May 2024

March Angel's Newsletter
March Angel's Newsletter
March Angel's Newsletter
March Angel's Newsletter

Thank you To All The MOMS For All YOU Do!
A Special Note To My Mom
May 12th MOTHER’S DAY

What would our world be without our Moms or that special person to lean on during the tough times and cheer us on during the good times. Words of encouragement goes both ways, so make sure your mom or the person who has touched your life to make you who you are, knows how special they are to you…

Mom, I want to say a few things about what you mean to me! From the very beginning you planted a seed in me to be the best I can be no matter what I do in my life. You have been there to root me on for all the great times of my life and support me through the tough times. I have been so blessed to have had you fill my world with so much love. Thank you mom!
I love you so much – Sandy

Don’t forget to tell your mom how special she is to you…

March Angel's Newsletter

Tuesday, May 14thth 2024

Pasadena Community Church, Life Enrichment Center
227 70th Street South, South Pasadena FL
8:30 am to 9:30 am

The Angel Meetings are AWESOME and it is thanks to our community partners who take time from their busy schedules to come and share their knowledge and expertise about the children and families we serve. We would like to have every seat filled in our meeting room at Pasadena Community Church and please bring a guest. You can never have too many Angels doing what we do! We meet the 2nd Tuesday of every month at Pasadena Community Church, Life Enrichment Center, 227 70th Street South, South Pasadena, FL from 8:30 am to 9:30 am. PLEASE JOIN US…

Our guest speaker for our May meeting will be Destini Gill Program Manager at NAMI Pinellas County –
https://nami-pinellas.org/

  • Mission Statement: NAMI Pinellas is dedicated to improving the mental health and quality of life of individuals and their families affected by mental illness through education, support, and advocacy.

If you are a new organization and want to be included in our monthly newsletters, please send me your brief mission statements, website link and logo. This helps to keep everyone connected. Send to [email protected].

NEWCOMER: Our May speaker will be a new Community Partner that the Angels welcome to our TEAM, Destini Gill of NAMI Pinellas. Their mission is dedicated to improving the mental health and quality of life of individuals and their families affected by mental illness through education, support, and advocacy.

Please rsvp as soon as possible by clicking on the button below. This helps us with the setting up of our meeting room.

March Angel's Newsletter
March Angel's Newsletter

Some of our Community Partners have upcoming events in May that we are happy to spread the news!

PACE Center for Girls Pinellas – Believing in Girls Empowering Her Luncheon– May 16th, 2024 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. You can contact Dena Hernandez – [email protected]

Boley Angels – Sip, Shop & Save, May 16th, 2024, 5-7 PM, Boley Centers’ Your Neighborhood Store 6163 9th Avenue North, St Petersburg, FL. Please contact Cynthia 727 657 9422 or Susan 727 410 6741
Special Sales will include: $1.50 on all all sale clothing, 50% off the colors of the day and 30% off all other merchandise!

Boley Centers on Broadway & Destination Theatre present Grease, the Musical! We Cannot Wait for Those Summer Nights! May 30th & 31st, 2024, St Petersburg Catholic High School Don Bosch Performing Arts Center, call 727 821 4819 for details!

We are happy to share your events in our monthly Angel Newsletters, We just need to get the information and links to the events.

March Angel's Newsletter
March Angel's Newsletter

OUR 2024 FASHION SHOW WAS A HUGE HIT!
IT WAS A FABULOUS AND FUN EVENT

IF YOU MISSED OUR FASHION SHOW, YOU MISSED A VERY FUN AND ENTERTAINING EVENT. IT WAS A BEAUTIFUL DAY, BEAUTIFUL MODELS, GORGEOUS OUTFITS FROM DILLARD’S TYRONE, WONDERFUL ENTERTAINMENT, AMAZING RAFFLE ITEMS, DELICIOUS BUFFET OF FOOD AND MIMOSAS ALL DAY LONG!

SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR AMAZING TEAM OF ANGELS WHO PUT EVERYTHING TOGETHER SO EFFORTLESSLY. YOU ARE AN AMAZING TEAM OF ANGELS.

ANOTHER BIG THANK YOU TO DILLARD’S FOR ALL THEY DID TO MAKE OUR EVENT SUCH A SUCCESS. SO MANY OF THE RAFFLE ITEMS DONATED CAME FROM DILLARD’S TYRONE AND THE CLOTHES WERE AWESOME!

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2024 CHILD ADVOCACY EXPO – MARK YOUR CALENDARS

Dillard’s Tyrone is hosting a children’s fashion show. Please stay tuned for the details on date and time. If you have any children or grandchildren who want to walk the runway, please see someone in the Children’s Dept. and sign up now. Any of the children’s clothing that is purchased for the show will receive a 10% discount.

We have just received confirmation that Secretary Harris will be our keynote speaker for our Child Advocacy Expo! Make sure you don’t miss this event, it is a wonderful networking tool and informational. Please reserve your tables early so you don’t miss out on this opportunity to let others know who you are and what you do! Many donors attend as well!

OH WHAT A NIGHT IT WILL BE!

Get out your DRESSY clothes and mark your calendars for Friday, October 25th 2024 to attend our annual Angel Awareness Event! It will be a night to remember at the St Pete Yacht Club. Our Gala is always an amazing evening with Raffle Items, Live Auction, Silent Auction, Entertainment and the more importantly, the impact we are making in children’s lives in our community thanks to all of you!

On behalf of Angels Against Abuse and myself, personally, I would like to thank each and every person who has been a part of our 17 year journey. There are no words to express our gratitude and appreciation for your support. We would not be where we are today without you!

We look forward to the anticipation of breaking the pattern of abuse for these children who represent our future, and we pray that the many challenges and obstacles they have faced will make them stronger and vigilant for the future that lies ahead of them.

It is only thanks to the support we have received from your generous hearts that we can impact their lives. From the bottom of our hearts, Thank You!

Have a wonderful and blessed New Year and God Bless You and your families!
Sandy Kearney, Founder/President

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LETS STAY CONNECTED WITH OUR COMMUNITY LEADERS.

ATTENTION COMMUNITY PARTNERS

If you would like to share your link in our monthly newsletters, please forward me the link and any other information about your organization. This will help keep everyone connected and current with our community resources.

Our website is a wonderful resource for our community partners so please take advantage of sharing your information to our readers. Knowledge is POWER and our community has so many resources. Let’s SHARE! You are only a click away!

MEET OUR COMMUNITY PARTNERS

Please follow the links below to read about our Community Partners and all they are doing to make a difference in our community for the children, youth and families we advocate for 24/7.

Our community leaders are changing lives and giving children HOPE for a better tomorrow. It takes all of us to make it happen!

Children are our future…

Applied Behavior Analysis Therapy assesses each child to gauge their skills and devices tailor-made treatment plans to fit their needs and goals. Most importantly: it’s based on what children do best…play!

Reach out and connect with a member of our Care Team today! Our Care Team guides families through every step of the process to ensure you’re supported no matter what questions come up

The Heart Gallery of Pinellas and Pasco – we work to find forever families for children in foster care through adoption. Because every child deserves a forever home. We generate awareness through community partners such as yours and our galleries. Our galleries consist of heart art and beautiful portraits of the children that are displayed throughout galleries in the community, on our website and on social media so potential adoptive parents can find them.

With compassion and respect, St. Pete Free Clinic changes lives by providing health care, nutritious food, recovery housing, and education for our neighbors in need.

FRESH SPROUTS PROGRAM
FRESH Sprouts was developed with a focus on learning & exploration.

