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Vincent House Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast

Group of our Vincent House Volunteers at our Appreciation Breakfast.

May 12, we celebrated all of our volunteers with a grand breakfast buffet and a special program. Many of Vincent House’s successes are thanks to our dedicated volunteers who believe in our members and have helped guide them on their journeys to wellness. To all of our volunteers, we sincerely thank you. Please enjoy this member made appreciation video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CSilES6sCSo

Vincent House Travels to Sarasota

Vincent House members and staff took a charter bus out to Sarasota last Friday to see the new buildings for Vincent Academy. Everyone had a great time seeing the transformations from bare ground to an almost recognizable structure. The new academy will continue the fight to help people with mental illnesses live normal and fulfilling lives by helping members in the Sarasota community gain meaningful employment and lasting relationships.

This is the Vincent Academy building in Sarasota.

Vincent House Ventures to Hernando

At the end of last fall, we decided to partner with NAMI Hernando to create a new “Recovery through Work” program. The new location will be called Vincent Academy of the Adventure Coast and will share a building with NAMI. In December, the first meeting was held to discuss the creation of Vincent Academy in Hernando. Dianne and Elliott Steele, our founders, are heading the initial phase of this project and look forward to bringing the Recovery through Work model to Pasco and Hernando County Residents.

Representatives from NAMI Hernando and Vincent House meet for the first time about opening Vincent Academy of the Adventure Coast in Hernando.

Representatives from NAMI Hernando and Vincent House meet for the first time about opening Vincent Academy of the Adventure Coast in Hernando.

 

 

Red Hat Society Donates to Vincent House

On January 26th, 11 women from the Red Hat Society visited Vincent House. They went on a tour and our Culinary Team served them lunch. Before they left, the women presented us with a check donation. We are thankful to the Red Hat Society for their support in helping us transform lives!

The Red Hat Society visits Vincent House.

The Red Hat Society visits Vincent House.

 

 

Sam’s Club Donates to Vincent House

This fall, Sam’s Club of Pinellas Park made a monetary donation to Vincent House. Thank you to Todd Fornshell, manager, and fellow employees for your generosity!

Vincent House receives check donation from Sam’s Club of Pinellas Park. (From left to right: Sam’s Club Supervisor Tanya and Vincent House members Alex Favara, Jenny Beckus, and Dogan Ortalan)

Vincent House receives check donation from Sam’s Club of Pinellas Park. (From left to right: Sam’s Club Supervisor Tanya and Vincent House members Alex Favara, Jenny Beckus, and Dogan Ortalan)

 

Vincent House Receives Two Awards at the 20th Annual NAMI Picnic

Vincent House on October 8th attended the NAMI Annual Picnic at Seminole Lake Park. At the event, Ligia Gomez, our Program Director, and the Culinary Team were both presented with the Iris Award. The Iris Award is given to those going above and beyond advocating for individuals with mental illness. We are proud of our team for bringing awareness to mental health in our community.

Humana volunteers visit Vincent House

September 30th, we had a 14 employees from Humana volunteer at Vincent House. The Humana volunteers joined our teams and worked side by side on projects with our members. We had a productive afternoon and enjoyed working with the volunteers. Vincent House is a proud partner of Humana’s Bold Moves Initiative in Tampa Bay.

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Humana employees volunteered at Vincent House to learn hands-on how Vincent House transforms lives of those with mental illness. Vincent House member, Alex Carlson, and Humana volunteer, Florence Hooper, make potato leek soup in the Culinary Team. (bottom).

Vincent House Presents Marketing and Fundraising Workshop in Washington DC

Aloysia McPherson and Kayla Jacobson attended the Clubhouse International USA National Conference in Washington DC in September.  Our Vincent House team conducted a workshop on marketing and fundraising strategies, entitled: “How to put FUN back into Fundraising.” This was a great opportunity to share our knowledge and fundraising experiences.

