In April, 2016, Pinellas Hope introduced Hope Cottages™ with a dedication and blessing ceremony conducted by Bishop Robert N. Lynch. Hope Cottages are 20-foot steel shipping containers that have been reconfigured to create 3 rooms in which residents live and that replace tents. Hope Cottages provide greater safety (can withstand Cat IV Hurricane winds), security (lockable front door, with peephole and exterior light), and comfort (bed with mattress, night light, electric outlet and USB outlet, window for natural light,and air conditioning). They provide residents with an enhanced living foundation from which to build as they work with our assistance towards a return to self-sufficiency.
About Catholic Charities
Since 1945, Catholic Charities has provided strategic alliances, advocacy and a broad array of social services designed to: Support and preserve families and promote self- sufficiency and social justice. Catholic Charities is an accredited agency and leader in serving the poor and vulnerable. We operate more than 1700 units of housing and are committed to partnering to solve our challenging homelessness issues. Catholic Charities presently serves all residents of Citrus, Hernando Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties regardless of race, creed, gender, national origin, handicapping condition or socio-economic status.
About Pinellas Hope
Pinellas Hope, a program of Catholic Charities Diocese of St. Petersburg opened on 10 acres of land provided by Bishop Robert N. Lynch and the Diocese of St. Petersburg. It was developed as a pilot program in December 2007 and continues to provide a comprehensive array of services and shelter to homeless individuals. Today, Pinellas Hope continues its mission of providing a safe living environment and the necessary support for homeless adults to become self-sufficient. Since its formation, Pinellas Hope has served over 10,000 people and served over 1.6 million meals.
Contact: To learn more about Catholic Charities or Pinellas Hope. Contact Joe Pondolfino:
Pinellas Hope Manager
5726 126th Avenue North
Clearwater, Florida 33760
(727) 556-6397 Office