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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.
The March 8, 2019 Program:
St. Vincent de Paul Community Kitchen and Resource Center
• Welcome and Introductions: Pete Scalia, SVdP Executive Director
• Opening Prayer: Deacon Bill Gorman
• Bill Horne, City Manager, Clearwater
• George Cretekos, Mayor, Clearwater
• Mike Jalazo, Executive Director, Pinellas Ex-Offender Re-Entry Coalition
• Kenneth Welch, Pinellas County Commissioner
Recognition of Other Dignitaries: Pete Scalia
Blessing: Rev. Msgr. Robert Morris, Vicar General, DOSP and Pastor, St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church
• Jerry Gehrand
• Past President, SVdP
• Bill Horne
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.