Our Howard Phillips Center for Children and Families Story
Millennium Systems Design has been involved with the Howard Phillips Center off and on for many years through the Master Custom Builder Council where we would make monetary donations, participate in fundraising events and give to holiday drives but it was a little over a year ago when we truly became passionate about this center. Our friend Kevin Ball, with Goehring and Morgan Construction, invited us on a tour that he was hosting of the Howard Phillips Center. We went expecting to learn about their programs and find out more about where our donations had been going. Little did we know, we would be inspired to become much more involved. A few months after the tour we attended their fundraising luncheon and made the decision to be annual donors. We have since hosted our own tour, shared our experiences with friends, family and clients and encouraged others to get involved with this center. Most recently, we were able to attend the annual luncheon again. This year it was called “A Million Reasons”. Our President described the luncheon as an emotional roller coaster. He explained that although it is hard to hear these children’s stories, the joy that they have now and the changes that have been made in their lives from this center truly explain why it’s so important for us, and other community members, to be involved with the Howard Phillips Center for Children and Families.
All About The Howard Phillips Center
The Central Florida area is a vibrant, thriving set of communities. But children and families in our neighborhoods still face challenges, such as child abuse, sexual trauma, developmental disabilities and lack of access to medical care. The Howard Phillips Center helps combat these obstacles by delivering children and family services to support and advocate for those at risk.
Every child deserves dignity and respect. From parents to community members, caregivers to friends, we all have a responsibility to ensure our youngest generation is advocated for and protected from child abuse, sexual trauma, developmental disabilities and a lack of access to medical care.
At the Howard Phillips Center, we provide children and families a support system and resources so they don’t have to face overwhelming challenges alone. Anyone who asks for help will receive it. We work with Child Protective Services and host the Children’s Advocacy Center, Teen Xpress, The Healing Tree and more. Learn more about each of these programs below.
Children and Family Services
Child Protection Team – Safeguarding children from abuse and neglect
Healthy Families Orange and Healthy Families Osceola – Supporting positive child development and growth in our local communities
Orange County Children’s Advocacy Center – Helping heal and protect victims of the most serious child abuse cases
Teen Xpress – Delivering healthcare at local high schools for uninsured and underinsured teens
The Developmental Center for Infants and Children – Intervening in and strengthening families with a child at risk for developmental delays or disabilities
Hearing Me – Empowering families with a deaf or hard of hearing child
The Healing Tree – Serving children and families of child sexual abuse
How can I help?
To get involved you can volunteer at one of the center’s many events throughout the year or you can make a donation. The center accepts donations of all kinds, contact them directly for a list of the current most needed items or you can pledge a monetary amount.
Address: 601 W. Michigan St.
Orlando, FL 32805
Phone: (407) 317 - 7430