One man’s vision helps North Brevard families


Whether it is an organization in need of direction, a troubled life needing help, or a 105 year-old house that needs renovating, Joe Robinson doesn’t see obstacles.

“I see great opportunities,” said Robinson, the executive director of the North Brevard Charities Sharing Center.

In 1997, he came out of retirement from the United States Coast Guard to work for the struggling North Brevard Charities. He brought a wealth of experience from his humanitarian efforts in developing countries. He also brought vision.

Thanks to Robinson’s leadership, North Brevard Charities is now on the front lines of assisting the area’s needy.

“Our services include affordable and transitional housing for low to moderate income families,” Robinson said. “We assist with food, rent, emergency dental care and prescription medications.”

Jonda Erwin, an administrative services worker, recalled Robinson’s compassion for a family in crisis.

“Shortly after a couple with five children came to us for assistance, the husband was killed in a car accident,” Erwin said. “Joe Robinson made sure the wife and children were provided for and today they are doing well.”

Robinson’s vision extends to Titusville’s historic Carter House, which the Carter family had donated to North Brevard Charities. Although renovation was needed, Robinson saw more than an old home. He saw it renovated and serving underprivileged children as a Boys and Girls Club.

“I told the family we would do our best to make it of service to the community,” he said.

Area businesses and individuals caught the vision, donating their resources and labor. The opening of the Boys and Girls Club of Central Florida, at 126 Grannis Ave., is tentatively scheduled for autumn.

When he is not serving humanity, Robinson enjoys life with his family. He and his wife, Janette, have four children and nine grandchildren.

The North Brevard Charities Sharing Center is at 4475 S. Hopkins Ave. in Titusville.

Due to the coronavirus, the organization’s thrift store has been temporarily closed. This has impacted funds, since the store is a source of income.

“Food and financial donations are needed,” Robinson said.

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