What prompted this event?
Tim Johnson, senior pastor for Orlando World Outreach Center, is the driving force behind He Got Up. Concerned with the growing number of crises and division in communities across the United States, Johnson felt called to create an event that would unite Central Florida by bridging the divide between the haves and have-nots in our community.
An inaugural event, Pastor Johnson believes He Got Up will provide as many as 30,000 homeless and families in need across the Orange, Osceola and Seminole tri-county area with employment opportunities, food, clothing, medical and dental screenings, and legal services.
According to a 2013 federal study, when compared to other areas of its size, Orange, Seminole and Osceola Counties combined to rank first for chronically homeless people. But as the news program 60 Minutes has highlighted, those numbers do not factor the additional families that live day-to-day in area hotels.
“The homeless numbers are staggering, but the need extends beyond the homeless,” Johnson said. “The greatest poverty in our society is being unwanted, unloved and uncared for. Our goal with He Got Up is to address this incredible need in Central Florida by demonstrating our love for our neighbors in a dignified way by showing them we care through this day of celebration and service that addresses many of their spiritual and material needs in one location.”