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Vincent House member, Aloysia McPherson (left), and staff, Kayla Jacobson (right), conduct marketing and fundraising workshop at National Conference in Washington DC.

 

San Antonio Clubhouse attends Training at Vincent House

In August, a group of members and staff from San Antonio Clubhouse, Texas, visited Vincent House for an exchange of ideas and best practices. They were particularly interested in how we incorporate technology into vocational training.  We also conducted many workshops including Customer Service Training, Point of Sale system training, and member card design and production. We enjoyed sharing our knowledge with San Antonio and hope they gained skills that will benefit their community.’

 

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San Antonio members learn to manage the front desk system (above) and the Point of Sale system (below)

Vincent House Competes in Local Cupcake Competition

Vincent House competed in the Great St. Pete Cupcake Contest, organized by the Morean Arts Center. We submitted 4 entries, including vegan and gluten free cupcakes. We offered our chocolate cappuccino vegan cupcakes to over a thousand attendees. It was a beautiful afternoon to showcase our culinary skills and inform people about Vincent House.

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Vincent House staff and members serving our cappuccino vegan cupcakes to attendees at the Great St. Pete Cupcake Contest

Vincent House Shows Appreciation of Local Police Officers

Vincent House visited our local Community Policing Station and the main Pinellas Park Police Department in September to thank them for their service. We are fortunate to have such selfless officers committed to serving our community. Special thanks to Chief of Police Mike Haworth, Captain Berger, Sergeant Linquist, and their wonderful community policing team.

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Vincent House staff and members visited the Community Policing Station (above) and the Main Police Department (below) to thank officers for their service to the community.

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Paul Ziegler Celebrates his Retirement at Vincent House

Paul Ziegler retired this month from his position at BB&T Bank as Vice-President Market Leader and at Vincent House as a Board Member. Vincent House hosted a retirement party for Paul and his BB&T colleges on July 13th. The Culinary Arts Team catered and served about 60 guests. The evening celebrated Paul’s hard work and dedication not only to BB&T, but also to Vincent House. We are appreciative of Paul’s investment in our community and wish him a relaxing retirement.

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Paul Ziegler, former Vice-President Market Leader of BB&T and Board Member for Vincent House, receives his banner entitled “Caring”, with Sonya Herring, Vincent House member, and William McKeever, Executive Director.

 

Apple Business Team visits Vincent House

Thank you to Heather, Julie and Ely of the Apple Business Team for their visit this month. We are proud to put Apple technology to use in rebuilding lives.

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Apple Business Team from Tampa visits Vincent House.

Vincent House Receives Coldwell Bank Donation

This June, Vincent House received a generous donation from Coldwell Bank. Rena, a member, shared her journey to recovery. She accepted the check at the St. Petersburg office. We are fortunate to have Coldwell Bank as a continuous supporter.

 

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Rena, Vincent House member, accepts check donation from Pat Lins, Coldwell Bank Broker Associate.

 Culinary Arts Team Hosts Food Safety Training

This June, our Culinary Arts Team offered the first session of our culinary training courses. Members from all teams joined to learn about sanitation protocols and food handling safety. It was a very educational and exciting afternoon; we look forward to the upcoming sessions!

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Members and staff learn the importance of food safety in our first culinary training course.

 

Vincent House Receives Proceeds from the Women’s Service League Fundraiser

The Women’s Service League prides itself in supporting local organizations throughout Pinellas County. This April, Vincent House was fortunate to have been chosen to receive the proceeds from the Women’s Service League’s fashion show fundraiser: Get Your Kicks at Promenade 66. This contribution will allow Vincent House to keep transforming lives.

 

 

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The Women’s Service League of St. Petersburg makes a generous donation to Vincent House.

 

Vincent House Caters for Crisis Intervention Training

The Pinellas Park Police Department in collaboration with the Pinellas Park branch of NAMI provides Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) to officers. The training teaches officers how to effectively manage situations involving a person experiencing a mental health crisis. Our Culinary Arts team enjoyed the experience of creating a delicious buffet for the 70 officers during the two days of training. We are grateful for this wonderful event to showcase our members’ skills!

