Home » TFO News » The Forgotten Ones Finds Jobs

The Forgotten Ones Finds Jobs

Donate Now!

Support disadvantaged young adults and families by donating now:

Amazed. Inspired. Grateful.
That’s How Your Generosity Makes Us Feel.


The Vine Outreach Thrift Store

Monday- Friday
10:00a - 5:00p

10:00a - 4:00p


(407) 971-8135

The Resource Center

Call for an appointment
(407) 495-5100


#golynx #charity #video #help #donate This is the first year that the The Forgotten Ones, Inc. is participating in #GivingTuesday. On December 2, 2014 our #GivingTuesday activity will focus on raising funds to support our program services. During, 2015 our campaign will focus on increasing awareness of our organization. #givingtuesdaycampaign We are gearing up for our 7th Annual Christmas Luncheon! SAVE THE DATE 12/20/2014 from 11:30 AM till 1:00PM Bring your family to celebrate with us!  www.theforgottenonesinc.org Our Executive Director and Founder Cindy Shadron feeding The Oviedo Chickens #oviedochickens #oviedo #chicken #feed #savetheoviedochickens Donor Story of the Week: Cindy Shadron Founder and Executive Director alongside of Monthly Donor Gary in our version of the painting “American Gothic” by Grant Wood circa 1930. Gary loves the arts and supports many philanthropic interests in our community. He has faithfully supported our mission since 2010. A Prayer for Christmas Morning  by Robert Louis Stevenson  The day of joy returns, Father in Heaven, and crowns another year with peace and good will. Help us rightly to remember the birth of Jesus, that we may share in the song of the angels, the gladness of the shepherds, and the worship of the wise men. Close the doors of hate and open the doors of love all over the world? Let kindness come with every gift and good desires with every greeting. Deliver us from evil, by the blessing that Christ brings, and teach us to be merry with clean hearts. May the Christmas morning make us happy to be thy children, And the Christmas evening bring us to our bed with grateful thoughts, forgiving and forgiven, for Jesus? sake. Amen Also store 1268 alafaya trail #Oviedo #Florida 32765 Www.theforgottenonesinc.org The femme fatale enjoying #GreatDayinthecountry #Oviedo #Florida #tfo #tfoi #theforgottenonesinc Ms Cindy and our food #donations ready to go to Walker, Evans and Winter Springs Elementary Schools Thanks Emma for donating to our organization! The Fall Meet and Greet at @horsepowerranch Donations gathered for Walker Elementary #Share #joy #happythoughts #think #habit #positive Cindy feeding our #chickens #Oviedochickens #Free #haircuts at #LSOMevent #LSOMevent #theforgottenonesinc #charity #Oviedo #Florida Weylin Boyd - Volunteer, Cindy Shadron- Founder & Executive Director and Dr. Daniel McConnell, UCF professor and board member for The Forgotten Ones, Inc. Cooking out for our Fall Furniture Sale & BBQ

Follow TFO on Twitter

A Seminole Voice Article By Brittni Larson August 7, 2013 8:43 p.m.

The gap separating Robert Green from his family was already hundreds of miles wide when his life took a turn for the much worse. He moved to Florida to be with his mother while she was sick. But when the sickness took his mother, all that was left was him. His family felt distant and he had no friends to lean on. He needed to start his life over, to get a job, and to lift himself out of the sadness.

But Green didn’t know where to start — he’d been on disability and not working for four years because of hip replacements. An Internet search brought him to The Forgotten Ones (TFO), a charitable organization located at The Vine Thrift Store in Oviedo that offers, among many other services, an emergency food pantry, guidance about getting food stamps and identification, and job search help.

He thought he’d stop by one of their monthly events where they serve lunch and give free haircuts; maybe they could help him. He didn’t know how much of an impact Cindy Shadron, executive director for the nonprofit, would have on his life.

“It was like God had showed up,” he said.

It’s been a month since he met Shadron and her team, and he’s already got a job as a shuttle driver. They also helped him get glasses — vital for a job as a driver — a uniform for his new gig, and most importantly, a lighter heart.

“That just changed my whole outlook,” Green said. “That gave me the energy, the strength, the confidence that I’m not alone.”

Shadron opened the thrift shop as a way to start a non-profit, and to eventually get an idea called the Shiloh Ranch off the ground. The ranch, which she hopes to open next year, would aim to help former foster children aged 18 to 25 aging out of the foster care system, or who are runaways or homeless. The ranch would give the young adults a place to live, with people to encourage, support and teach them life skills, while they enrich their lives by helping rescue animals.

The non-profit has expanded its services each time someone has asked for something new, be it assistance with submitting food stamp forms to getting a hearing aid. They do whatever it takes, Shadron said.

“The Forgotten Ones goes the extra mile for people,” said Brooke Payne, Outlook Director for TFO. “We do what others won’t; we’re here.”

When people started asking for job help, Shadron used her community connections to find job openings. While the economy and unemployment rate still suffer, she’s only seen job placement by TFO raise, because those who reach out to her looking for new employees know what she does to help people get back on their feet. They trust her.

But she’s also discerning in who she’ll recommend for jobs, and those people many times get her cell phone number to call when they need her, too. She can sense a real need and a drive underneath to succeed.

Payne was one of those cases. She’d come to volunteer and get some help while her mom was there doing community service. She wasn’t in a stable home situation, and had been looking for work for a while. And then her volunteering turned into a paying job as the outlook director at TFO, with her graphic design degree working to create the new Web site for the organization. Before, Payne said she’d nearly lost all hope. But Shadron has watched her go from gazing away with a broken spirit, to being completely confident in her position.

That’s what she sees in many people who have found their path in life again through TFO’s help.

“The light in their eyes changes,” Shadron said. “I hope that everybody leaves with more of a purpose in their life.”

They also make it a priority to not only be there to offer encouragement and guidance about job interviews, but also to follow-up and make sure their client gave it their all. Many tell them that it was the push from people at TFO that made them actually fill out the application or go to the interview with a positive attitude.

“They get alone again and they can’t get themselves to do the first step,” Shadron said. “We help them stay on it.”

That was what Green said got him the job — the motivation from Shadron. Grieving for the loss of his mother took a lot of his own zest for life away, but the team at TFO instilled a faith in him that everything would be alright, and that he’d get a job. And now that he has one, he hopes to get his own place and make some time to volunteer at the non-profit when he’s not working.

Shadron said TFO employees’ personal interest in those who come in for help is the key to everyone’s success. They lift people up.

“They need a person that believes in them, that can get them to believe in themselves again.”

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.