Affordable housing, services at Goodwill
Did you know Goodwill offers affordable living options for people with low incomes, including seniors and people with disabilities?
Goodwill's Freedom Villages, in Tampa, Pinellas Park and Clearwater, offer one- and two-bedroom apartments. Heritage Oaks in Palm Harbor offers one-bedroom apartments for people 62 and older with low incomes.
All four properties feature well-maintained buildings with community rooms and common areas. On-site Goodwill service coordinators at each facility help residents connect with community resources and services.
The HUD-subsidized apartment buildings, owned and operated by Goodwill Industries-Suncoast, are architecturally barrier-free to meet the needs of people with physical disabilities.
There are often waiting lists for these apartments.
Prospective residents should call the property in which they are interested to check availability or to be put on a waiting list. The four Goodwill apartment communities are:
-ÊFreedom Village I, 7700 66th St. N, Pinellas Park, (727) 541-6620
-ÊFreedom Village II, 5002 S Bridge St., Tampa, (813) 831-6988
-ÊFreedom Village III, 1167 Turner St., Clearwater, (727) 443-6799
-ÊHeritage Oaks of Palm Harbor, 2351 Alderman Road, Palm Harbor, (727) 787-0792
For general information about Goodwill apartments, visit the Housing page at www.goodwill-suncoast.com.
Parent Aide Program seeks volunteers
You can assist parents who are seeking help
The Parent Aide Program needs volunteers to help those who are looking to become better parents.
Aides spend one to two hours each week mentoring a parent.
For more information, call Kerri Pedersen at 399-5744, ext. 168, or visit www.HelpAChild.org.
Team ready to help spay and neuter pets
February is spay/neuter month.
SPOT (Stop Pet Overpopulation Together) is teaming up with local veterinarians in Pinellas County to offer low-cost spay/neuter for cats and dogs.
Any cat or dog at least 8 weeks old can be signed up. Special "neuterathon" prices: male cats $35, female cats $40, male dogs $40 and female dogs $45-$90 depending on weight.
SPOT offers low-cost spay/neuter vouchers available online at www.SPOTusa.org or call (727) 545-3463 for more information.
Guardian ad Litem looking for volunteers
Pinellas County's Guardian Ad Litem program will soon begin training volunteers to act as the courtroom voice for children who have been removed from their homes because of abuse or neglect.
Guardian ad Litem volunteers visit the child once a month, become familiar with his or her case and make recommendations to help ensure the child has a safe, caring and stable environment. The average time needed is four to six hours a month.
Thirty hours of training are required, and guardians receive ongoing assistance. The next class starts Feb. 16 at Stetson University College of Law in St. Petersburg.
To volunteer and arrange to attend a one hour orientation, call (727) 464-6528. For more information, a training schedule and an application go to www.guardianadlitem6.org.
Are you goodat negotiating?
The Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program administered by the Florida Department of Elder Affairs is seeking men and women of all professional and cultural backgrounds who have concerns of residents' rights and are good at negotiating and advocating.
Mileage and meal reimbursements are provided at the state rate for all official ombudsman duties.
Call 588-6912 or toll-free 1-888-831-0404 to apply for the next training class.
BOWser Games needs dogs, owners, vendors
The Pinellas Animal Foundation's sixth annual BOWser Games is looking for vendors (nonfood), artisans and crafters to participate in the Saturdayevent.
The games are a celebration of the human/animal bond where dogs and their owners can enjoy agility and disc demonstrations, participate in fun contests and much more. For information or an application, call 347-7387.
Good at preparing taxes? You're needed
The IRS/AARP TaxGuide program, which last year prepared more than 4,000 income tax returns for residents of North Pinellas, needs volunteers.
The program helps low-income and elderly residents prepare their taxes free of charge. Volunteers receive training that leads to IRS/AARP certification. To volunteer, call Frank Mann at (727) 726-7822 or register online at www.aarp.org/taxaide .
Old cell phones can be a lifeline for seniors
Senior Citizens Services welcomes donations of old cell phones to be distributed to needy seniors as 911 emergency phones. The offices are open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and phones are distributed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays. Senior Citizens Services is in Belcher Commons Office Park at 51 S Main Ave., Suite 308-M, Clearwater. Call (727) 442-8104.
Guided nature walks offered on Saturdays
See a variety of plants and wildlife in their natural habitat on guided walks with Florida Park Service rangers at Honeymoon Island State Park at 11 a.m. every Saturday through March.
The walks are free. However, there is a park entrance fee of $5 for two to eight people in a vehicle, $3 for one person in a vehicle and $1 for walkers or bicyclists.
Participants should dress appropriately for the weather and may want to bring binoculars and a field guide.
Meet the ranger at the beginning of the Nature Trail. The park is at 1 Causeway Blvd., Dunedin. Call the park at (727) 469-5942 or visit www.florida stateparks.org.
Got a questionfor a judge?
The People's Law School will continue weekly at the Drew Street campus of St. Petersburg College on Thursdays through April. Participants may attend as few or as many sessions as they wish, free of charge. No registration is required. Call (727) 461-4869 or visit www.clearwaterbar.org.
The class schedule:
- Thursday, 7 to 7:55 p.m., Condominium Law; 8:05 to 9 p.m., Landlord Tenant Law.
- Feb. 14, 7 to 7:55 p.m., Purchasing Real Estate; 8:05 to 9 p.m. Mortgages.
- Feb. 21, 7 to 9 p.m., to be announced.
- Feb. 28, 7 to 7:55 p.m., Construction Contracts; 8:05 to 9 p.m., Mechanic's Liens.
- March 6, 7 to 7:55 p.m., Consumer Complaints; 8:05 to 9 p.m., Mediation & Arbitration.
- March 13, 7 to 9 p.m., Wills, Trusts and Estate Planning.
- March 20, No class. Spring break.
- March 27, 7 to 7:55 p.m., State of Our Circuit; 8:05 to 9 p.m., Small Claims.
- April 3, 7 to 9 p.m., Family Law.
- April 10, 7 to 9 p.m., Bankruptcy.
- April 17, 7 to 9 p.m., Contract & Business Law.
- April 24, 7 to 7:55 p.m., Identity Theft; 8:06 to 9 p.m. Graduation.
Got rhythm? Join the drum circle
Bring a drum or other percussion instrument to the drum circle at 6 p.m. the first Saturday of each month starting in January at George C. McGough Nature Park, 11901 146th St. N.
Listeners of all ages are invited to relax by the campfire and enjoy the rhythms led by Barry Skeete. Admission is $2 for those 13 and older. Call (727) 587-6775.