History

Founded in May of 2008 by members of five downtown Orlando churches, IDignity was created to assist vulnerable populations in Central Florida navigate the complexities of obtaining their personal identification.

This group of members from The Cathedral Church of Saint Luke, First Presbyterian Church of OrlandoFirst United Methodist Church of OrlandoSt. James Cathedral, and Trinity Lutheran Church developed a viable solution after meeting for a six-month period of exhaustive research and interviews. Part of this solution was expanding the process developed at Project Homeless Connect (PHC), an annual service fair that utilized various agencies working together.

The overwhelming demand for these services at Project Homeless Connect events showed that more needed to be done, and IDignity now hosts bi-weekly service days in downtown Orlando. Each service day serves 50–70 individually welcomed clients who are treated with respect and compassion throughout the process.

IDignity Orlando offers identification services where U.S. citizens and legal residents can get a birth certificate (from any U.S. state or territory), a Florida ID (or license renewal), and a Social Security card or verification information. We accomplish this mission through governmental partnership and the support of hundreds of dedicated volunteers.

The documents IDignity obtains for its clients give them the freedom to apply for work or school, gain access to shelters, seek help from social service programs, open a bank account or cash a check, secure permanent housing, or overcome many other obstacles to being self-sufficient.

IDignity helps restore dignity and hope through additional things in the community. IDignity hosts an annual Homeless Memorial Service recognizing those who have died each year and IDignity leaders serve on committees and boards addressing homeless and social justice concerns.  IDignity’s purpose is to empower the community and cultivate a more inclusive, productive, and secure society.

IDignity Orlando has also expanded through satellite organizations in Osceola, Seminole and Volusia counties.  These satellite stations hold their own client service events.

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What Makes Us Different 

IDignity stands by our clients in need, and we do our best to help every client. We have helped a domestic abuse survivor and her children regain their identities after their abuser blocked the registry of the children’s births and limited their interaction with society. We have helped countless veterans obtain their birth certificates, which are required to obtain VA-funded housing.

Obtaining an identification document may sound like a basic right of any American citizen and a straightforward process. However, it is not unusual for IDignity to invest months and sometimes years on complex cases where a birth certificate was not filed or contains errors. In order to issue a delayed or amended birth certificate, each state has different standards for what documents must be gathered, typically from early childhood records, to document citizenship status, place/date of birth and parentage.

Our mission to restore dignity and hope by providing identification is reflected in our values and community advocacy. IDignity’s values are Dignity, Empowerment, Stewardship, Compassion, and Justice. Read more about our mission, vision, and values.