FRESH Sprouts meets families where they are, partnering with local preschools, reducing barriers, and providing weekly deliveries of fresh produce and interactive activities that make trying new foods fun and low-pressure. Children in food-insecure households are at a greater risk for developing cognitive impairments, delays in development, and poor behavioral health outcomes. FRESH Sprout’s weekly recipes are intentionally designed to include the key nutrients children need to learn and grow.

Fresh Sprouts served an average of 475 families per week, delivering 20,728 bags in fiscal year 2023. A contribution of $15,000 can support a pre-school for a year!

Mission Statement: NAMI Pinellas is dedicated to improving the mental health and quality of life of individuals and their families affected by mental illness through education, support, and advocacy.

“The requirements for our recipients are below. If the family meets all the requirements to receive beds from our program, please complete the application (linked below) on behalf of the family. The beds we provide are standard twin size beds complete with a new mattress and bedding and we have bed deliveries every other Saturday morning.

1. The family must live in Pinellas County. It can be anywhere from Tarpon Springs to South St. Petersburg, but we do only deliver to Pinellas County.

2. The beds are for the children, so we cap the age at 18. We will deliver beds to those children in need age 18 or under.

3. We do not want to have a cycle of an ongoing problem, so we ask that issues such as bed bugs, or any other infestation, be treated and taken care of prior to us providing a bed.

4. It is not a “better bed” program. The program is designed to truly provide beds for those children who do not have a bed of their own to sleep in. We feel this is important for children to wake rested in the morning, and be ready for their day and school.

The link to the online application is below. Please keep in mind, the application should be filled out by the case worker only, and NOT sent to the parent to fill out. We rely on you, the direct contact with the family, to know the family, and know the need. Once the application is filled out, one of our volunteers will contact the family directly to schedule a time for delivery of the beds. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Melanie Benner
Missions Coordinator | BridgePoint Church

Jonathan Goodman
Director of Development & Communications
Champions for Children, Inc
[email protected]
3108 W. Azeele St., Tampa FL 33609
Main (813) 673-4646 ext. 1112 | Cell (813) 738-4186
Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn | Join Our Mailing List
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Would you or someone you know like to know more about Champions programs, or just need some support? Call our Parent Warm Line at 813-673-4646

Our Commitment to Tampa Bay
Our Mission

Champions for Children’s mission is to build stronger families with thriving children throughout Tampa Bay through our child abuse prevention and family education programs

Leah Veal, Ed.S
Executive Director
BLI Learning Labs, Inc.
blilearning.org
Leah Veal <[email protected]>
727.281.6564

Gloria Lawson, thank you for all you do to make a difference in the lives of the children in our community. Your commitment to these children is a blessing, and the lives you have changed never goes unnoticed.

Thank you for your leadership.

Connie Going
Executive Director and Owner
Going Adoption and Surrogacy, LLC
2335 22nd Ave S. Suite 6
St. Petersburg, Fla.33712
727-331-3902
727-501-2646
Licensed Child placing Agency Florida #100268007

At Going Adoption and Surrogacy, our professionals represent more than 70 combined years in adoptions, child welfare, and surrogacy services. We have extensive advocacy experience from local court systems all of the way to Capitol Hill. We are available to consult on an individual basis and encourage you to reach out with any situation you feel we may be able to help you with. We can contract with you if appropriate on your specific situation.

Through an international network of Affiliates, I Support the Girls collects and distributes essential items, including bras, underwear, and menstrual hygiene products, allowing women and folks experiencing homelessness, impoverishment, or distress to stand tall with dignity.

I Support the Girls, EIN 81-2163243

Nancy Blount
Affiliate Director
I Support the Girls – Tampa Bay
727-510-2263

Mission Statement: Thrive Family Support is committed to closing the wide gap between a family’s first concerns about their child and when they first access quality support. We work to break down the financial and cultural boundaries that prevent families from accessing care from qualified professionals through our online courses and workshops so that every family can gain the knowledge and skills to help their child thriveJ

Julia Strauss
[email protected]

A BIG THANK YOU from Directions for Living to the Pineapple Project Team for taking this family under their wings and making this house a home! This family’s life has been changed forever!

