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Immediate Assistance

For any emergencies immediately contact:911

Heart of Florida United Way – Dial 211 or visit

Veterans Crisis Line – “Connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring VA responders through a confidential, toll-free hotline and online chat”
1.800.273.8255 Press 1 or Text to: 838255 or visit

Immediate Abuse & Assault Assistance

DOD Safe Helpline – Sexual assault support for the DOD Community: 877.995.5247
Text zip code or installation/base name to 55247 or 202.470.5546 (if outside the U.S.) or visit

Florida Domestic Violence Hotline – Call 1.800.500.1119

National Domestic Abuse Hotline – Call 1.800.799.7233

Harbor House of Central Florida – Provides safety, shelter, counseling, advocacy, and justice for women and children who are victims of domestic violence.
Call 407.886.2856

Immediate Shelter Needs

Orlando Christian Service Center – Provides hot meals, shelter, emergency financial assistance, child care, and counseling.
808 West Central Boulevard, Orlando, FL 32805

Orlando Coalition for the Homeless – Provides shelter for men, women and children
639 W. Central Blvd., Orlando, FL 32801

Orlando Union Rescue Mission – The Mission provides for immediate physical needs including food, clothing and shelter.
Women & Children’s Home – 407.422.4855 ext. 1111
Men’s Division: 407. 423.3596 ext. 2107

Salvation Army Men’s Shelter: – Known as the Men’s Lodge, the Salvation Army provides shelter to men.
Call 407. 423.8581 Ext 219
624 Lexington Avenue Orlando, FL 32801

Salvation Army Orlando Social Services Department – Provides Emergency Financial Assistance, Clothing Assistance, Food Pantry Assistance
407.423.8581 Ext 216

Salvation Army Women’s and Children Shelter – Also known as the Sally House, the Salvation Army provide shelter to women and children
400 West Colonial Drive Orlando, FL 32804
407.423.8581 Ext 204

The Mustard Seed of Central Florida Furniture & Clothing Bank – Provides household furnishings and clothing to families in need
12 Mustard Seed Lane Orlando, FL 32810

The Transition House, Inc. – Provides free services to homeless veterans and their families, including financial aid assistance, temporary housing, and facility based treatment

Employment Services

Hire Heroes USA – A not-for-profit organization dedicated to creating job opportunities for US military veterans and their spouses through personalized employment training and corporate engagement.

RecruitMilitary – Register online now to search a job database created with veterans in mind. Employers are also able to search through keywords to find individuals that fit their hiring need

WorkForce Central Florida – “Dedicated to putting Central Florida residents to work, and finding and developing talent to help Central Florida businesses stay competitive”
Veteran Representative – Lloyd James, 407.531.1227 Ext. 4084

Financial Assistance

American Red Cross Veteran Services – Provides immediate financial assistance, emergency communication services, and deployment services 24/7/365

CredAbility – A nonprofit organization that provides credit counseling & education; may also assist in foreclosures

Operation Homefront – Provides emergency financial assistance for multiple needs

Orange County Crisis Assistance Program – Helps pay rent, mortgage, or utilities in an emergency if qualified
2100 E Michigan St, Orlando, FL 32806

Reserve Aid – A nonprofit organization that makes need based grants to military families who have a Reservist – National Guard member on full time deployment or who returned from deployment to a combat zone or homeland security position in the last 12 months.

The Pen Fed Foundation – A nationally recognized nonprofit organization working to meet the unmet needs of military personnel and their families in the areas of financial literacy, housing and support for the wounded.

Legal Assistance

Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida – Provides Free Legal Services and works directly with veterans through the Veteran Advocacy Project
CLSMF Helpline: 1-800-405-1417

Counseling Services

Camaraderie Foundation Inc. – Camaraderie Foundation’s mission is to provide healing for invisible wounds of war through counseling, emotional, and spiritual support for all branches of military service members, veterans and their families
(407) 841-0071

UCF Anxiety Disorder Clinic/ Trauma Management Therapy – A clinical researcher center dedicated to the study and treatment of anxiety disorders in children, adolescents, and adults by using Exposure Therapy
407.823.3910 or 407.823.1668

UCF Marriage & Family Research Institute Counseling Services – Provides couples and family counseling

Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors – Provides peer emotional support, case work assistance, connections to community based care and grief and trauma resources to anyone who has lost a military loved on.
1.800.959.TAPS (8277); – Below is a comprehensive set of guides that provide information on many of the prevailing substance abuses that are affecting our communities today, various care options and many free resources.

Warrior Programs

The American Legion Department of Florida – “The nation’s largest wartime veterans service organization, committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow service members and veterans.”
(407) 295-2631

Building Homes for Heroes: Build Mortgage – Free homes for families in dire need

Cell Phones for Soldiers – “A non-profit organization dedicated to providing cost-free communication services through calling cards to active duty military members and veterans.”

Fairways for Warriors – Non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for our Wounded Warriors by teaching them to play golf

Habitat for Humanity – Home at Last: Builds Accessible Mortgage-free homes for combat wounded disabled veterans

Haley House Fund, Inc – Provides a living space for families while their military loved one recovers at the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital in Tampa, Florida.

Military OneSource – A Department of Defense-funded program providing comprehensive information on every aspect of military life at no cost to active duty, Guard and reserve service members, and their families. Information includes, but is not limited to, deployment, reunion, relationship, grief, spouse employment and education, parenting and child care, and much more.

Special Operations Warrior Foundation – Provides full college scholarship grants to surviving children of special operations personnel. As well as, providing immediate financial assistance to wounded special ops personnel and their families

Team Red White & Blue – A not-for-profit organization with a mission is enrich the lives of America’s veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity.

Toys for Tots – A non-profit organization established by the U.S. Marine Corps. They provide free Christmas toys to children and families in need of hope and support during the holidays

UCF Community Veterans History Project – Works to collect, preserve, and make accessible to the public the experiences of Central Florida’s Veterans
(407) 823-0242
Fax: (407) 823-3184

USO – The USO has many programs including: support for families of the fallen, Operation Phone Home, Free Afghan Language Programs and more! Their mission is to “lift the spirits of America’s troops and their families”

Veterans of Foreign War – The VFW’s mission is, “to foster camaraderie among United States veterans of overseas conflicts.”

Wounded Warriors Project – Provides financial assistance to help heal the physical wounds of war through various programs (Combat Stress Recovery Program, Physical Health & Wellness Program, Warriors to Work, Peer Mentoring, etc.)
888.997.2586 or 904.405.1213

Thank you to the Camaraderie Foundation for the creation of this list.