Bank of America makes a Generous Donation

Bank of America is a big supporter of Vincent House and recently donated $30,000. This contribution will allow us to continue innovating and preparing our members for employment. Thank you, Bank of America!

William McKeever, Executive Director, receives check donation from Bank of America representatives. Pictured from left to right is Bill Mischler, William McKeever, Jose Fourquet and Tim Gross.

William McKeever, Executive Director, receives check donation from Bank of America representatives. Pictured from left to right is Bill Mischler, William McKeever, Jose Fourquet and Tim Gross.

 

Humana Volunteers Experience an Afternoon at Vincent House

On February 23rd, we welcomed 25 volunteers from Humana and they completed projects alongside members to understand our Recovery through Work approach. The afternoon was such a success, Humana gave us a donation. We are appreciative of Humana and look forward to growing our partnership.

William McKeever, Executive Director, receives check donation from Humana representatives.


William McKeever, Executive Director, receives check donation from Humana representatives.

 

 
Humana volunteers and Vincent House members conduct a banking session together.

Humana volunteers and Vincent House members conduct a banking session together.

 

Vincent House Competes in Top Chef of Tampa Bay

Vincent House competed in the Top Chef of Tampa Bay hosted by the Senior Care Foundation on April 25th. Our theme was Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh to honor the artist we are named after. We faced the challenge of competing against large businesses, including the Holiday Inn and Ocean Prime. We won two awards: Most Philanthropic and Best Table Décor. The event brought our community together to produce a beautiful masterpiece.

Vincent House members and staff prepared to serve a five course meal in the theme of Starry Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh.

Vincent House members and staff prepared to serve a five course meal in the theme of Starry Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh.

 

Ground Breaks for Vincent Academy

On April 14th, we held the ground breaking for Vincent Academy: our new location in Sarasota. Numerous representatives from community organizations attended to support our expansion. The representatives included Scott Eller (CEO of Community Assisted and Supported Living), Melissa Larkin-Skinner (COO Centerstone), Linda McKinnon (CEO of Central Florida Behavioral Network, Steve Queior (Chamber of Commerce), Jack Minghe (CEO of Coastal Behavioral Healthcare), Roxie Jerde (CEO of Community Foundation of Sarasota County), George Barthalow (Division of Vocational Rehabilitation), PJ Brooks (Vice President of First Step of Sarasota), Mark Pritchett (CEO of Gulf Voast Community Foundation), Daniel DeFrank (COO of Jewish Family &Children Services), Jennifer Ernst (CEO of Mental Health Community Centers), Mark Mathisen (President of National Alliance on Mental Illness), Larry Eger, (Public Defender), Paul Caragiulo (Sarasota County Commissioner), Patrick Dorsey (Pubilsher of Sarasota Herald-Tribune), David Verinder (CEO of Sarasota Memorial Hospital), Pat Robinson (Deputy Chief of Sarasota Police Department), Tom Knight (Sarasota County Shieriff), Tom Beames (Senior Vice President of SunTrust), Mireya Eavey (Sarasota president of United Way). The building is set to be completed by the beginning of the new year. We are excited to transform even more lives with Vincent Academy. Read more about Vincent Academy here.

Vincent Academy has it official groundbreaking in Sarasota with over 200 people in attendance.

Vincent Academy has it official groundbreaking in Sarasota with over 200 people in attendance.

 

Culinary Arts Caters for the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay

Our Culinary Arts Team catered four Community Foundation of Tampa Bay luncheon meetings held at Habitat for Humanity over the last 6 months. This was a great opportunity for us to showcase our culinary and customer service skills.

Vincent House member, Dawn, serves former Police Chief. Doreen Thomas, and other Community Foundation of Tampa Bay members.

Vincent House member, Dawn, serves former Police Chief. Doreen Thomas, and other Community Foundation of Tampa Bay members. 
 

