In loving memory of the inspirational

Mrs. Clarita Edwards

 

 

Doreen Edwards-Barker was born in Jamaica West Indies; she relocated to the United States at an early age. She gave her heart to the Lord in her teens and has always felt the call of God on her life to serve others. Serving others was instilled in her by her mother Clarita Edwards who was her inspiration for starting a homeless ministry.

In 1986 she graduated from Bethel Bible Institute of Cambridge, Massachusetts where she completed a three year in-depth course of bible study. Her involvement in street outreach ministry and feeding the homeless started shortly after. In September 1999 Doreen and Aldwin were married. Together their passion to serve the homeless and less fortunate grew and in 2002 when they relocated to Florida, they immediately saw the need to assist in homeless ministries. Since 2005 they have been devoting a great amount of time working with the homeless in Orlando Florida. In 2007 Clarita’s House was founded in hopes of taking their ministry to the next level. They are currently in a fund raising campaign to raise funds for their building. In the meantime together with a dedicated Board of directors and a team of volunteers, they are serving the homeless with hot meals, clothing, blankets, toiletries and referrls.

Aldwin Barker is a native of Trinidad West Indes.  He migrated to the united States in 1985.  He is the father of two sons. Aldwin love to expound the scriptures and especially love to talk to the youth about the Lord.  His experience with the homeless started in Boston, Massachusetts. In 2002 he relocated to Kissimmee, Florida and later was the co-director of Hope for Destiny at New Destiny Christian Center. While at New Destiny he also received certification for Prison Fellowship and would visit the prisons with the prison ministry team.  He was a Volunteer Assistant with the Osceola Court Juvenile Delinquents. He received Certification of Achievements from the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).  Aldwin is an Ordained Minister who loves the Lord and desires to serve others. Doreen and Aldwin truly feel that they are their brother’s keeper because they serve the God of another chance.

Luke 10:25-37.

25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. "Teacher," he asked, "what must I do to inherit eternal life?" 26" What is written in the Law?" he replied. "How do you read it?"  27  He answered: " 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind'; and, 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'"  28" You have answered correctly," Jesus replied. "Do this and you will live." 29 But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?" 30 In reply Jesus said: "A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he fell into the hands of robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead.   31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side.  33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, took him to an inn and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper. 'Look after him,' he said, 'and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.' 36 "Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?" 37 The expert in the law replied, "The one who had mercy on him." Jesus told him, "Go and do likewise."

How can we effectively minister to people who are hungry, have not had a shower in days or even weeks and don't know where they will spend the night? Clarita's house will be a haven for the homeless and less fortunate. Here we can meet their basic needs and assist them in finding their way back to the normal life they once had. Together we can put a dent in the growing homeless population and carry out the great commission to "Go and do likewise

We hear their cry, we feel their pain. We have a heart for serving but we cannot do it without your support!

We would welcome the opportunity to earn your trust as you partner

with us to make this program more effective.