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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 Volunteers with Vincent House members.

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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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Sonya, Angela and Kalya greet at the front desk.

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