The Center for Women and Families is a 240-bed facility located on the Coalition’s main campus. As the largest emergency shelter in Central Florida that accepts intact families, the Center for Women and Families provides a crucial service to homeless families.
The Center for Women and Families is made up of three distinct sections, a single women’s dorm, family dorm, and individual family rooms.
The single women’s dorm includes 60 beds, lockers and a shared family room. The family dorm is designed for single mothers with small children, and includes bunk beds and room for portable cribs.
Individual family rooms are a key part of services the Coalition can provide. These small rooms allow an intact family (mother, father, children), a single mom with a son over the age of 10, or a single father with his children a place to live together.
All clients who live in the Center are case managed. Case managers work with each client to establish a budget, along with a detailed self-sufficiency plan, which provides a link to services available at the Coalition, like LifeStrides, an education program through Orange County Public Schools and an onsite Early Childhood Development Center.
The Coalition is the largest residential facility for children in Central Florida. In fact, we provide services to over 250 children on any given night. Their average age is 8 years old. Many services available at the Coalition are designed to meet the needs of the growing number of children who call the Coalition home.
Click here to meet one of the families who call the Coalition home.
First Steps Shelter Recovery Program for Women
The Center for Women and Families is also home to First Steps Shelter Recovery Program for Women, a substance abuse recovery program created by the Coalition. Modeled after the Coalition's First Steps Shelter Recovery Program for Men, this initiative challenges women to recover from their addictions while living at the Coalition. The program includes a partnership with Specialized Treatment, Education & Prevention Services, Inc. (STEPS) and numerous programs such as Alcoholics/Narcotics Anonymous and the Women's Empowerment Group.
Clients participating in First Steps Shelter Recovery Program for Women work one-on-one with a case manager to create a plan for self-sufficiency and utilize Coalition services. Click here to learn more about this innovative program.