Legal Aid Adopts a therapy dog. His name is Coach. He is a Boston Terrier and was born on Christmas day. He comforts our clients, staff and volunteers. Pictured above is Attorney Silvia McLain and law student Hannah Jacobson with Coach. He is volunteering his time at our office. Why not join Coach's team and volunteer and support our office?
Home Security Assessment
Written by Erin Roche, University of Central Florida

Seminole County LogoFor residents of Seminole County, the Seminole County Sheriff's office is able to come to your home and provide a free security assessment. The process takes about forty five minutes and they will provide recommendations for how to improve your security by checking points of entry, locks, lights, and landscaping around your home.
Additionally, if you are planning to be out of town, the Sheriff's office provides a service known as "House Watch." This service provides exactly that, at your request the Sheriff's office may go to check on your house while you are away. They will even do a perimeter walk to ensure that the property is secure.
If these are services that you're interested in, you can call 407-665-6650.

Recognizing a Stalker and Knowing Your Rights
Written by Erin Roche, University of Central Florida
Every year six to seven million people are victimized by stalkers. Stalking can be broadly defined as a pattern of behavior directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear. Most victims are stalked by someone they know, this can be a very scary situation and can often escalate to even worse situations.
Often victims of stalking will be forced to move to avoid their stalker and almost half of victims will miss up to five days from work as a direct result of their stalker. These victims are also more susceptible to mental illnesses like anxiety and depression.
Due to all the harm that stalking can do, it is important for people to not only recognize the signs of a stalker but to know their rights in this situation. Stalkers may show up in unexpected places where a person did not want them to be, they may make unwarranted calls or texts, or in some extreme cases, they may use technology like tracking devices, cameras, and trackers to surveil the victim without them knowing. Seventy-eight percent of stalkers use more than one approach, so if someone notices one of these behaviors, it is important to look out for others. Stalking is considered a crime in all fifty states, if you believe you or someone you know is a victim of stalking, contact the police. While most states do not charge stalkers with a felony on their first arrest, if the behavior escalates or the person is a repeat offender, the charges can be increased.
If you need more resources or information for this issue, contact the Stalking Prevention, Awareness, and Resource Center (SPARC). SPARC has also provided an informative PowerPoint about stalking.
Veteran Community Financial Health Workshop Series
Written by Erin Roche, University of Central Florida

Heart of Florida's United Way and Wells Fargo have partnered together to facilitate a four-part workshop series for Veterans to learn the important steps to maintain financial health. The series will share tips and tools that will help to better manage money and save for long term goals. Participants are encouraged to attend all four workshops. Some of the topics covered include: learning new habits, budgeting and saving, managing your credit and protecting your identity.

The upcoming dates are: March 13th, April 23rd, May 22, and June 26th
The workshops will be held at Heart of Florida United Way, 1940 Traylor Blvd. Orlando, Fl 32804
Contact Don Pendleton, Mission United Case Manager, at 407-849-2375 or email to register!

Program Spotlight: The Sharing Center
Written by Erin Roche, University of Central Florida

For over thirty years, The Sharing Center has been providing services for the working poor and the homeless population in Seminole County. They offer both financial and non-financial assistance as well as an "oasis" for the homeless. On certain days of the week, they are able to review finances with applicants and potentially assist with rent or mortgage payments or other basic needs payments like utility or phone bills. Any weekday, they are able to provide food, clothing, household items, employment referrals and even medication refills. But The "Oasis" for the Homeless is truly a unique offering to the Seminole County community. It is open from 9 A.M.- 12 P.M. Monday through Friday and people are able to utilize the services up to three times a week. Some of the services include: showers, haircuts, computer access, laundry and free travel sized toiletries. Last year, they were able to serve about 3,500 visitors and provide over $60,000 worth of services.
The Sharing Center provides other unique opportunities, like the LifeBuilder program. LifeBuilder is a three year program that helps families that are either homeless or close to homeless by providing not only financial and housing assistance, but also job skills training and seminars on different beneficial topics like nutrition and finance. Applications for this program will be accepted in July.

Upcoming Events:
  • March 14, 2019: Free Legal Advice Clinic for Veterans
    • 1-4PM Seminole County Public Library, 215 N Oxford R, Casselberry FL
  • March 20, 2019: Sealing and Expungement Workshop
    • 10AM-12PM Sanford Job Connection Center 4516 W State Rd. 46 Sanford, FL

New Administrative Orders

  • Administrative Order 19-11
    • Requirement to complete the Parent Education and Family Stability Course in Dissolution of Marriage proceeding with minor children or a Paternity Action that involves parental responsibility
  • Administrative Order 16-35-B
    • Family Division Parties Required to read certain Administrative Orders
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