The Pineapple Projects Mission

Our goal at The Pineapple Projects is to extend a hand to people in our community that are starting over and need help by turning their house into a home. Using gently used donated home furnishings and thoughtful interior design, we transform their empty homes into spaces they can take pride in. We provide essential furnishings for their family. We believe in second chances, kindness, and community.
So … what’s up with the name? We get asked that a lot! A pineapple expresses “welcome” and symbolizes friendship, hospitality, and warmth. We hope to bring these feelings to each project we do!

ASHLEY CORNETET FOUNDER & CEO The Pineapple Projects

Ashley is originally from Louisville, KY. She has been married for over 20 years to Mike. They moved to Florida almost 6 years ago. They have two children Max and Ava and two fur babies that complete their home. Ashley has a background as a realtor and a home stager. She has always had a passion for helping others.

The Pineapple Projects came to be when she saw a post during Covid about a family who had lost their serving jobs and had sold all their home essentials to pay their bills. She knew she could help and reached out to friends and the community for help! Within 10 days their home was transformed. In two years The Pineapple Projects has helped 43 families and just over 200 people!

HISTORY OF THE PINEAPPLE PROJECTS
The Pineapple Projects Mission is to help those in need of home essentials. We transform houses into homes for our Pinellas County neighbors who are starting over and need a helping hand. We spread love and joy by creating beautiful spaces that feel like home – home that provides a restful environment to support each family’s fresh new start. We are designing change! One family at a time.

Happiness is loving what you do and where you live-

THANK YOU TO ALL THE MENTORS AND LEADERS AT FRIENDS OF THE CHILDREN TAMPA BAY FOR YOUR 12.5 YEAR COMMITMENT TO THE CHILDREN YOU ADVOCATE FOR ALL YEAR LONG

The Angels have partnered with Friends of the Children Tampa Bay for over seven years and we have had the opportunity to see the difference that these mentors are making in the children’s lives that they mentor for 12.5 years. This program allows a child to know there is a stable person in their life that can change their journey. These mentors are heroes to these children and the Angels want to thank each and every one of them for their support and guidance to these children.

YOUR ARE HEROES

OUR OPPORTUNITY OUTREACH PROGRAM IS A HUGE SUCCESS.

The Angels are putting smiles on the faces of children in our community with our partnership with Hero to a Child for the Opportunity Outreach Program. As these requests for the little things that make a difference in a child’s life come in, we fill them immediately with the hope that we are making a difference in this child’s life. This outreach program allows these children an outlet to build friendships, social skills and feel like any other normal child which will change their lives and give them HOPE for a better tomorrow.

Every month the Angels receive an update of how we have impacted children by providing them with activities of their choice. It is very exciting for us to hear that we are a part of helping them grow socially and be like any other children. Anything we can do to help them cope with some of the challenges they face daily puts a smile on our faces. The Angels are so happy to put a smile on these faces and give them HOPE for a better tomorrow. Thank you Erin for sharing your monthly updates and thank you for representing your agency at our monthly meetings.

The Angels partnered with Directions for Living approximately ten years and we have seen first-hand the impact they have had in our community. April Lott serves as the President & CEO of the local nonprofit Directions for Living and has for nearly 15 years. Her impact goes well beyond the work she does in that role. She is an incredible force for good. She is a fierce advocate for children, a relentless giver of altruistic time and talent and energy, and a true leader in the field of social services. The Angels are so proud of the accomplishments that have been made at Campbell Park Elementary School and Kings Highway School with the BabyCat initiative. It is a huge success and on its way to becoming a model for pre-k/elementary schools in the State of Florida. Congratulations April and your DFL Team!

