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We are on a mission to reduce the homeless population and stabilize our at-risk neighbors in East Orange County.


The Mission of the Samaritan Resource Center (SRC) is to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty by meeting the physical and spiritual needs of the homeless and other at-risk folks in East Orange County as a witness to the love of Jesus Christ.

The Samaritan Resource Center was incorporated in 2013 as a 501(c)3 nonprofit and formed through a partnership with several churches in East Orlando. Participating churches, includes but not limited to, Grace Journey, Orlando Wesleyan, Spirit of Joy Lutheran, University Presbyterian, and Woodbury Presbyterian. We are always looking for more partnerships with churches who can align with our Christian Mission Statement.

Since we began operating at our Colonial Drive center in 2013 we have helped 2,000 homeless individuals by providing assistance through applying for food stamps, SSI/SSD, Assurance phones; through partnerships with Goodwill's Job Connection Center, and with Lakeside Behavioral Center/Aspire; and through offering haircuts, clothing, prayer, and much more!

The SRC is here for a hand up, not a hand out. We are an official ACCESS FLORIDA Site.

Our History


Since 2013 the SRC has 2,000 active clients utilizing our services and have provided over 125,000 services such as assistance in applying for food stamps, Assurance phones, providing counseling, food, clothing, showers, laundry services, haircuts, and medical services through Shepperd’s Hope,and Lakeside Behavioral Center/Aspire and by offering prayer, and more! Orange County Government purchased and renovated the next-door building, 9837 East Colonial Drive, for the SRC to provide additional services including medical care. A partnership was signed with Shepperd’s Hope to provide medical services.

The SRC is here for a HAND UP, not a hand out. We are an official ACCESS FLORIDA Site.

  • 1998


    Members from local churches served breakfast at Downey Park every Saturday to help the increasing homeless population in East Orlando.

  • 2007


    A local church hosted Project Homeless connect, which brought other church partners and Orange County together to start thinking together how to meet this need.

  • 2010


    Volunteers at the SRC began providing mobile services for the homeless and at-risk population of East Orange county at three sites providing clothing, portable showers and other assistant services.

  • 2011


    The SRC is formed through a partnership with several churches in East Orlando, including Grace Journey, Orlando Wesleyan, Spirit of Joy Lutheran, University Presbyterian, Woodbury Presbyterian among others.

  • 2011


    (April 18)
    The SRC was officially incorporated and registered in the State of Florida in the State of Florida as a 501(c)(3) a not-for-profit organization giving the ability to accept financial contributions and donations.

  • 2013


    2013 (June) – With Orange County Government’s support, the SRC began operating at 9833 East Colonial Drive providing multiple services to the homeless in East Orange County. This building is better known as the Jordan River.

  • 2015


    Orange County government purchased and renovated the next-door building, 9837 East Colonial Drive, for the SRC to provide additional services including medical care. A partnership was signed with Shepperd’s Hope to provide medical service.

  • 2017


    The Samaritan Resource Center Inc. signs funding contract with Orange County to provide services to the homeless in East Orange County.

Board of Directors


Bill “Roto” Reuter

Bill “Roto” Reuter
Chairman & CEO
R-Squared Solutions

Michael Hart

Michael Hart
Vice President University Presbyterian Church

John Webb

John Webb
Treasurer
Strombeck Consulting CPAs

Ed “Jez” Jezisek

Ed “Jez” Jezisek
Secretary
Saab Defense & Security USA LLC, Training and Simulation

Christopher B. Akers

Christopher Akers
Director
Campus Crusade for Christ

Dawn Haynes

Dawn Haynes
CEO
Community Resource Network

Amy J. Nation

Amy J. Nation
Director /Healthcare Liaison
Block, Nation, Chace & Smolen Family Medicine

Sheila Sablain

Sheila Sablain
Director

Paul J. Scheck

Paul Scheck
Partner
Shutts & Bowen LLP

  • Bill “Roto” Reuter
  • Michael Hart
  • John Webb
  • Ed “Jez” Jezisek
  • Christopher B. Akers
  • Dawn Haynes
  • Amy J. Nation
  • Sheila Sablain
  • Paul J. Scheck
  • Bill “Roto” Reuter

    Bill “Roto” Reuter is the President and Chairman of the Board for the Samaritan Resource Center. He is one of three boys and grew up in a small Key West community. His lifelong dream was to become an astronaut. Although he gave it his best shot, his “dream” of becoming an astronaut never came to fruition. However, in the process of trying to reach it, he became a successful and respected Navy pilot and officer.

