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
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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Daystar is a great organization. The charity helps struggling families in their darkest hours. Many good people come across hard times and Daystar has been the glue that has keeped many families off the streets. Without Daystar many good families would not still be together.
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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.
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The culture of what I would call a genuine caring group.
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friendly, efficient and helpful; to the client and to me as a volunteer!
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