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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.
About 150 people a day come through our doors 365 days a year, men and women of all races, all ages and even parents with young children. They come from many walks of life, some working their way back from personal setbacks, some struggling with disabilities and addictions and newcomers signing up for the first time.
Some are on disability or retirement benefits and trying to manager their limited finances. Many are veterans, wearing caps or shirts indicating their past service in the armed forces. A few come leaning on aluminum walkers for assistance and even occasionally in a wheelchair.
Often middle-aged or older, many of our clients are working at improving their lives. Some take classes at nearby St. Petersburg College’s Clearwater campus and at other schools. Several work intermittently at construction jobs, some do house painting and others do janitorial or maintenance work.
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.