On Feb. 17, I was joined by the press, residents, nonprofit organizations and several elected officials, as I awarded betterment grant awards to four nonprofit organizations totaling $34,126.00 for their exceptional work throughout Osceola County, and I announced the initiation of new and life-changing services for all the residents in Osceola County.
It was an important day for everyone. I am extremely pleased and happy to announce the very first Salvation Army Emergency Center in Kissimmee. The Salvation Army has agreed to join Osceola Christian Ministry, which has provided some essential services for 20 years, and will now take over current operations to increase services at that same location. It was an exciting moment for many of us as it clearly shows that working together only brings more success to our county and cities. It has been a long journey, however, this day proved that through hard work, dedication and faith, all things are possible!
The Salvation Army also announced that by working together with other nonprofits in Osceola will prove to be beneficial for all of us. They proved this by donating two buses to assist with transportation needs of another great organization, the Osceola Council on Aging. For many years the Council on Aging has provided services to residents and seniors. Our goal is to fill the gap for those who fall into hardship and need immediate guidance, advocacy and support. This is just phase 1 of many pending efforts for growth and expansion that lie ahead! Congratulations to everyone who joined in our efforts.
Mark your calendars and join Commissioner Peggy Choudhry in her free Census Festivals:
• Saturday, April 25 - 1531 Immokalee St., Intercession City (2 - 6 p.m.)
• Sunday, May 10 - 3251 Margaritaville Blvd., Kissimmee (11 a.m. - 2 p.m.)
Saturday, May 16 - 5770 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway., Kissimmee (Old Town) (2 to 8 p.m.)
As always, please feel free to share any of your concerns, ideas or information by calling my office at 407-742-2000, or by email to Peggy.Choudhry@osceola.org. For more information on my upcoming Census Day Festivals, please contact my office. To learn more about the Census, please visit www.makeosceolacount.com.
Peggy Choudhry is an Osceola County commissioner representing district 1.