Adaline is 10. Last year she participated in the first Easter He Got Up event to serve the homeless in Orange, Seminole and Osceola Counties in Florida. She was so surprised that there were only 200 pairs of shoes available for the thousands of homeless who were served.
So she began her own effort—Shoe Share—to make sure there were shoes available for all who came to the 2017 He Got Up. Thousands of shoes met many needs today—Adaline provided 3700 of them herself.
Homelessness increased drastically in Central Florida in recent years, catapulting the area to #1 in the nation for chronic homelessness. Combined efforts have made great progress in reducing the number—especially in providing homes for veterans.
But it is still unacceptable that many families (and their pets), children, professionals, the mentally ill, released felons, the unemployed or underemployed are still on the streets, in cars, in shelters, and in other inadequate housing.
He Got Up—celebrating the fact that Jesus Got Up on Resurrection Sunday—is a combined effort of cities and counties, businesses, civic services, and churches and ministries to serve the area’s thousands of homeless.
Homeless from all three counties were invited and encouraged to come. And they did—arriving by bus and van from more than 50 pick-up points and greeted by volunteers.
The day (Palm Sunday this year) began with a church service at one end of the Camping World Stadium venue, attended by several thousand. The guests then spread out to the many services provided:
Personal services included clothing, shoes, food, showers, haircuts and kids’ play areas for the guests and the volunteers.