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Resurrection House gets grant for student program

(ran East, South, Beach, Seminole editions)

ST. PETERSBURG - Resurrection House, which helps homeless families, has received a $27,000 grant from the William L. Culbert Jr. Trust to establish a program for middle and high school students. The program will teach teenagers good work habits, accurate and ethical business practices, collaborative skills and communication techniques as they work to become self-sufficient, said Cynthia Sinclair, Resurrection House president and chief executive officer. The program is expected to begin later this year. Teens will plant, tend and harvest a garden, deciding how to use the yield productively. They will create their own small business, working from seed to final product. The grant will fund gardening and office equipment and a camera and computer, so students can record their progress using images and blogs.

Candlelight vigil to honor

domestic violence victims

ST. PETERSBURG - CASA will hold a candlelight vigil from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Studio620, 620 First Ave. S, to honor the memory of domestic violence victims who have been killed by their abusers. Recent murders and attempted murders in Hillsborough, Pinellas and Polk counties prompted CASA to sponsor the vigil. The organization cited 11 domestic violence-related homicides in Pinellas County in 2005. The event is open to the public. Law enforcement officers, the legal community and advocates from other domestic violence centers also are encouraged to attend.