Our little Orlando Food Truck family have been overwhelmed with the love and support the foodie community have showed us over the last few weeks during our Truffle Truck soft openings as we practice and prepare to officially open.
We're new to Orlando, but it already feels like home. We want to do our part as new members of this community. So, we asked our new friends, "what organizations do good work for the people of Orlando?" One of our new friends mentioned a small charity with a big heart doing big things for the people of this community. We did our research and, after speaking with the CEO, Karlette Karras, we knew we wanted to shine the light on them.
Serenity's Grace of Orlando Florida
Serenity’s Grace helps impoverished people in Orlando with food, shelter, furniture, appliances, and other basic needs while they get back on their feet. They serve the homeless and others in need in their community, with a vision of seeing everyone living with dignity.
Serenity’s Grace was founded due to the big heart of a little girl named Serenity, who from a young age saw the poor, the elderly, and the disabled, and wanted to do something to help. Because of Serenity’s desire to serve and her big heart, her family started a charity to extend Serenity’s love to their community.
Serenity’s Grace was founded in 2009 by Karlette Karras, Serenity’s grandmother, who instilled the love of service to her children and then her grandchildren. Now, Serenity’s Grace is working to create long term solutions for the community.
“We are a small group,” said Karlette, “but we are making a big impact in Orlando, and we are really excited about our work and growth with regards to helping the Orlando community.”
This organization has several ways they help the community. Adopting a community where seniors and the disabled live, Maxwell Terrace, they host a monthly event, with the next one coming up very soon on September 29th. This event features a meal for the community, as well as toiletry bags and barbers and a beautician to help people look and feel their best with a bit of pampering -- including shaving and haircuts. It's also a time to sit and talk and connect with the residents of Maxwell Terrace who often do not have family looking after them.
This isn’t the only work Serenity’s Grace does in the community. They have supplies on hand so people don’t have to choose between medicine or food, or going without a crib for the new little one because it’s too expensive or food stamps don’t cover it. For community members without nearby family or friends, Serenity’s Grace provides that contact and connection people crave -- bringing flowers, checking in on each other, staying in touch to be a friendly face when they need to talk.
Serenity’s Grace has food, furniture and resources for those who find themselves in need of something, large or small. They also work with the Boys and Girls Club of Orlando, giving children the projects and the chance to help others. Instilling a lifetime of altruism.
How you can Get involved
Volunteers have said that their work with Serenity’s Grace over the years has become very important to them, with the Thanksgiving meal service and the meals for the homeless, as well as these relationships they’ve built with the community they are helping in a big way.
If you’re interested in joining the group of volunteers who give their time to make their home a better place for everyone who lives here, there are many ways to get involved. On Saturday, September 29th, Serenity’s Grace will have a community outreach event. This event is a monthly event with a meal and pampering. Contact Serenity's grace and Volunteer your time or drop off some supplies for the day.
If you can’t help on September 29th, there are many other ways to join in: volunteer your time, donate money, give supplies. Contact Serenity’s Grace to see where the need is right now and how you can give back to your Orlando community.
Orlando Food Truck and Serenity's Grace
A portion of the proceeds of The Truffle Truck’s Grand Opening at MBar on Friday, September. 28th will go to Serenity’s Grace. Hope you can join us. You'll have a chance to meet Karlette and the good people who volunteer their time for Serenity's Grace. Not only will a portion of Truffle Truck sales on Friday the 28th go to Serenity's Grace, it will be a good time to learn more about the next day's Maxwell Terrace community outreach event. Click the button below to receive a special discount for the truffle truck and receive an invitation to our grand opening celebration.