IDignity helps homeless get back on feet

Group helps people obtain important documents

ORLANDO, Fla. - When it comes to helping the homeless get back on their feet, one of the things often overlooked is a lack of proper identification.

One group in Central Florida, however, is working to make the problem a thing of the past.

The nonprofit organization IDignity held an event Thursday at the Orlando Union Rescue Mission in downtown Orlando to help people obtain documents, including a Florida ID card, license, Social Security card and birth certificate.

"You really can't do anything in our society anymore without legal identification documents. Not just employment, but being able to go to school, get an education, to get proper health care, to get any of kind of housing," said Michael Dippy, executive director of IDignity.

People started lining up five hours before the 8 a.m. opening.

The group celebrated its seventh anniversary Thursday and invited Orlando's mayor, police chief and fire chief to be among the volunteers.

"Think about it.  How many times a day in your life you need an ID to access certain service or cash a check or things like that," said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer moments after he finished helping a new Florida resident complete paperwork to get a state ID.

About 250 people were helped Thursday, but the group holds the same event the third Thursday of every month.

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