    One of his more demanding positions was as a test pilot, where his focus and that of his team’s was ensuring the safety for our nation’s pilots who would eventually use the same equipment after it was fielded. For Roto, these were the times he developed his clarity of purpose. He tested and qualified equipment and safety measures – some that might have saved not one, but two of his lost fellow Navy pilot friends had they been in place. It was in that environment — stressful but exhilarating, fulfilling and sometimes tragic — Roto began to develop his own understanding of what motivates people, how one builds trust and why groups achieve success.

    As a natural progression, Roto went from test pilot to commander for the Navy’s premier training system research and development organization, managing more than $1 billion in training solutions annually, and leading a diverse team of more than 1200 Navy professionals, both active duty and civilians.

    Roto’s commitment to service, his love for country, and his deep respect and care for humanity are evident in his zeal for life. His passion is to help people and organizations identify their challenges and implement plans for improving processes and organizations, and to help inspire leaders and encourage personal growth.

  • Michael Hart

    Michael Hart is the Vice President of the Samaritan Resource Center since 2014. After coming to understand the gospel in college at Murray State University, he served two years in Brazil doing campus ministry. He left Brazil for seminary in St. Louis, MO. During this time, he got his Masters of Divinity and met his wife Miriam on blind date. They now have four small children.

    While in seminary, he worked on staff with a homeless ministry in St. Louis for three years. He has worked for over ten years to help churches better serve the poor and marginalized in the community.

    Michael currently serves as one of the pastors at University Presbyterian Church (UPC) in East Orlando. He has recently helped to start a mercy committee to help his denomination better love and serve the poor in Central Florida. He is passionate to see the homeless and working poor individuals flourish physically, emotionally, and spiritually. UPC has served the local homeless for over 18 years through providing a weekly breakfast and a dinner on holidays, and they are now working with local schools to help transition families out of motels.

  • John Webb

    John A. Webb is the Treasurer for the Samaritan Resource Center. He currently serves as Partner Senior Business Adviser for Strombeck, a CPA/Consulting firm in Orlando, Florida. He has held senior financial management positions in companies public and private, profit and non-profit, from startup to $350M in revenues. He spent 16 years on the staff with Cru, and is an elder at University Presbyterian Church. He is the husband of Dianne, and father of Adrien, Krissa and Erica, and ‘Papa’ of Emma. He has earned his MBA from Rollins College and a BS in Accounting from the University of Arizona.

    Prior to joing the Strombeck firm, John served as CFO and VP of Operations of a publicly trade biotech firm. He has also served as Controller for a $160 million family-owened manurfacturing firm, and Cfo for a VC-funded technology start-up. This wealth of public company experience enables him to improve private business client’s complience, which increases their competive advantage when "running with big dobs.“ As much and MBA and CP, John knows how important business strategy is for increasing profits. With 30 years under his belt in corporate and entreprenurial financial management, John is able to assess element of strategy beyond finance. His industry media/publishing, real estate and beaty/skin care, financial services and agricultural industries.

  • Ed “Jez” Jezisek

    Ed “Jez” Jezisek is an active Board Member of the Samaritan Resource Center since 2017. He currently the Senior Business Development Manager for Saab Defense and Security USA LLC, Training and Simulation.

    He manages U.S. business development efforts that reinforce and grow the business objectives of Saab within the military, government, and commercial/industrial sectors; and leads the capture of major programs for Saab Training and Simulation Site Orlando, Florida.

    Ed previously served in the United States Air Force as Deputy Group Commander and Squadron Commander, and maintained combat readiness in flying as part of multiple fighter units in peace and at war; and served as Deputy Commander of the Warrior Preparation Center in Germany. He deployed multiple times to locations around the world including command of the 4th Expeditionary Air Support Operations Center supporting the US Army V Corps in Iraq in 2003.

    His education includes a Master of Aeronautical Science degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, a Bachelor of Engineering degree from the US Air Force Academy, and various military education achievements including Air War College, Air Command and Staff College, and Squadron Officer’s School.

    Ed is active in the Orlando Modeling and Simulation community and is an active member of the following: National Defense Industrial Association, the Order of Daedalians, the Air Force Association, U.S. Air Force Academy Association of Graduates, and the Army Aviation Association of America.

