How We Serve Our Community

The Rescue Outreach Mission provides emergency resources such as food and shelter through two onsite shelters and a “Housing for Families” program. We also assist with clothing and counseling through access to comprehensive case management and referral services that help individuals find needed resources beyond those offered at the mission.

We have embraced the community-wide effort to “rethink homelessness” by adopting the Housing First model. This model believes that the homeless should be placed in housing first so that basic needs like food and shelter are addressed immediately. Support services and case management are offered voluntarily after permanent housing is secured.

Integrating systems such as the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS), and Coordinated Entry System have become priorities that the mission utilizes to measure capacity and outcomes for homeless services.

Services We Provide

Safe Haven

This service provides short-term shelter and addresses the immediate needs of clients who are experiencing a crisis. We believe having a safe place to live while mitigating the crisis is of utmost importance. During their time at the safe haven, clients receive shelter, meals and one on one support to address the immediate need which caused the crisis.

Emergency Shelter

This service provides those in need with a safe place to live during a hardship. In the emergency shelter, one on one services are not provided, and the program is limited to 60-90 days.

Additional Services

— Shelter

A cold-weather shelter available to anyone when temperatures fall below 40 degrees.

— Computer Lab

An onsite resource center and computer laboratory for children and adults.

— Tutoring

Tutoring provided by Seminole County Public Schools for school-aged children residing at the shelter during the school year.

— Transportation

Transportation assistance to scheduled meetings and job interviews, as requested.

— Housing Assistance

Assistance in obtaining permanent housing and rapid re-housing.

— Partnerships

We also collaborate with agencies such as Harvest Time International, Aspire, Hope Helps, The Sharing Center, and Seminole County Services Department to help shelter residents obtain resources to improve their quality of life.

Where We Serve

We are located in the Goldsboro area of Sanford and serve a wide geographic area. We are the only emergency shelter of its kind in Seminole County (the other is for those fleeing domestic violence) and believe on-going, skills based case management is the principal means for helping individuals and families achieve their goals of a more self-sufficient future.