Space to Grow (STG) was founded in 2005 by friends who wanted to give back more profoundly to the women and children in the Orlando community. Today, STG is a community-based organization that connects people and companies to volunteer opportunities with the Women’s Residential & Counseling Center (WRCC) and The Greatest Investment Girls’ Empowerment Summer Camp (TGI).

The mission of Space to Grow is to engage the community to support non-profit organizations in Central Florida that focus on families and children through unique fundraising, volunteering and networking opportunities. Space to Grow strives to assist non-profit organizations to build stronger families through community service projects that empower, enrich and educate all participants.

Our goal is to create innovative projects that leverage the power of partnerships to address the barriers that stand in the way of self-sufficiency, self-love and self-confidence. Our partners include individuals, non-profit organizations, corporations, groups and foundations. Most of our activities benefit WRCC, a transitional housing facility of the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida that provides resources to assist single women and mothers who are homeless and/or victims of domestic violence. Women who live at WRCC are case managed and have access to a wide variety of resources and services, including an on-site Early Childhood Development Center, counseling and job placement.

Accomplishments:

We have produced over 20 unique Giving Events© since February 2006, many of which have become annual signature events. Our Giving Events© have raised over $12,000 in direct donations to non-profit organizations. In addition we have collected an estimated $21,000 value in In-Kind donations from individual and corporate sponsors.  Giving Events© participants have logged over 8000 volunteer hours with an estimated dollar value of approximately $142,240.


Past Giving Events© include: Annual Baskets of Love Initiative.  Raffle Drawings. Holiday themed parties. Spirit Nights. Children’s Spring Parties.  Monthly Babysitting Nights. Back to School Block Parties & School Supply Drives. Backyard Movie Nights. Collection Drives. Field Trips.  Holiday Wish List Adoptions. We are very proud of our accomplishments and are grateful to all of our supporters who make this type of success possible - we couldn’t do it with our volunteers and sponsors.

Board of Directors:

Gigi Moorman; Jillian Baptiste; Nadine Mentor; Jerri McClinton; Zahide Love; Michelle Scott; Anita Newson; Aswadah Capers; Cassandra McAboy-Taylor; Angela Glenn

Testimonials:

On behalf of the clients and staff at Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida, I want to express my appreciation for your continued commitment to our Women’s Residential and Counseling Center (WRCC).  You, your volunteers and sponsors at Space to Grow have truly made a difference in the lives of the women and children we serve at WRCC.  The “Baskets of Love” that overflow with hygiene supplies, detergent, quarters for laundry, gift cards, and other items have made Valentine’s Day extra-special for a number of years.  The thousands of dollars raised through your vacation package raffles last year and this have gone far to fund some of the specific needs at this transitional housing facility; and  the December 13th Day of Beauty was a great success. These are but a few of the many ways you have given to the Coalition.   We are extremely fortunate to have your dedication to our mission and, through Space to Grow, that of everyone who is working with you.

Brent A. Trotter, President/CEO, Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida (February 2010)