, we are one of the few emergency shelters in the area that accepts intact families. In addition to shelter and nutritious meals, homeless families at the Coalition work with a case manager to build a budget and savings account, and to develop a plan for self-sufficiency.

Food, Shelter, & Case Management Education & Job Skills Training Counseling Daycare After School/Summer Programs Community Housing ABCs

Art By Coalition Children (ABCs) is a volunteer-based program that pairs professional artists in the community with children living at the Coalition.

Artists work with the kids to create a wide variety of art, from black and white photography to sculpture and painting.

Often struggling with low self-esteem, the Coalition’s homeless children benefit from the program’s nurturing environment. Through ABCs, they have the opportunity to learn about the arts and have the freedom to creatively express themselves.

For more information about getting involved with the ABCs Program, contact Bonnie Newman at Volunteer opportunities are available for artists, or people who just want to lend a helping hand.



Listed in order from the most recent artist

Photo Essay
Presented by Brian Becker

Puppet Film Making
Presented by Meredith Hoppe (IBEX)

Presented by Catherine Cross

Presented by William Gura

Presented by Nadia Garzon

Small Canvas Painting
Presented by Karen Fields

Documentary Filmmaking
Presented by Justin DeLeon

Digital Photography
Presented by Douglas Nesbitt

Presented by Pete Dato

Collage and Mixed Media
Presented by Karen Fields

Architecture in Art
Presented by Lubniela Mileva

Digital Photography
Presented by Brian Becker

Black and White Photography
Presented by Brian Becker

Presented by Anne Russell

Presented by Teresa "T" Roberts

Fun-damentals of Art
Presented by Dennis Maclaren

Presented by Marsha DeBroske

Painting and Poetry
Presented by Patricia Byron

Acrylics on Fabric
Presented by Jennifer Claire Fernald

Creative Writing and Poetry
Presented by Terry Ann Thaxton

Presented by singer/songwriter Lisa Firestone

Presented by Jay Bleakney of the Orlando Ballet

Ink Printing Design
Presented by Kevin Haran of UCF's PAVE program

"Stories from the Heart"
Presented by Donna Dowless

Folk Art
Presented by Ruby Williams and Jeanine Taylor

Animal Sketching
Presented by Christian Slade

"Visions of Emotion"
Presented by Gregorii

Presented by Peter Effaldana

Presented by Kim Lemonakis

Presented by Tiphanie Windsor

Geometric Sketch
Presented by Jason Varan

Creative Writing and Poetry
Presented by Terry Ann Thaxton

Presented by Anna + Riku

Program kick-off
Presented by Maryann Carroll, "Highway Woman" artist


Listed in order from the most recent display

Rollins College
January – February 2009

Orlando International Airport

May – July 2008

Rollins College
January – February 2008

"Portraits of Hunger" at Orlando City Hall Atrium
June 2007

Walt Disney World’s “Festival of the Masters” at Downtown Disney
November 2006

Orange County Administration Building
September 2006

"Portraits of Hunger" at City Arts Factory
June 2006

Marriott Gallery
July – September 2005

Delta's Crown Room
January – June 2005

Orlando International Airport’s ArtPort Gallery
January – June 2005

City of Orlando's Hall's Terrace Gallery
September – November 2004

Winter Park Arts Festival
(children’s section) March 2004

Orlando History Center
September 2009

Charity Navigator City of Orlando, Florida Orange County Government, Florida United Way