    Ed is also an active member of Northland Church, Oviedo campus and serves on the Board of Directors for the Samaritan Resource Center to help break the cycle of homelessness and poverty in our area.

    Ed is an instructor and evaluator pilot with over 4000 flight hours, primarily in the A/OA-10, T-38 and T-37 and earned the Bronze Star medal in combat supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003. He has an extensive background in platform instruction and courseware development; and led the development and implementation of the Night Vision Goggle curriculum for the A/OA-10 fleet in the late 1990’s. In July 2009, Ed retired with honor from the U.S. Air Force after 25 years of continuous active service in the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, USAF.

  • Christopher B. Akers

    Chris Akers is one of the founders of the Samaritan Resource Center (SRC). He is an active member of SRC since 2011.

  • Dawn Haynes

    Dawn Haynes is CEO of Community Resource Network (CRN), the non-profit organization founded by Dr. Joel C. Hunter. CRN is leading and facilitating a coordinated community-wide system of support for families who are experiencing precariously housed homelessness in Central Florida. She joined the Board of Directors at the Samaritan Resource Center in February 2019. Dawn also serves on the Central Florida Commission on Homelessness Board and the Community and Support Services Board for Catholic Charities of Central Florida.

    Dawn has over 30 years’ executive leadership experience driving strategy, business growth and economic development across a broad spectrum of industry sectors in both domestic and international markets. She has worked for multi-national organizations including British Airways, The Walt Disney Company, and Weight Watchers International, as well as running her own consulting company that assisted both corporate and entrepreneurial clients. Dawn holds an MBA from the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College, and has served as an Adjunct Professor in the professional MBA program at the UCF Executive Development Center.

    Dawn’s “People First” philosophy, collaborative leadership style, and passion for problem-solving has supported the facilitation of numerous successful alignments of people, processes and systems to implement strategic solutions to maximize cultural, social and commercial impact.

  • Amy J. Nation

    Dr. Amy J. Nation is a proud Board Member of the Samaritan Resource Center since 2017 taking on the role of Healthcare Liaison. She is Board Certified in Family Practice by the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians in October 1997 and Recertified in 2006.

    In 1997, she did her Family Practice Residency at Florida Hospital East Orlando and her internship in 1995. She obtained her Osteopathic Medicine degree at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1994. In 1991 she obtained her M.S. Exercise Physiology education at Florida State University and obtained her B.S. degree in Exercise Science in 1987.

    Dr. Nation currently has hospital privileges at Winter Park Memorial Hospital since 1997 and at Orlando Regional Medical Center since 2000. She was part of the Winter Park Memorial Hospital Medical Care Committee 1997 – 1998, and is part of the following professional societies: Florida Medical Association 1999 - Present, American Academy of Family Physicians 1997 - Present, Florida Academy of Family Physicians 1992 - Present, Orange County Medical Society 1999 - Present, American Osteopathic Association 1990 - Present, American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians 1990 - Present, American Academy of Osteopathy 1995 - 1997, Undergraduate American Academy of Osteopathy 1995 - 1997, Undergraduate American of Osteopathy 1990 - 1991.

    Dr. Nation enjoys her children, Katherine and Olivia very much and also enjoys swimming, theatre, cycling and loves to travel.

  • Sheila Sablain

    Sheila Sablain is Operations Director at the Samaritan Resource Center (SRC) responsible for managing a successful process at the center.

    In 2011, Sheila joined a handful of other ladies, who took the new SRC mobile to various local churches providing mobile showers, food and clothing to the homeless living in the woods. Since then, the SRC became a blessed home base for the homeless in East Orange County and growing beyond belief.

    As a Christ follower, and being passionate for the homeless and at-risk individuals, Sheila has been involved with the homeless ministry for over 35 years trying to make a difference in these people’s lives. She was part of a small group that started Samaritan Resource Center in June of 2013. “I am grateful and honored to be able to minister to our clients at Samaritan Resource Center.”

    Sheila is a mother of five and has been married to her husband Chris for 37 years.

  • Paul J. Scheck

    Paul Scheck is a partner in the Orlando office of Shutts & Bowen LLP, where he is a member of the Labor and Employment Practice Group. He joined the Board of Directors at the Samaritan Resource Center on February 2019.

    A Martindale Hubbell AV® rated attorney, Paul has been named one of the Best Lawyers in America® in Labor and Employment Law. He has worked with employers and human resources professionals for almost 20 years, and has assisted them through many labor and employment challenges, from corporate policies to wage and hour matters, non-compete claims to discrimination and harassment cases, ADA Title II accessibility claims to unfair labor practice charges.

