Without our supporters, Celebrate Outreach and its work would simply not exist. The people we serve depend upon the kindness and generosity of our community.
Here are some of the ways giving to Celebrate Outreach supports a variety of solutions for preventing and ending homelessness and some of its challenges:
- We serve weekly bagged meals which provide food and a welcoming place to be for those living on the streets
- We distribute toiletries, clothing, backpacks and blankets
- We build tiny homes for people facing homelessness
- We participate in other local homeless aid organizations and networks
- We host the annual “Still…No Room in the Inn” Christmas carol sing at homeless shelters
- We hold the local observance of the annual National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Service, remembering those who died while homeless.
- We connect a network of individuals and groups who support Celebrate Outreach’s work. Faith groups, service clubs, high school clubs and individuals donate food, provide funds, and hold donation drives for our needs. Those who work on-site at the meals meet other people who are dedicated to everyone having food, clothing and shelter.
How you and your group can help
Here are some of the ways you can help us help the people we serve:
- Prepare food offsite and bring it to the meals.
- Volunteer on-site at the meals.
- Organize your friends, co-workers, religious congregation or family to collect donations, prepare food off-site, or volunteer on-site.
- Invite a member of Celebrate Outreach to talk to your group about our work.
- Donate money
- Donate any of the items listed below. Organize a drive at your school, congregation, club, or workplace.
FOOD, CLOTHING AND TOILETRIES NEEDS
fruit cups, bananas, oranges
beef sticks, canned meat pop tops (tuna, Vienna sausages),
yogurt cups, lunch meat, sliced cheese, cheese sticks
packs of any variety of cheese or peanut butter crackers, snack-sized bags of chips
bottled water, Gatorade, soda
disposable razors, shaving cream
bar soap, wash cloths
feminine hygiene items
travel size creams, shampoo, and body wash
individual packets of Kleenex, hand wipes
men’s/women’s socks (this is a constant need)
gently used clothes
men’s and women’s tennis shoes
men’s underwear S/M/L
women’s underwear S/M/L/XL
PLEASE NOTE: **We do not accept children’s clothes**
About Tiny Homes
Can tiny homes be a solution for ending homelessness? A growing number of faith-based organizations and local governments believe these micro houses can more quickly get people off the street and restore their dignity. As a result, tiny house villages are being developed nationwide to address homelessness.
The University of South Florida School of Architecture & Community Design joined Celebrate Outreach as a collaborative partner for this project. Internationally-renowned research professor Josue Robles Caraballo recruited 16 architecture students to participate in a class he is teaching on this subject this semester. The students will be challenged to develop innovative and creative designs for these homes. Final designs were presented in May, and prototypes are being built.
Tiny homes will be placed on single-family house lots scattered throughout Pinellas County.
A CO! Former Board President says, “It takes a community to build a village.” Community volunteers are needed to help build the tiny homes alongside the veterans who will reside in them. Orientation and training will be provided periodically throughout this year, leading up to the community building events, which will begin during the fall of 2018.
“I love the excitement around the concept of tiny houses and the desire to house the homeless,” stated St. Petersburg’s Mayor Rick Kriseman. Going further, he said, “The city enjoys working with non-profits on meaningful projects like this.”
Mayor Kriseman is not alone in his excitement. Dozens of concerned citizens have enthusiastically volunteered their time and talent towards this project. More than 50 people packed into (
The veterans are excited, too! “This will give us the chance to restore our dignity and privacy, and have a place to call home,” one interested veteran exclaimed. Not only will they get permanent housing — an affordable home they may rent or purchase for a couple of hundred dollars per month — but they will also receive supportive services such as therapeutic services for PTSD and MST and participate in restorative activities such as community gardening and entrepreneurial opportunities.
READ MORE ABOUT VETERANS BATTLING PTSD AND MST
Before moving into their tiny homes, veterans selected to participate in this project must complete a six-month residential training program in which they will matriculate through classes to prepare them to transition from homelessness to home. Class topics include homeownership, personal financial management, entrepreneurship, healthy nutrition and more. Referrals of veterans to participate in this program are continuously welcomed and received.
Donate to Celebrate! Outreach:
To donate by check, send it to:
Celebrate Outreach! Inc.|
100 Mirror Lake Dr
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
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AARP Florida Encourages Help for Tiny Homes to Make a Big Difference
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