Angels Against Abuse will be partnering with Family Support Services Suncoast to maximize the use of our Angel Center in the coming days. It is our hope that this partnership will help to expedite the reunification process and get children back with their biological parents. We look forward to assisting FSS Suncoast with visitations at our beautiful Angel Center and be a part of watching families become healthy. We would like to welcome our growing staff to assist with the visitations at the Center. Felicia O’Malley and Carol Curtis. Welcome ladies! We are proud to have you a part of our team. Ashley Tominus will be overseeing our new team who everyone is familiar with. She has been the Supervisor of the Angel Center since we opened our doors 4 years ago and does an amazing job!

THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO

The Angels have been working with the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, CPI Division for over 13 years and we have provided many programs that have made a difference in the lives of the children and youth we advocate for 24/7 addressing the needs requested by this division of the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. The investigators of the Child Protection Investigation Department work tirelessly to keep children safe while at the same time make their transition in the child welfare system as comfortable as possible. The Baby Mouse Nibbles Baby Bags has helped the Sheriff’s CPI Division with the transition of placing these little ones with their caregivers. Approximately 20-25 per month are being put together with everything an infant would need for almost a month.

The Angels have been partners with Healthy Start PAT Program for approximately six years providing infant needs and adopting families through our Christmas Giving Program. We have been a part of the impact that this organization has on the new moms and their babies over the years we have been a part of this program. Thank you to the staff and leaders of Healthy Start for all you do to give these little babies a healthy start.

Schenelle Conway| Family and Community Engagement Specialist

Head Start Mission
To educate, equip, and empower children, families and staff through partnerships
and efficient data driven systems to close the achievement gap.

Head Start Vision
Ready for School, Prepared for Life.

Lutheran Services Florida
Helping people build healthier, happier, and hope-filled tomorrows

Angel Calendar Of Events
2024

May 14th 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM
Angel Meeting
Pasadena Community Church,
Life Enrichment Center
221 70th Street South
St Petersburg, FL

June 11th 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM
Angel Meeting
Pasadena Community Church,
Life Enrichment Center
221 70th Street South
St Petersburg, FL

July 9th – 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM
Angel Meeting
Pasadena Community Church,
Life Enrichment Center
221 70th Street South
St Petersburg, FL

August 13th – 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM
Angel Meeting
Pasadena Community Church,
Life Enrichment Center
221 70th Street South
St Petersburg, FL

August 26th 9:00 AM – Noon
Child Advocacy Expo
Pinellas Realtor Organization (PRO)
4590 Ulmerton Road
Pinellas Park, FL

Please Mark Your Calendars for these
Special Events.

Angel Calendar Of Events
2024

September 10th – 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM
Angel Meeting
Pasadena Community Church,
Life Enrichment Center
221 70th Street South
St Petersburg, FL

October 8th – 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM
Angel Meeting
Pasadena Community Church,
Life Enrichment Center
221 70th Street South
St Petersburg, FL

October 25th – 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Blue Ribbon Gala
St Pete Yacht Club
11 Central Avenue
St Petersburg, FL

November 12th – 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM
Angel Meeting
Pasadena Community Church,
Life Enrichment Center
221 70th Street South
St Petersburg, FL

December 11th – 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
WEDNESDAY
Angel Christmas Giving Celebration
Pasadena Community Church, GYM
221 70th Street South
St Petersburg, FL

Please Mark Your Calendars for these
Special Events.

WE NEED YOUR VOTE TO STAY ON TOP.

THANK YOU ANGELS FOR TAKING THE TIME TO WRITE A REVIEW!

THIS IS SO IMPORTANT SO PLEASE TAKE A FEW MINUTES AND LET EVERYONE KNOW HOW WE ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE.

YOUR WORDS SPEAK VOLUMES IN THE COMMUNITY!

PLEASE SHOW YOUR SUPPORT!

We are looking for volunteers for all of our upcoming events. Please contact Sandy Kearney by clicking on the above link and let us know which of our upcoming events you are available to help volunteer. Please remember that all of these events benefit the Angels and your support will make a difference. Thank you for your support!