The Christian Sharing Center
How We Help
The Christian Sharing Center assists with basic and essential needs during times of personal financial crises caused by job loss and medical issues. Clients may receive food and clothing, help with costs of rent/mortgage, transportation, bus tokens, costs of prescriptions and other medical issues, utilities, household goods. Children or adults in the family may be assisted in special ways specific to their individual or family needs.
Both a MedNet Navigator and a Health Navigator are on staff to assist children & adults in need of life-saving medications or a physician’s care. Disabled adults are helped to gain therapy and skills to be employed again or to find appropriate housing to accommodate their disabilities.
The Sharing Center is purchasing its 37,804 sq. ft. plaza in Longwood as a permanent home and endowment for future needs of Seminole County’s working poor, transforming it into a one-stop hub offering help with a variety of needs in one location, as additional services are added and other non-profits welcomed to the site.
The Sharing Center opened a new Oasis daytime service for homeless in October, 2011 to provide a place to shower, wash clothes, work on job searches, and do homework. The only facility of its kind located in Seminole County, the Oasis gives homeless and precariously housed families an ability to retain their dignity in their struggle to get back to a more stable life.
A Glimpse at How We Work
Since 1986, The Christian Sharing Center has worked to prevent homelessness by helping children & families with critical needs during financial crises caused by job loss and health issues. We strive to give people not just food and other tangible aid, but a warm welcome that lets them know they have friends during their struggle. Services are offered free of charge at casework sites in Longwood and Sanford.
The Sharing Center is a non-profit 501(c)(3) faith-based agency that enjoys the support of businesses, congregations, civic groups, social groups, scout troops and schools, as well as caring individuals who work together to help our neighbors in need.
Our Thrift Store and our Good Samaritan Society are our major fund-raisers, augmented with many donations and grants from foundations and trusts. We network with other non-profit and local agencies to better assist people in need in our community.
A volunteer Board of Directors oversees operation of The Sharing Center, offering expertise in various business and civic areas and representing local congregations and denominations. Paid staff includes a President/CEO, Director of Development, Director of Operations, Director of Client Services, Health Navigator, MedNet Navigator, and others who work directly with clients or in other areas of the agency. Volunteers and student interns also assist.