Part of the Solution
My employment started with the Central Florida Commission on Homelessness on January 12th, but my involvement and passion for this organization started long before January. As I walked to lunch downtown today, it was so real to me why the Commission serves such a strong purpose in the community and why this work is so important.
I passed a lady on the street who was weather worn. She was sitting on the wall outside of our building, as people often do. All of her belongings in a suitcase, holding her head and just looking so lost and sad. A gentleman in a wheelchair smiled and said hello as we walked by. He had lost his leg and was not able to walk.
The thing that really strikes me is how we can pass by people every day who are hurting and alone. So wrapped up in our own world that we don’t even given them a thought. Some even have it in their minds that they don’t need to care because these people on the streets are there because they want to be or because they made bad choices.
I just want to rescue them all.
I want to see them have a chance at life.
I want them to know they are loved and not forgotten.
I want them to know they have worth.
Working with the Central Florida Commission on Homelessness gives me the opportunity to be online casino part of something big that will change the way Central Florida works with and helps the people on the streets, in the woods, in daily/weekly motels, and other places that should not be called home. The solutions we are looking at and putting together are real and based on best practices that have worked in other communities.
I am so thankful to be able to be part of the solution.
Sandi Vidal is the Executive Vice President of the Central Florida Commission on Homelessness (CFCH) and Director of Collective Impact. She comes to the CFCH with over 8 years of nonprofit leadership experience and over 20 years of business leadership experience. She is a graduate of the University of Miami School of Business. She is a passionate advocate for the homeless and workforce education. Sandi has served as a subject matter expert for employment and writes occasionally for several print and online publications including the Huffington Post.