Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach Hotel staff making meatloaf mashed potatoes and mushroom gravy meal for the homeless. Thanks to all that volunteered!
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The St. Vincent de Paul Community Kitchen is proud to have participated in the grand opening of the Resource Job Training Center. The grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony took place on Friday, March 8, 2019 at 1339 Park St city location.
In attendance - Clearwater Mayor George Cretekos, Clearwater City Manager Bill Horne, Pinellas County Commissioner Ken Welch, and Michael Jalazo, the Executive Director of PERC (Pinellas Ex-Offender Reentry Coalition).
St. Vincent de Paul feeds approximately 150 homeless every day. The added Resource Center services will provide the homeless with job training and placement. The program is a collaboration between local community organizations – Going Home Coalition and PERC. The center also offers a range of services including a medical clinic, legal assistance and other resources for clients to improve their lives.
1. SVdP is fortunate to have leader in our community that will match $50,000 to an equal amount raised. You can help our Soup Kitchen meet that goal. Donate at: www.svdpsoupclearwater.org
2. Community Toy Giveaway for Neighborhood Children Event Details: Toy pick up is tentatively scheduled for 12/19-12/21/18. SVdP neighborhood area parents can request toys for their children. Local Catholic parishes are collecting toys. Parents will then come pick up toys to put under tree for kids. Soup Kitchen is located at: 1345 Park St, Clearwater, FL 33756. Hours: 8:30AM through 10:30AM. Enjoy. Ho. Ho. Ho.
3. The 5th Annual Santa & Suds .5K & 5K Run (Walk) & Fun Street Party is a Holiday-themed, family friendly race. Come experience a beautiful run/walk starting in downtown Clearwater, Florida then onto the Clearwater Bridge and back. Run/walk to burn off some of those extra seasonal calories. Remember to bring your Holiday cheer and dress in your most festive gear. Learn more at: www.svdpsoupclearwater.org/santasuds5k.html
A broad cross-section of people comes through the doors of the St. Vincent de Paul Community Kitchen and Resource Center—clients who are hungry and homeless, volunteers, others doing community service and crucial donors of food and finances. These are a few:
Dwight, 62, originally from Buffalo, is truly homeless and jobless. He says he made some mistakes in life, which led to a restraining order and being put out of the house by his wife a decade ago. He had done factory work, but new owners of the company had let him go.
With no job, no money and no housing, Dwight nevertheless comes in neat and well-groomed for a good, warm meal every day. He receives his mail here and gets a regular health check up every six months. For housing, he sleeps on cardboard behind a Clearwater building. He is planning to apply for Social Security retirement benefits to provide a small income. “Otherwise, I’m in great shape,” Dwight said.
Joe, 70, of nearby Belleair, has been volunteering his time at the food-serving counter for about five years. It has been a family tradition. His aunt volunteered here and then his wife, before Joe joined the Monday morning volunteer team. He can be found bringing out serving trays of meat, vegetables and salad, as well as a fresh pot of soup, which are all part of the regular daily meals.
On this particular Monday, Joe is assisting a group of student volunteer servers, clad in school uniforms of blue shirts and shorts from St. Cecelia Interparochial Catholic School, who are spooning out a hearty meal onto client’s food trays. Joe is a retired operations manager for a rubber company.
Community Kitchen and Resource Center begin in Pinellas Country in 1982. The SVdP Soup Kitchen has been at the Park St., Clearwater location since 2011. Focused on client self-sufficiency, serving breakfast to the poor and hungry.