    With a sole focus on representing management, Paul is thoroughly familiar with the employment issues that arise in day-to-day operations. This strength allows him to anticipate potential problems and build strategies to help avoid disputes. He also represents clients in litigation, both in state and Federal courts, as well as before administrative agencies including the EEOC, FCHR and NLRB.

    Outside of litigation, Paul often advises clients on personnel consultation, labor union avoidance and supervisory training, as well as corporate policy issues. He additionally has extensive experience in public and private sector union matters, ranging from union avoidance to collective bargaining issues.

  • Bill “Roto” Reuter
  • Michael Hart
  • John Webb
  • Ed “Jez” Jezisek
  • Christopher B. Akers
  • Dawn Haynes
  • Amy J. Nation
  • Sheila Sablain
  • Paul J. Scheck

Staff


Carmenza U. Gonzalez

Carmenza U. Gonzalez
Executive Director

Sheila Sablain

Sheila Sablain
Operations Director

Roy Davis

Roy Davis
Custodian ————–

Aaron Simmons

Aaron Simmons
Jordan River Assistant

  • Carmenza U. Gonzalez
  • Sheila Sablain
  • Roy Davis
  • Aaron Simmons
  • Carmenza U. Gonzalez

    Carmenza U. Gonzalez is the Executive Director for the Samaritan Resource Center (SRC) since March of 2018. She is responsible for providing leadership in creating the organization’s consistent achievement of its mission and financial objectives.

    Carmenza has been in Orange County since 1988 and brings over twenty-five years of experience in economic and business development, community and investor relations, and is skilled in working with public and private sectors. In 2011she founded CZA Inc. a Global Business Development Consulting firm in Winter Park assisting companies to establish and grow their business in Florida by facilitating business and government connections, industry and sector information, and market research services.

    Prior to launching CZA Inc., she led the international trade and foreign direct investment initiatives for the Orlando MSA as Vice President of International Business Development for the Orlando Economic Development Commission (EDC). Carmenza also worked for other companies including Florida Hospital, Mattel Toys and for the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee for the 1984 Olympic Games.

    She obtained an Executive MBA Certificate, and Bachelor of Arts degree in International Affairs from Rollins College. She is also Certified Export Trade Specialist from Thunderbird University, Phoenix, Arizona and is Fluent in English and Spanish.

  • Sheila Sablain

    Sheila Sablain is Operations Director at the Samaritan Resource Center (SRC) responsible for managing a successful process at the center.

    In 2011, Sheila joined a handful of other ladies, who took the new SRC mobile to various local churches providing mobile showers, food and clothing to the homeless living in the woods. Since then, the SRC became a blessed home base for the homeless in East Orange County and growing beyond belief.

    As a Christ follower, and being passionate for the homeless and at-risk individuals, Sheila has been involved with the homeless ministry for over 35 years trying to make a difference in these people’s lives. She was part of a small group that started Samaritan Resource Center in June of 2013. “I am grateful and honored to be able to minister to our clients at Samaritan Resource Center.”

    Sheila is a mother of five and has been married to her husband Chris for 37 years.

  • Roy Davis

    Roy Davis is the heart of the Samaritan Resource Center (SRC) family. He is the Custodian responsible for maintaining the SRC facilities ensuring that spaces are prepared for the next day.

    Roy is a great success story for the SRC! He was homeless before... Roy started out as a client, and eventually transitioned into an integral volunteer. Since he started coming to the SRC, he has started living a healthier lifestyle, and for that we are so proud of him. Roy was able to find purpose when he came to us at the SRC and was volunteering with us for over four years always willing to help with anything and everything. The team at the SRC depend on him and are so glad to have him as a part of the family. Roy has been homeless for over 20 years, his case manager helped him apply for housing a couple of years ago, but he hasn't had any luck yet. In order to show our gratitude to Roy for all of his help, his case manager was able to house him in a local hotel.

    He is currently on a waiting list to move into an apartment nearby the Samaritan Center so that he can continue to ride his bicycle to get to work.

