How can 750 ducks racing around Island H2O Waterpark’s lazy river help raise financial support for mental health services and homelessness advocacy? The answer is the Pathway Homes of Florida’s 2nd Annual Duck Race that took place on Friday, June 10 at Island H2O Waterpark in Kissimmee.

With over 7,000 individuals facing homelessness in Central Florida, Pathway Homes of Florida Inc. works to prevent and end homelessness in the community by moving individuals from homelessness into permanent stable housing. The organization provides services to chronically homeless adults with severe mental illnesses, substance abuse disorders and/or other co-occurring disabilities.

So, when the 750 little “sponsored” rubber ducks raced around the lazy river, they did so to educate, advocate, and raise funds to end homelessness as well as provide mental health services to those in need in Central Florida?

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“I was honored to be a part of the 2022 duck race at Island H2O water park, which benefited Pathway Homes of Florida. While it was a fun event, it had a serious cause. Pathway Homes of Florida is a dedicated partner in the ongoing efforts to prevent and end homelessness in our community. Together, we can make a difference,” District 4 Osceola County Commissioner Cheryl Grieb, a supporter of the Pathway Homes 2nd Annual Duck Race shared after the event.

The $25,000 raised at the event will go to Pathway Homes of Florida’s mission to provide residential case management and mental health services for homeless families and individuals in Central Florida.

“As a board member, I see the effect of poverty and homelessness every single day. Pathway Homes of Florida is a leading way of helping children and their parents to get housing and the help they need to overcome their struggles,” Osceola School Board Chair Terry Castillo said at the 2nd Annual Duck Race.

In attendance at the Pathway Homes 2nd Annual Duck Race, which was emceed by Channel 6 Chief Meteorologist Tom Sorrells, were Kissimmee Police Chief Jeff O’ Dell, Osceola County Sheriff Marcos Lopez, Osceola County Commissioner Cheryl Grieb, Osceola School District Chair Terry Castillo, and Pathway Homes CEO Dr. Sylisa Lambert-Woodard.

Source: Pathway to Homes of Florida, Inc.