The Shepherd Center in Tarpon Springs received the Community Service and Leadership Award from the Pinellas County Coalition for the Homeless. The award, given in recognition of outstanding communitywide service and leadership that goes above and beyond the expected, and whose efforts have benefited the homeless in Pinellas County over time, was presented to executive director Wanda Weber at a breakfast ceremony May 21. Attending the ceremony were board members, staff and clients of the center, and Tarpon Springs City Commissioner Robin Saenger.
The Shepherd Center also received a $6,000 donation from the 4 Hearts, an organization founded in the fall of 2008 by four community-minded women who desired to pool local resources and contacts to make a difference in the community. The gift was the result of a May 6 golf tournament at Cypress Run Golf Course.
Created in 1974, the Shepherd Center provides services in Tarpon Springs and North Pinellas County to low-income families, the elderly poor and the homeless. This includes outreach and referral services, a food pantry and clothing tree, a community kitchen that provides a hot meal seven days a week, an eye clinic, and much more, Weber said.
Plans for a new facility at the corner of Lime Street and Huey Avenue have been completed and fundraising is under way. "This will consolidate our facilities and all services under one roof," Weber added.
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Officers of the Abilities Guild for the fiscal year 2010-2011 were installed at a dinner party May 6 at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort as the guild celebrated 30 years of fundraising for the Abilities Foundation.
Bill DeMambro was installed for a second year as Abilities Guild president; Sherrie Morton-Tetrick, first vice president; Al Tower, second vice president; Roger Ormerod, treasurer; David Gauler, assistant treasurer; Pat Brant, recording secretary; and Barbara Hoskinson, corresponding secretary.
"A Waltz Down Memory Lane," a retrospective of the years Abilities Guild worked with Abilities Foundation, was presented on screen by president /CEO of the foundation, Frank DeLucia.
A check was presented to the Abilities Foundation for use in aiding the disabled, meeting the needs of returning veterans with job training, job placement, housing, health and recreational opportunities and to support the high school training programs for candidates in Pinellas County.