  • Aaron Simmons

    Aaron Simmons
    Jordan River Assistant

  • Carmenza U. Gonzalez
  • Sheila Sablain
  • Roy Davis
  • Aaron Simmons

Volunteers


The Samaritan Resource Center is a 96% volunteer operated resource center. We are blessed to have an average of twenty volunteers on a daily basis providing services to our clients. Since 2015 our volunteers have contributed over 30,000 hours of their time to fulfill the SRC’s mission. They check-in clients, provide them food, clothing, counseling, showers, haircuts, laundry services, laundry among other services. Without their commitment, punctuality, care and love to help the homeless, this would not be possible.

We We love our volunteers Our Volunteers... they are the Heart of the SRC!!

Lead Volunteers


Mary Ann Cervenka

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Joan Cichanowski

Joan Cichanowski
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Joan Stephens

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  • Mary Ann Cervenka
  • Joan Cichanowski
  • Joan Stephens
  • Mary Ann Cervenka

    Mary Ann has been a volunteer at the Samaritan Resource Center since 2010, responsible for leading the Case Manager team on Tuesdays and Thursdays. She was with the first group of volunteers in the newly formed Samaritan Resource Center that went mobile from church to church. Being Christ’s hands and heart to our hurting neighbors, has been an honor and a privilege for Mary Ann. Though involved with homeless ministry since 2005, serving the marginalized had been her vision long before that. It is her greatest joy and privilege.

    Also assisting clients searching for employment, she maintains a current list of local job openings. Dually certified as an administrative specialist and in Microsoft Word, Mary Ann uses those skills to write client resumes and in interview preparation. In addition, she researches/ updates the Samaritan Resource Manual on a regular basis to keep the Case Managers informed.

    Previous to that, Mary Ann worked over 25 years as a Registered Dental Hygienist, providing dental care to many patients throughout her career, and formulating in-office dental programs. She also served as Secretary for the Greater Orlando Dental Hygiene Association, helping to organize and host fundraisers for organizations such as the Health Care Center for the Homeless.

    Mary Ann hopes she can continue to ease and eradicate homelessness. She has stated “Continuing to volunteer, and to be a part of Jesus’ loving work of grace is my highest aspiration.”

  • Joan Cichanowski

    Joan Cichanowski is a Caseworker at Samaritan Resource Center responsible for Grant Writing and also has additional administration data entry duties. She is a fulltime volunteer.

    Housing for the homeless requires numerous documentation to be updated and scanned into client’s records. Joan’s Paralegal degree along with years of experience with Excel spreadsheets, has given her the ability to correct and update client records to comply with the reporting requirements. Her ability and experience in working in a technology helpline enables her to correct, on the spot, minor computer issues. Creating a comprehensive profile page for Central Florida Foundation to describe the needs and to obtain grants for Samaritan Resource Center which is a work in process to fulfill those needs.

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    Joan is also accountable for attending the Central Florida's Coordinated Entry System meetings which is a client-centered process that through data-driven methods, streamlines access to supportive services and housing in order to serve the most vulnerable homeless people in our community.

  • Joan Stephens

    Joan Stephens has been a devoted volunteer at the Samaritan Resource Center (SRC) since the center officially opened in 2013.

    In 2010, together with two other volunteers, Joan started to provide mobile services to the homeless in East Orange County, providing them with food, showers, clothing and kindness. This dedicated commitment to the homeless, initiated the establishment of what is today the Samaritan Resource Center.

    She is the Volunteer Coordinator for the SRC and leads the Case Management team on Mondays and Wednesdays. She is also the event planner and organizer for the center. Joan was responsible for decorating both the Bethel and Jordan River buildings and continues to do so as we plan future expansions.

    Joan enjoys helping those who have so little and hopefully help them to make better decisions and realize that they are precious in their makers eyes.

  • Mary Ann Cervenka
  • Joan Cichanowski
  • Joan Stephens

OUR PARTNERS


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  • Shepards Hope.min
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  • Aspire.min
  • Veterans Affairs.min
  • Goodwill.min
  • Upc.min
  • Spirit Of Joy.min
  • The Wesleyan Church
  • Woodbury.min
  • Grace Journey.min

Do you need help or know someone that needs help?

It is important to know that the SRC is a faith-based, volunteer operated resource center for the homeless and at-risk member of East Orange County. We are NOT a shelter. We provide services Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. If you or someone you know needs help, you have come to the right place. We are a drop-in center where you can get food, and life-changing services to help adult individuals get back on their feet. Please contact us at 407.482.0600 to get more details.

We accept: Homeless adult individuals that are homeless and are in East Orange County. Must be legal Identification, Social Security card, and birth certificate.

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