Daystar Life Center Inc
December 17, 2009
It's amazing to me that an organization like this can operate with only two paid staff members, and yet serve 20,000 people-in-need during the course of a year. Folks who come to Daystar for assistance are given individual, personal attention - one on one with an interviewer - who listen to their stories and provides a huge variety of services: food, clothing, help in securing birth certificates, i.d. cards, prescriptions, transportation to the doctors and to new jobs, diapers, personal hygiene items and on and on. This role is filled by about 200 volunteers who, in addition to interviewing, also do data entry, stack shelves with food, clothing and any other chore that needs to be done.
As an interviewer, I have been deeply touched sometimes when hearing the difficulties that some of our clients are facing. One young man came to us from a treatment center because he needed an i.d. In talking with him he also confided in me that he was a 'cutter' and estranged from his family. Another man was taking care of his brother's six children while the brother was in prison. You cannot do this job without having your heart touched. Daystar provides so much to so many and the blessings flow each way. The community of St. Petersburg is truly blessed to have Daystar available to its citizens.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
knowing that I am fulfilling a need; and that in giving of my time and talent I have been blessed.
What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...
the variety of services that can be provided and the tireless efforts of Jane Walker to ensure that the organization operates so smoothly.
The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...
the best! Both Jane and Linda are always available to answer questions about how best to service our clients' specific needs. The volunteers who I work with are bright, cheerful, giving individuals - and we have fun!
How frequently have you been involved with the organization?
About every week
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
Volunteer & I interview clients who come to Daystar for assistance.