New Car Donation from Hard Working Member

We are appreciative of the Honda Civic donated to us by an employed member. It is wonderful to have a member give back to the community and remember his Vincent House family. We are excited to drive our new vehicle!

Car Donation An employed member donated his Honda Civic to Vincent House.

 An employed member donated his Honda Civic to Vincent House.

 

Vincent House Celebrates Volunteers

We hosted a breakfast buffet to honor our hardworking volunteers. Our expanding group of volunteers is an important part of our community. We are thankful for their dedication

Dr. Dan Strauss, Jillian Johnson, and Robert Koser from National University of Health Sciences enjoy the breakfast at the Volunteer Appreciation event. Dr. Dan Strauss, Jillian Johnson, and Robert Koser from National University of Health Sciences enjoy the breakfast at the Volunteer Appreciation event. 

 

COMING SOON TO SARASOTA: Vincent Academy

Vincent House is partnering with Bob and Joan Geyer of the Sunset Automobile Group for the creation of Vincent Academy in Sarasota.

 

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Vincent House hosts the St. Petersburg West Rotary Club!

Vincent House had the honor of hosting the St. Petersburg West Club for their monthly meeting.  We served them a hearty breakfast and had the opportunity to share about our Recovery Though Work Program.  This wonderful Rotary group surprised us with a generous donation!  We are so grateful and hope to have them back soon!

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Vincent House PSA receives a Telly Award!

This spring, our Arts & Communications Team created our very first Public Service Announcement (PSA) with the goal reaching more people with our Vincent House message of hope.  This PSA was accepted by Bright House and will be shown nationally to Bright House subscribers during summer months.  Just last week the news got even better: our PSA is one of the 2015 Telly Award winners! Our Vincent House PSA won bronze in the Charitable Not-for-Profit Film/Video category. We are proud of the creativity and hard work of our Arts & Communications Team!

If you haven’t yet, check out our Vincent House PSA.

Or click here to learn more about the Telly Awards.

 

Vincent House is featured on WFLA News Channel 8!

Gayle Guyardo speaks to the Community Relations Team

Gayle Guyardo, the anchor for the morning and midday Channel 8 news, stopped by for a visit at Vincent House last Thursday.  Mrs. Guyardo arrived at the start of our day, and was able to capture our community hard at work. We are thankful to Mrs. Guyardo and the Channel 8 News Team for showcasing Vincent House, and to Denise McCabe, a member of our Board of Directors, for making this happen.

 

Check out the story at the link below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bL57DJdWKhE&feature=youtu.be

 

Gayle Guyardo visits Vincent HouseFrom left to right, John Dean (member), Chiquita Ivory (member), Jenny Beckus (member), Bill Mischler (Vincent House Board of Directors and former mayor of Pinellas Park), Gayle Guyardo, William McKeever and Denise McCabe (Vincent House Board of Directors).

 

Vincent House receives a generous donation from Dr. Randy Feldman and the Tampa Bay Lightning

The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Dr. Randy Feldman as the 27th Lightning Community Hero for this season. Dr. Feldman, a practicing orthodontist for over 32 years, has devoted his life to service, providing pro-bono services and contributing to a number of local non-profit organizations. Dr. Feldman joined with Lee Mezrah to create the “13 Ugly Men Foundation.” On February 7th, at the L.A. Kings – Lightning game, Dr. Feldman received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation. In line with his generous spirit, he chose to donate the money to 5 local non-profits. Vincent House is very fortunate to be one of them! We are grateful to Dr. Feldman, Lee Mezrah, and the Tampa Bay Lightning for this generous contribution.

Dr. Randy Feldman provides check to Vincent HouseWilliam McKeever (left), Executive Director, and Stephanie Whitford (center), Vincent House member, receive a $10,000 check from Dr. Randy Feldman (right).

Dr. Randy Feldman with Lee Mezrah and VHFrom left to right, Dr. Randy Feldman, William McKeever, Stephanie Whitford and Lee Mezrah.