Daystar Life Center Inc

Rating: 4.93 stars   14 reviews

Issues: Food, Homeless & Housing, Human Services

Location: 226 - 6th Street South St. Petersburg FL 33701 USA

Mission: Daystar Life Center, Inc.''s provides our neighbors in need with basic necessities in times of hardship and in our ever changing community. We do this by providing services and advocacy with compassion, volunteers, donations and charitable support.
Results: During the last fiscal year, nearly 50,000 clients avoided hunger, homelessness and hopelessness, at least temporarily, because of Daystar. 13,734 clients avoided hunger and enjoyed nutritious meals; 154 clients used gas vouchers so that a mom or dad could go to work or visit a sick child in the hospital; 1156 clients used daily bus tokens to go for a job interview or keep a medical appointment; 11,986 clients avoided health issues because they had dry socks, a change of underwear, a change of clothes, or a jacket during cold weather; 1,596 clients were able to cook a meal or stay warm and wash dishes because their electricity or water was not turned off; 75 clients were able to remain in their apartments because they received rent assistance; 671 clients were able to take showers because their water was not turned off; 6,130 clients were able to brush their teeth, wash their hair, or wash themselves because they received personal hygiene items; 301 clients were able to travel to a safe haven at a friend or relative’s home because they received Travelers Aid; 106 clients were able to live healthier lives because they received prescription medication assistance; 2,909 clients were able to apply for jobs, housing, or social security because they received assistance for a state-issued identification card. Another 1400 people had a safe place to receive mail because of Daystar’s secure mail service.
Geographic areas served: Pinellas County, Florida
Programs: Daystar Life Center, Inc. provides the following services to neighbors in need: -Food Pantry-Local transportation (bus tokens,daily/weekly passes, GPTMS)-Rent assistance-Power, gas and water utility assistance-Financial assistance to obtain Florida IDs, including birth certificates -Internet Project ACCESS Gold Member (clients apply on-site for public benefits such as food stamps, Medicaid and TANF)-USDA Food Distribution to two low-income housing units serving 200 clients per month.-Traveler's Aid (sole source for Pinellas County-Confidential mail boxes for 1400+ clients, RX assistance-Clothes Closet-Personal hygiene products-Holiday food baskets-Information/referrals for other services. Daystar serves on average 100 clients per day,clients usually receive more than one service per visit. All services are provided by a committed corps of trained volunteers who literally do every job, allowing Daystar to maintain a very limited staff: two full-time, two grant-funded and two part-time.
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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

Daystar is a wonderful place staffed mostly with dedicated volunteers, resulting in 95% of the contributions given going to help those in need. This was very important to me when I was looking for a way to "give back to the community" after retiring. It is a very rewarding experience when you can truly help others. Jane Walker the director and Linda, are extremely hard working and do an amazing job!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

helping people get qualified for food stamps, keeping water and lights on for families who would have had them shut off that day. helping a mother and daughter get back home after the mother suffered abuse and many other people who needed food & clothing

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Seeing the relief and gratitude from people who really didn't know what they were going to do to get through to the next job.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Absolutely wonderful, caring, dedicated, giving people.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Make a difference to so many more people. With the economy now, there are so many more and as the population ages, there will be many more elderly in need.

Ways to make it better...

there were more resources available to help.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

fund raising

One thing I'd also say is that...

I am humbled by my experience at Daystar. It's great to make a difference.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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Role: Volunteer
Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

For 14 years I have been a donor and volunteer at this amazing organization that impacts the lives of more than 20,000 people a year by providing a myriad group of essential services for those in emergency need. The services include food distribution,clothing,rent aid andutility bill help,transportation assistance and mail service for more than 900 pedple. Daystar applies $.95 of every dollar recieved to client services according to last CPA audit.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

helping reunite a family through TRAVELERS AID by furnishing bus fare from Florida to Illinois to a wayward son.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Seeing the relief on the face of desperate people after giving them help.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

nonparell in kindness and spirit.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Do ten tines as much good - the need in Pinellas County is vast.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

I have known Jane Walker for years and she has a mindset of frugalilty; the client first and foremost. It is an efficient organization with just two staffers and hundreds of volunteers and supporters. The volunteers have guidelines but not rigid. Each volunteer receives training and then is urged to use their own judgement and common sense to arrive at a determination of what Daystar can offer. I happen to know also that there are more referrals from 211 than to any other organization.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The culture of what I would call a genuine caring group.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

friendly, efficient and helpful; to the client and to me as a volunteer!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

Filled with gratitude, I have always wanted to "give back" to others. When I retired and found Daystar, I was impressed first with the very high percentage (95%) of contributions going back to the community. In selecting a non-profit to work with, it was a high priority to me, that I wasn't supporting a costly bureaucratic network at the expense of services to the needy. As an interviewer at Daystar, I meet people in all kinds of emergency situations and I am thrilled to be the face of Daystar, able to "make a difference" and see the impact right there in front of my eyes. I see the thanks in the face of the 80 yr old gentleman who won't receive his SS for another week and needs food to make it through a few more days and I refer him to the Sunshine Center or other places providing key services to Seniors that he never knew about. I see faces light up receiving a new dress or clean socks or shoes with soles intact. After helping with their electric bill to keep it on through the holiday, I see their relief and get a hug from the grandmother or aunt raising 3 children from their extended family, whose parents are in jail or out of the picture. We help the unemployed and ex-offenders get identification needed to get a job; we help children to get birth certificates for school or Medicaid; we help the displaced to get home to family willing to help them get back on their feet. And more, much more. Among the volunteers, there is a great hopeful spirit and camaraderie, which is imparted to our clients, who are treated with kindness and respect. With only 1 % of the budget spent on fund-raising, we need all the "free" publicity we can get....so thank you for this opportunity to make potential donors and volunteers aware of this wonderful organization. I'd give Daystar 10 STARS if I could!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the gratification I receive in helping the needy and in feeling that the difference we make is not fleeting. I believe we make a positive difference that actually changes the lives of those we serve.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the response of those we serve: The smiles, hugs, sincere thanks, the tears of relief.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

of the most highly professional and dedicated and kind.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

We reach out to the poverty-striken, low-income people from all segments of society, including the elderly, families with children, disabled, working poor and homeless, un-employed and under-employed. Their numbers keep rising;; our budget is tight.

Ways to make it better...

we had more resources available to help those in need. We need back packs for the homeless; grants to help families with utilities; help with the costs of identification....the needs are many and it's hard to interview and say "that's all I can do today"

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

fund-raising or friend-raising on a tight budget.

One thing I'd also say is that...

this organization has changed MY life.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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