Daystar Life Center Inc

Rating: 4.67 stars   15 reviews


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


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.


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


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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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

Over the years I have referred numerous clients to Daystar for assistance with utilities, food, clothing, Travelers Aid, prescriptions and other essential needs. They treat everyone I refer with dignity and respect and usually find a way to assist them with their needs. Jane and her volunteers are wonderful to work with and I cannot say enough about their compassion and willingness to serve the most needy in our community. They are a wonderful organization.

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

The staff and volunteers at Daystar are wonderful to work with-some of the most caring and compassionate people I have ever known. Jane and her volunteers are super!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

I have known Daystar Life Center since the early 90's when I managed the CDBG funds that helped expand its facility in downtown St. Petersburg. More recently, as a volunteer for the Pinellas County Coalition for the Homeless I have been obtaining and managing state funds allocated to Daystar for their homeless programs. I know of no other agency that has done more for the homeless with fewer resources than any other agency around. Jane Walker is a Saint.

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

monitoring a reporting on Daystar;s use of state funding in helping the homeless (bus passes, Photo IDs and emergency assistance).

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

try to get them more money.

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

working with the Executive Director - Jane Walker.

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

dedicated, professional and selfless.

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

end homelessness.

Ways to make it better...

I didn't have to make them spend time writing monthly reports instead of doing what they do.

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

increasing homelessness.

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

Daystar in unparalleled.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?


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