End of Compassion Week at Church on the Living Edge
The Church on the Living Edge was completing their compassion week with a big celebration Downtown Orlando. My 15 year old son, Taylor Frank, Robert O’Hare (15 years old) and myself, Kimberlee Frank, headed Downtown to Orlando to celebrate. When we got there, the city was full of people heading to restaurants, going home, going to work and many homeless. We found a parking spot and headed to the ample theater to listen to the great music. At the end of the night, the saints (members) of the Church of the Living Edge was to give out bags of groceries to the needy. We finally got a seat and were singing with the music when the three of us decided that we were going to hit the streets and start telling everyone we saw that at 9:00 p.m. they could get FREE FOOD. People couldn’t believe that the Church on the Living Edge was giving away free food.
We had spoken with many people by the water and then headed down the street when we heard a voice scream “Taylor”. We all looked and it was Taylor’s friend, a young boy still in high school that lived in our neighborhood. He had just turned 18 years old. We were happy to see him and asked him what he was doing Downtown Orlando. He responded to us that he was homeless for the pass 3 days living on the streets. We couldn’t believe it, we were all in shock! This boy is a straight A student and has two divorced parents to live with. He explained that he was on the streets for mistakes that he had made with his mother. We gave him $45 and our telephone numbers to call if we could help. I didn’t know what to do as a parent, I wanted to take him home but it was just 7 p.m. and we were going to be here until 9 p.m. He showed us where he was sleeping on the corner of Rosaline and Pine on the churches stairs. There were approximately 30 people sleeping on the entrance. We told them all about the Free Food and asked them to come down at 9 p.m.
We walked back to the theater to wait to hand out the bags. We were so happy that we told about 75 people and were looking forward to giving them groceries. At 9 p.m. hardly any of them showed up except Taylor’s friend who informed us that if they would not leave their spot because their belongings would get stolen and they would lose their spot to sleep the night. The three of us decided to take the food to them. That evening Church on the Living Edge gave out 300 to 500 bags of food to the needy.
My boys seeing their friend on the street really made them realize how lucky they have it. They also had many questions about the people on the streets. Our economy has affected many people. We all need to reach out and help other people in their time of need. We felt great we were able to be part of compassion week. However, we felt terrible about Taylor’s friend. When we were ready to leave, I decided I was going to take him home with us but couldn’t find him.
All the way home we talked about what type of foods someone who was homeless could use without having to refrigerator it or heat it up: Here is a list we came up with: peanut butter, jelly, crackers, fruit roll ups, pop-tarts, cereal, potatoes chips, anything in cans that had pop lids, dried food and more. When we got home, the boys where so upset about their friend we went to the father’s house to tell him about his son. At first he was yelling and then changed his tone of voice. He said his son had to hit rock bottom before he could help. (there are always two sides to the story). We left knowing we did our best for Taylor’s friend and now it was up to his parents to take responsibility and help their son.
Thank you God for allowing us to be a part of this compassion week and showing us so much. May your hand of favor reach out to all the people in need during this rough economy. Thanks, Church on the Living Edge and Bishop Mark Chirrona for reaching out to the community. This was a night that my boys or I will never forget.
Always thank god for what you have,
Kimberlee Frank Broker Short Sale Expert
Kimberlee Frank is known as “The Real Estate Junkie,” for her unique ability to find ways to creatively help buyers and sellers no matter which direction the real estate market is heading. Kimberlee had already worked as a legal administrator for an Attorney, Builder and Broker for 18 years when she began her Real Estate career in 1998. She dotted the i’s and crossed the t’s on hundreds of real estate transactions and thousands of documents, making her an expert in real estate documentation. Kimberlee’s success began in Fenton, Michigan. She specialized in selling, purchasing, renovating, retailing and lease optioning single-family homes. She has helped many sellers get rid of their “headaches” and helped many buyers find their dream homes!
Since 2003, she has specialized in foreclosures and short sales. After realizing how many families were being forced out of their homes due to financial difficulties, Kimberlee had a heartfelt obligation to use her experience to help those families. She has mitigated and closed over 500 short sales with the mortgage companies, saving Sellers from going into foreclosure. In 2006, Kimberlee and her family moved to Florida. She lives in Oviedo and her Sell Fast Realty Office is in Winter Springs, serving residential and commercial sellers and buyers in multiple counties in Central and Southern Florida.
Kimberlee is also a Trainer and Mentor and has created several different “How To” systems on real estate. Her unique strategies continue to educate real estate professionals across the country. If you have a proven system to help others out of hardship, why wouldn’t you duplicate it and share it with as many people as you can? Kimberlee continues to work with this philosophy!
Kimberlee Frank has been featured on ABC, NBC, FOX, CBS as well as Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, USA Today and numerous other publications. She is the bestselling author of “Big Ideas for Your Business” (Advantage Media 2009). She was also selected as the #1 Short Sale Expert by America’s Premiers Experts.
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