A Grateful Mind International is a volunteer staffed, grassroots 501(c)3 charitable organization that operates as a ‘Community Outreach Services’ agency to provide Emergency Crisis Assistance and Educational Resources to homeless and impoverished men, women and children, primarily based here in Central Florida. Our overall agency's goal is to empower families to move beyond their crisis and get on a path to self-sufficiency, free of homelessness and extreme poverty.
In our society today, our impoverished and homeless do not portray the stereotypical image of being dirty, grungy and illiterate. Our homeless and impoverished consist of citizens who are well educated; former top executives, and the working poor. Many of our homeless and impoverished are ‘invisible’ to some because they are fighting behind the veil of normalcy to get their lives back on solid footing.
Despite the wavering status our economy communities are still faced with low wage jobs; extended unemployment and evictions from having to make the difficult decision of whether to pay this electric bill or buy food…”Do I buy food or get my medicine”? Every day in someone’s life in some part of the country, (possibly right next door to you), someone has to make these difficult life choices.
When individuals and families are faced with unforeseen circumstances, it does not mean that they are lazy, or that they don’t care. In most cases it is the complete opposite; they would constantly work if they had not lost their job and they do care about their family’s needs being met that is why they are seeking help.
At ‘A Grateful Mind’ we strive to be unique in providing our assistance to those who seek help from us. We strive to treat each individual as a human being deserving respect despite their current crisis. This is in part of how the foundational vision of A Grateful Mind International was created in 2000...out of hurt, despair and the need to not be demeaned when asking for help. After years and years of serving others from the heart in children’s homes; elderly care; soup kitchens, shelters and even the homeless on the street, the quiet continual preparation for A Grateful Mind was thought to be a gift of service & resources to an existing organization. Hence, yielding many failed attempts to pass the vision on to other ministries, A Grateful Mind International was officially incorporated & founded in 2011 to answer a divine call to formally connect with the many efforts to help struggling people that are in need; offer encouragement, hope and resources to create a positive change in their lives by helping them see that there are ‘better days’ beyond their current situation and that God will provide.
We have grown to understand that every problem has an expiration date; but to a person in a crisis that date seems like it will never come...that is why we exist. We were ‘created to serve’ and desire to help all whom we encounter through serving -restore humanity and move forward in life with a grateful mind.
We were created to serve! #BeTheFaceOfChange