HOMELESS EMERGENCY PROJECT INC
Rating: 4.97 stars 31 reviews
Issues: Homeless & Housing, Human Services
Location: 1120 North Betty Lane Clearwater FL 33755 USA
Results: In 2013, HEP served 1,397 people, including 76 families, 126 children and 508 veterans. In our commercial-grade kitchen and dining hall, we served 95,091 nutritious meals. There were 34 children enrolled in HEP's Children's Learning Center after school and summer camp programs. The HEP Dental Clinic provided an astonishing 3,993 procedures valued at $525,066. Through a strategic community partnership with the Morton Plant Outreach Team (MPOT), we provided 755 clinical assessments, with 6,306 patient contacts. HEP's partnership with MPOT saved $1,863,617 in avoidable emergency room visits. HEP also provided 3,592 veteran transports to Bay Pines VA.
Target demographics: homeless and very low-income individuals, families and veterans.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 1,397 people, including 76 families, 126 children and 508 veterans.
Geographic areas served: Clearwater, Florida
Programs: Food, shelter, clothing and the supportive services necessary to obtain self-sufficiency and improved quality of life.
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I came to Clearwater in October 1997 dying from complications of a lung tumor with only three months to live! So, I had been told by a doctor a month earlier. I was sober, but living in my car at the Seminole Marina. I was referred to HEP by a friend and accepted. Wow! Danna Slaughter was my conselor who showed me how to Help Myself! Watching Dana and Pat work cleaning these apartments astonished me. They seemed tireless and always in good cheer. So Godly, both of them.
Otis always had time to say hello. Barbara was a no nonsense person who I came to dearly love.
Within two weeks I had medical care, and a primary physician! Doctor Johnston fitted me with new dentures...after he removed what was left in my mouth! Gulf Coast Legal Services obtained my SSI for me - thank you Pamela Wiener!
One of my best memories is the Christmas Party on the old and beautuful Gazebo where Jim played Santa and gave out presents to over two hundred people including many, many children!
So many fond memories of HEP! I was fortunate to live in three of their transitional houses. Two of which I had my own private room. Finally after 7 1/2 years I moved on to a wonderfu place called Creekside Manor I. Looking back on the past 16 years I can say that I've learned to live within my means and get closer to God almighty.
I stop by and visit the Thrift shop once a month now, always hoping to catch a glimpse of some staff person I had known over the years. In essence: HEP is the best thing that's ever happened to me...and I am healthier than I've been in thirty years! 75 next month and 23 years sober!!!... Ron Smokey Townson
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Invite former residents back for a reunion every now and then. Some of us are still around!
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