As part of part of our mission statement, UCF Marriage and Family Research Institute actively seeks out and cultivates relationships with a wide range of local community partners. In particular, it is our goal to build and maintain strong community engaged partnerships that support the greater Orlando community.
Below is a list of many of the programs, organizations, agencies, and institutions with whom we have had past or current collaborations, affiliation agreements, or contracts. If you are part of or know about other organizations you think would be interested in partnering with us, please let us know by contacting us and we will respond soon!
PLEASE NOTE: Inclusion on this page does not imply any kind of endorsement of these products or services by either party. Additionally, websites can change rapidly and we apologize for any broken or out-of-date links.
AceApplications, LLC (“AceApplications”) is a technology solutions and staffing provider for businesses, schools, and government agencies, delivering custom software and web development, cloud applications, IT staffing, business consulting and technology sales.
CareerSource Central Florida provides no-cost employment and training solutions to local job seekers through offices in Orange, Osceola, Lake, Seminole and Sumter Counties. Services are also available for employers. CareerSource collaborates with the MFRI to teach career boosters to the Project Harmony participants.
Christian HELP carries out its mission to prevent homelessness by helping people find jobs while providing for them materially and spiritually through a variety of different services.
- Employment Assistance
- Material Needs
- Spiritual Support
The Child Support Program’s purpose is to help children get the financial support they need when it is not received from one or both parents. To accomplish this, they work directly with the families they serve and partner with state and federal agencies and private companies to carry out critical steps in the child support process.
The Department of Children & Families Services Division provides services designed to protect children from abuse and neglect, and provides services to at risk families. The Department offers several programs that can help Florida families. These include ACCESS Florida, Adult Services, and Child Care.
Harbor House works to prevent and eliminate domestic abuse in Central Florida by providing critical life-saving services to survivors, implementing and advancing best practices, and educating and engaging the community in a united front.
DOH-Orange is responsible for protecting, promoting and improving the health of the county’s 1.2 million residents and over 59 million annual visitors. The Departments is organized into a number of program areas that focus on the surveillance, prevention, detection and treatment of the most significant health and environmental issues within the county
The Seminole County Health Department works to protect, promote, & improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county, & community efforts. The Florida Department of Health in Seminole County provides children, families, men, and women with quality, professional specialty care services such as clinical services, breast and cervical screenings, dental care, family planning, healthy start, immunizations, etc.
The Hispanic Help Center is a nonprofit organization committed to empower low income families to gain optimum quality of life through access to homeownership opportunities, financial assistance, health services, food program, job training, and job placement and children development.
SafeHouse is dedicated to ending the cycle of domestic violence in Seminole County, Florida. SafeHouse of Seminole acts as a catalyst for change, working towards a safe future for all. They provide counseling, personal advocacy services, and emergency shelter for women, children, and men surviving domestic abuse. Their mission as a next-generation shelter is to transform lives, empowering individuals to end the cycle of domestic abuse through prevention, intervention, and protection.
The center was created with the mission to promote and empower the GLBT Community and its allies through information, education, advocacy and support. Looking to transform our community by inspiring and connecting people and organizations, promoting acceptance and inclusion, empowering them to achieve their potential. The Center provides a range of programs, services, events, and mental and physical health resources that the GLBT community needs to live happy, healthy lives. The Center also offers regularly a wide variety of arts, culture, entertainment, and educational events.
WIC is a federally funded nutrition program for Women, Infants, and Children. WIC provides the following at no cost: healthy foods, nutrition education and counseling, breastfeeding support, and referrals for health care and community services.
WIC is a federally funded nutrition program for Women, Infants, and Children. WIC provides the following at no cost: healthy foods, nutrition education and counseling, breastfeeding support, and referrals for health care and community services. In Seminole County, the WIC Program is part of the Florida Department of Health in Seminole County. Offices are located in Sanford and Casselberry.
The Orange County Community Action Division created the centers to help the less fortunate in Florida. While most of their programs include referrals to other non-profits or government benefits, such as LIHEAP, they also do administer some of their own crisis programs for needs including rent, food, water and electric bills and more. They also are heavily involved in providing job and employment assistance in the county.
Goodwill Industries of Central Florida offers life-changing services to those in need. In 2015, provided over 42,900 people with job training – helping them address barriers such as disabilities, homelessness, and lack of skills so they can enter or re-enter the workforce.
Head Start is a program of the United States Department of Health and Human Services that provides comprehensive early childhood education, health, nutrition, and parent involvement services to low-income children and their families.
The Healthy Start program is available to all pregnant women and mothers with infants. This program is voluntary and eligibility is not based on financial factors. A free health screening is provided at your first visit with a doctor or at the hospital after your baby is born. The health screening helps to identify if your baby is at-risk for:
- Pre-term birth
- Health problems
- Fetal/infant death
- Low birth weight
- Developmental delays
The Orange County Library System provides Information, Imagination and Inspiration to more than four million visitors annually. Numerous technology classes are offered along with author signings, special events and programs throughout the year. The Library is involved in several programs and partnerships to foster early reading success among elementary students and the Orlando Public Library features “Club Central,” a hip area specifically for tweens and teens (ages 11-18).
Children’s Home Society was created with the mission of building bridges to success for children and the dream to break the generational cycle of child abuse in more families, to protect children from harm, to heal children who’ve been hurt, to create strong, stable families and to help children grow up safe, healthy and prepared for life. The CHS offers adoption, fostering, and counseling services. For families with infants and toddlers with developmental delays, the Early Steps program offers coaching and guidance. For families with children 0-3 and moms who are pregnant, Early Head Start program can help to learn more about your child’s growth, get support from other parents, and learn more about safety at home. And for questions or concerns about your child 0-5 and want more support, find out if Healthy Families Florida.
Founded in 1999, the Jobs Partnership of Florida (JP) was formed to address the issue of poverty through strategic and collaborative employment initiatives. An outgrowth of the Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Workforce 2020 project, JP is based on a successful model of collaboration between churches, businesses and community organizations. They offer a 12-week course for the students to meet for one evening per week, twice per year at regional training sites around Central Florida. During the course, Students are paired with a volunteer Coach, attend an exclusive Resource Fair with their Community Partners, participate in a private Career Fair with their Employer and Educational Partners, have access to their Job Connection online portal, and much more. Before Graduation, Students are guided in choosing the right next step through our Career Pathways process, which opens up a world of opportunities. The goal is to equip them, empower them, and launch them into a career-path opportunity that will lead to a family-sustaining wage as they continue the way forward