Real-Life Charity Group Featured in 'The Florida Project' – LifeZette
Many people don’t know about a community that is living on the brink of homelessness — right next to the happiest place on earth.
A new film called “The Florida Project,” which is already generating Oscar buzz, highlights the problem of communities of people living in poverty at motels in Orlando right near Disney World. The story follows six-year-old Moonee and her band of young friends who live in these motels.
The film is directed by Sean Baker, who made a name for himself with the movie “Tangerine” — which was shot on an iPhone. “The Florida Project” doesn’t have an overt faith message; it’s mainly focused on the dark underbelly of a community living on the brink of poverty. However, an organization that has a big impact on the daily life of the actual community in Florida makes an appearance in the film and was involved in its production — a Christian charity called Community Hope Center.
The children in the film are seen running up to the charity group’s van and grabbing whatever food they can get their hands during a drop-offs at the hotel.
“The Community Hope Center is a program-based project that impacts the low-income, poverty-level families and individuals living in and around Osceola County, Florida,” says the charity’s website. “The primary emphasis is to serve those living homeless or in motels and hotels along Osceola County’s 192 Corridor. This programs works to restore dignity and self-sufficiency to those in need in our community through a holistic approach to case management, funds assistance, and life skills.”
The work that this organization does is critical to so many who live the reality of this film every day of their lives.
“I think the movie is a wonderful chance to bring awareness to a real problem