Daystar Life Center, Inc. was recently notified that the agency had won a $25,000 grant to continue its Compassionate Connection Service. The program, begun two years ago, complements Daystar’s basic needs services by offering qualified clients more extensive resources and support than are available to routine basic services clients.
Jennifer came to Daystar early in September in need of assistance with her electric bill. In addition, she received two bags of food. Her heartfelt gratitude was much appreciated by all the volunteers.
Daystar Life Center provides basic needs on an emergency basis. Clients are poor, underserved, elderly, disabled, homeless, unemployed and underemployed. They come to Daystar when they are financially unstable and without hope. Volunteers interview clients trying to understand their story. Volunteers ask questions and look for underlying causes.
Daystar Executive Director Jane Walker holds up the Volunteer of the Year Award she received from the Florida Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged. She and Michael Raposa, Vice Chair of the Homeless Providers Council, together volunteered to bring the Community Transportation Commission, the Local Coordinating Board of Transportation Disadvantaged and other agencies that serve the homeless to work together to develop short and long-term means of addressing the transportation needs of homeless individuals in Pinellas County. Changes they effected increased access to transportation options for individuals who were eligible but had difficulty in providing the required documentation needed to validate their eligibility.
Daystar expresses gratitude to its sponsors whose logos are pictured here. Their support offsets expenses and allows more funds to be devoted to client services.
Pictured here is Timothy, a client who was sitting on the porch waiting his turn to see a volunteer interviewer when the wind picked up causing the awning to retract. The awning caught on the gutter and suffered a giant tear. It was hung up over the gutter and needed to be manually disentangled.