December 2015 Edition  ♥  News We Can All Use

"For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on His shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace."  Isaiah 9:6

Breaking News!

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

Mike Dehlinger graduated from UCF in 1986, and has been insuring Central Floridians since 1987.  Mike will donate funding to Compassion Corner, Conway Cares, and The Down Syndrome Foundation of Florida for each policy that he writes for a Blessings of Home Team client.  Mike serves as a board member with Delaney Park Little League, he is a talented and encouraging baseball coach, and has been selflessly strengthening the Orlando community for many years. 

Mike and his team provide impeccable customer service, and ensure that you are insured with the highest quality companies at the lowest prices.  Protect your home and car with insurance from Michael Dehlinger & Associates at Dehlinger Insurance.  Mike and his team write policies for homeowners and motorists using 35 different companies to find you the coverage you want at the best rate possible. Mike's small, friendly staff is made up of licensed agents who have the experience and knowledge to match you with the right insurance for your needs. Call (407) 839-0505, email, or visit their office at 433 East Michigan Street in Orlando, for home and car insurance that will SAVE YOU MONEY!


....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.


Come and celebrate the birth of Jesus at Compassion Corner on December 23rd at 8:30 a.m.  Compassion Corner staff and members of the homeless community will be singing songs, learning about the Christmas story, and receiving Holy Communion.   Please join in and feel free to bring a gift for someone in need, as donations of bike locks, backpacks, rain ponchos, reading glasses, socks, travel-sized sewing kits, and toiletries are always needed.  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?   Contact Compassion Corner 

       The Blessings of Home team volunteered in December with Conway Cares, packing 342 bags of food for hungry children.  Thank you to Blessings of Home partners, Paul Massey and Susan Steele Meyer, who joined us as volunteers this month.  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?   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!

  • 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!  Susan Steele Meyer will be donating her amazing custom artwork for auction!  Please register a team, come out and join the fun as we change lives!
  • 2016 Tour of Champions Bowl-a-thon has opened registration! REGISTER HERE    This is The FOUNDATION'S primary (and often only) fundraiser of the year!  Anyone who registers a team by 1/1/2016 will be entered into a drawing for a "Minivan Makeover" (Car detail provided by Ultimate Car Detail value $175) We sold out all 80 lanes last year so don't wait until the last minute! TOGETHER WE CAN DO GREAT THINGS!

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


     The Blessings of Home Team is a Proud Sponsor of SportsPlus4Us, an up and coming, mission-driven nonprofit, dedicated to ensuring that ALL children have the opportunity to play sports, regardless of their socioeconomic status.  Click here to register for winter flag football!


December Orlando Area Housing Market Snapshot 

Interest Rate Update


Interest rates began trending up in November amid speculation of a rate increase by the Federal Reserve in December. Currently, Freddie Mac reports the following figures: 30-year fixed rate, 3.97%; 15-year fixed rate, 3.18%; 5/1-year adjustable rate, 2.98%. 


December 2015 Orlando Area Market Update

Blessings of Home Spotlight Property


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