Effective March 19, Member Share Grocery Program hours at our three UP Centers located in Orlando, Indian River County and St. Lucie County will transition to be Monday - Saturday, from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m., with our Orlando and St. Lucie County locations also operating Sundays from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. To streamline our operations to focus on the increased need at our main Indian River UP Center, our satellite grocery program located in South Vero Beach will close at 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 21.

As we continue to focus on serving the community during this increased time of need, our programs remain available to low-income families.

For more details on our response to this ever-changing situation, including the enhanced precautionary measures we are taking to protect every person who steps foot onto each of our campuses, please click here.

In stressful situations, many of our neighbors turn to United Against Poverty for information, direction and reassurance. Now more than ever, we are deeply grateful for your support.

Helping Others Help Themselves

We have all experienced difficult seasons in our lives—times where we felt hopeless or discouraged. It is in those moments that many of us turn to our close friends and family for guidance. Unfortunately, what we have seen time and time again is that the individuals who come to us in crisis situations are not fortunate enough to have those support systems. Without that first layer of a safety net, they fall further and further. Ultimately, individuals struggling with poverty end up operating in survival mode—focusing solely on how to get through the day rather than finding a way to break this dark and demoralizing cycle.

Last year, our neighbors in need turned to our Life Enrichment Center (LEC) a total of 10,729 times for crisis stabilization services. In the LEC, our experienced Crisis Navigators work alongside struggling individuals to provide the skills, resources and coaching needed to stabilize their life and work towards a permanent higher ground. Together, they create a customized action plan to determine which services and programs are best-suited to help stabilize their immediate needs and address the underlying root cause. This may include life coaching, mental health counseling, substance abuse treatment, domestic violence response, housing assessment and navigation, emergency food assistance and more. For many who have no where else to turn, these services are the difference between hope and despair.

This Spring, we invite you to help others help themselves by sponsoring the cost of these crucial services. An investment of $390 provides 41 units of crisis stabilization services– the average delivered daily, Monday-Friday, in our Life Enrichment Center. You can underwrite two hours of services with a gift of $114 or one hour of services for $57. Your gift will help restore dignity, teach empowerment and help our struggling neighbors overcome the obstacles holding them back from reaching their true potential. http://www.uporlando.org/donate