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New Census Shows 29 Percent Increase In Central Florida Homeless Population

New Census Shows 29 Percent Increase In Central Florida Homeless Population

This past January, Homeless Services Network of Central Florida, along with the most expansive participating number of organizations and volunteers to date, conducted Central Florida's annual Point-in-Time (PIT) Count. The PIT Count, an actual physical count of homeless individuals, serves as an annual gauge to capture the number of persons or families in a community who meet the federal definition of homeless, as defined by the U.S.

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  •   Reconciliation   •  

Pulse nightclub shooting: One year later we focus on victims, survivors, faith, preservation and the community

Pulse nightclub shooting: One year later we focus on victims, survivors, faith, preservation and the community

One year ago, 49 people were killed at Pulse nightclub and Orlando was left reeling. A year later, Orlando Sentinel Snapshot talks with those impacted by the massacre: Since losing her son Christopher "Drew" Leinonen in the Pulse shooting, Christine Leinonen has been fighting to ensure what happened to her son never happens to anyone else.

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  •   Pro Life: Outside the Womb, Reconciliation   •  

What I learned after the Pulse nightclub shooting (COMMENTARY)

What I learned after the Pulse nightclub shooting (COMMENTARY)

ORLANDO, Fla. (RNS) Our natural tendency after a horrific event is to rush too quickly into blame and explanation. After the Pulse nightclub shooting here in Orlando, the worst mass shooting in U.S. history, which targeted the LGBTQ community and left 50 people dead including the shooter, I was probably not alone in asking, "Who did this and why?"

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  •   Interfaith Dialogue, Poverty, Reconciliation   •  

Churches recruited for battle against homelessness

Churches recruited for battle against homelessness

Charles Pitts, a retired Lake Mary executive, was attending service athis Longwood church late last year when his pastor launched a recruiting mission for foot soldiers in the battle against homelessness. "I knew immediately I wanted to join," said Pitts, 72, who has lived at both ends of the rags to riches spectrum.

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