November 2015 Edition  ♥  News We Can All Use

Breaking News!

Meet the newest friend of Blessings of Home....

One of the most amazing benefits of the Blessings of Home team, is the way in which people and ideas connect for the greater good.  I had the incredible fortune recently to meet Susan Steele Meyer when I listed her home for sale.  Susan is a gifted artist and person of faith.  I was instantly touched by her kindness, and she expressed an interest in helping Blessings of Home charities beyond the sale of her home.  Susan is going to be donating custom art to The Down Syndrome Foundation of Florida for auction to support their mission.  Please see below the beautiful hand-painted platter that she recently created for a Blessings of Home client. 

Follow this link to explore Susan's art for sale on Etsy, and consider sharing the beauty and inspiration of her work with others during this Christmas season. Please support small, local artisans and businesses who support our local community. 


  • the more homes bought and sold through the Blessings of Home team,  
  • the more mortgages obtained through Paul Massey with Movement Mortgage, 
  • the more amazing custom artwork created and sold by Susan Steele Meyer,

....the more resources available to increase our impactful giving, leading to the realization of the Blessings of Home team mission. 

A significant percentage of each home purchase or sale commission earned by Blessings of Home Team members will be donated directly to those in need supported by the three organizations below. Please contact us today if you are interested in buying or selling a home at Blessings of Home Online.


Compassion Corner is a place where everyone is welcome.  This ministry is located on the property of Trinity Lutheran Church at 425 N. Magnolia Avenue, and is a respite “home” for those in Orlando who have no home. Through the leadership of First Presbyterian Church of Orlando, many downtown churches collaborate to provide volunteers and supplies daily to support Compassion Corner’s outreach.  A unique gathering place for the homeless community of downtown Orlando, Compassion Corner is open throughout the week, providing Bible study, counseling, limited financial assistance and social service referrals. Would you like to volunteer your time or donate supplies?  Bike locks, backpacks, rain ponchos, reading glasses, socks, travel-sized sewing kits, and toiletries are always needed, and can be dropped off at Compassion Corner or at Trinity Lutheran Church.   Contact Compassion Corner 


      The Blessings of Home team volunteers each month with Conway Cares, and assists with the sorting and bagging of donated food.  Conway Cares, a Servant’s Heart Center hunger solution, is dedicated to filling the weekend meal gap by providing the neediest children in the Conway Area of Orlando with a bag of food. Food insecure students are given a bag of food every Friday to help them get through the weekend. For many, their next meals will be the free school breakfast and lunch that they receive the following week. Students being assisted are at Shenandoah Elementary, Conway Elementary, Lake George Elementary, and Conway Middle Schools. Would you like to donate food or volunteer your time sorting and bagging food?  Please join us at 6:30 pm on December 2 at the Servant's Heart Warehouse, 6448 Pine Castle Blvd., Suite 103, Orlando, FL  32809   Contact Conway Cares  



The Down Syndrome Foundation of Florida is a grassroots organization made up of families and individuals who believe that through creative programs and partnerships, we can facilitate opportunities and experiences so there is no mystery or myth about people with Down syndrome. Our goal is to promote inclusion, understanding and acceptance by expanding opportunities for individuals, families and communities touched by Down syndrome.  At The FOUNDATION, we believe when POTENTIAL is given OPPORTUNITY the outcome is SUCCESS. It is our hope that individuals with Down syndrome will be seen as ''More alike than different,” and we strive to instill this belief in our local communities through our outreach and programs, benefiting the community as a whole, not just the individual.  Would you like to help fund or volunteer your time with us at fun and rewarding events? Here's what's coming up!

  • The Winter Wonderland - Holiday Party will be held December 5, at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort. We are in the need of 70 volunteers to help us in various capacities: Photographers, Family Assistants, Santa's Helpers, Greeters, Administrative workers and more!
  • 2016 Bowl-A-Thon Fundraiser at Boardwalk Bowl in Orlando, February 21.  We are looking for sponsors, bowling teams, volunteers and items for the Silent Auction & Raffle! 

Contact The Down Syndrome Foundation of Florida or Click Here to Learn More About The FOUNDATION

Please consider contacting me for your real estate needs, and supporting these fine organizations.  May God bless you, and I look forward to serving you.  Blessings, Catherine Simmons

"Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18


November 2015 Orlando Area Market Update

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