St. Luke's United Methodist Church


4851 S. Apopka-Vineland Road
Orlando, FL 32819
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Restoring Hope


Vision 2020+ Restoring Hope

Ending Family Homelessness!
Be Part of the Solution!

As part of our Vision for Restoring Hope to impact family homelessness and childhood hunger, we are looking at ways that we can help make this vision a reality.

We can do this, but it will take all of us!

Please watch this video and share it with others too!

Contact Amy Winslow email or call 407.876.4991, ext. 297.


Restoring Hope Serving Opportunities– U Can Help Restore Hope

Drive It Forward Car Ministry

Transportation is a HUGE barrier to stability for families experiencing poverty. St. Luke’s Car Ministry is a new group committed to helping families donate used vehicles to those in need, and to set up maintenance days for oil changes. 

Our next Oil Change event will be on October 30, 2021.

Grow it Forward @ St. Luke’s Farm

Come be a part of the movement and help Grow it Forward, by volunteering on the Micro Farm on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.


Restoring Hope FAQ 

  • How will my gift help children and families?
    • Your Restoring Hope Offering will go to:
      • moving working families from motels, storage units, and over-crowded houses into their own apartments
      • closing meal gaps for children facing hunger and who don’t know where their next meal is coming from
      • connecting families with Jobs Partnership, Circles and other empowering programs.
  • How many children and families will be served? 
    • With your gifts…
      • 60 families who are homeless at Maxey and Mollie Ray Elementary Schools (St. Luke’s Educational IMPACT partner schools) could gain stable housing.
      • 1,400+ food insecure youth at Olympia High School could focus on their studies instead of worrying about having enough to eat.
      • 50 young people in East Winter Garden will have consistent access to nutritious food options.
  • How can I Restore Hope for children and families?

    • Mail your gift to: St. Luke’s United Methodist Church (c/o Finance Office) 4851 S. Apopka-Vineland Rd. Orlando, FL 32819
    • Tap “Give” on the home screen of the app
    • Click/tap the “give” button below or visit and select “Restoring Hope” from the dropdown menu.

Restoring Hope: Housing

Stable Housing – St. Luke’s partners with 30 families from Maxey Elementary and Mollie Ray Elementary Schools. These families are precariously housed – living in motels or doubled up in over-crowded houses. Since June 2019, we have 12 families we have helped move into their own rental units.

Restoring Hope: Nutrition

Food Security – This initiative has two areas of focus: teen hunger and building a county-wide network to end hunger. In partnership with Olympia High School and Second Harvest, St. Luke’s is providing healthy snacks and fresh produce to students through a student-run Titan Market Place.  St. Luke’s is also one of 5 lead organizations which is bringing together organizations, advocates, government agencies, businesses and higher education institutions to build the Central Florida Alliance to End Hunger.

St. Luke’s has a Micro Farm on campus!

In 2018, our congregation voted to impact Family Homelessness and Childhood Hunger. This can only be achieved through long-term, sustainable programs allowing the community to step forward and own it! Our micro farm is a pilot program we hope will GROW throughout the community!

Restoring Hope: Empowerment (Car Ministry, Computer Ministry)

Empowerment  – Once families are stabilized through the transition of becoming renters, we begin to connect them with empowerment programs such Circles and Jobs Partnership. These programs prepare participants for long-term stability and change the trajectory of multiple generations.

New Car Ministry

St. Luke’s new Car Ministry helps struggling families stay on the road.

Contact Amy Winslow at for more information on how to become part of a team to help with minor auto maintenance.

If you have a vehicle to donate, please contact Amy Winslow.

Training Information

Welcome to our Training Information section where you can become familiar with our training held throughout the year and stay updated on the current training schedule.

 Cultural Intelligence (CQ)

CQ is the capability to function effectively in a variety of cultural contexts—including national, ethnic, organizational, generational, and many other cultures. Enhance the multicultural understanding and effectiveness of your ministry with this only evidence-based assessment of Cultural Intelligence (CQ). This is for anyone wanting to participate in a global ministry team or serving locally in a cross-cultural setting.

Upcoming Event Date: TBA

 Virtual Racial Wealth Gap Simulation

How does racism function at a policy level to create wealth gaps where poverty, hunger and homelessness can thrive?

The Racial Wealth Gap Learning Simulation is an interactive tool which helps participants learn how federal policies created structural inequalities, and how these policies increase hunger and poverty in communities of color.

Upcoming Event Date: TBA


Mission Effectiveness 101: Moving Beyond Benevolence

Explore ways to balance charity or relief work with initiatives that are relational and measure long-term impact.  Participants will discuss how to move beyond charity and benevolence toward a balance of missions that includes betterment and development. The workshop will discuss mission from a United Methodist and Wesleyan perspective, what the Bible says about poverty, and asset-based development. This course provides a safe environment in which to explore how to understand diversity, the personal filter one takes into the field when serving, and serving with people from very different backgrounds.

Upcoming Event Date: TBA





Poverty Solutions Group – the lead organization for Circles Central Florida – provides immersive training opportunities for individuals, groups, and organizations aimed at raising awareness, shifting mindsets, and creating community change.

Bridges out of Poverty – Learn about the dynamics that cause and maintain poverty from the individual to the systemic level. Based on Ruby Payne’s Understanding Poverty bestselling book, Bridges covers the “hidden rules” of class (poverty, middle, and wealthy) and helps people from all walks of life to better understand and communicate with people from a diversity of backgrounds.

Cost of Poverty Experience (C.O.P.E.) – A 90-minute interactive online experience, designed to give your organization a glimpse into the lives of low-income families. Virtual COPE provides an online experience for individuals and organizations to better understand poverty, learn from people making the journey out of poverty, and become a change-maker in their organization.

To learn more about Bridges out of Poverty or the Cost of Poverty Experience through Poverty Solutions Group, please click on the link below.

Contact Amy Winslow email or call 407.876.4991, ext. 297.

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