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Pinellas Park Chamber of Commerce Mixer
The Pinellas Park Chamber Mixer at Vincent House on July 24th was a great success, and we are thankful for the opportunity to be a part of this event. We are also grateful to the Vincent House Board Members who attended: Bill Mischler, Noreen Hodges, Denise McCabe, and Dr. Dan Strauss. Vincent House welcomed about 40 businessmen and businesswomen who learned more about what we do here and how to strengthen relationships between Vincent House and the business community at large. We look forward to more partnerships in the future!
Wellness Empowerment Grant
Vincent House received a grant, of 130,000 dollars, from The Humana Foundation. On June 20th, we hosted a joyous celebration for the grand check reveal. With this grant we will be teaming up with BayCare nurses, National University of Health Sciences nutritionists, and USF faculty to start a Wellness Empowerment Project. This project will fund local sustainable food options from our backyard garden. We are also employing practitioners in yoga and meditation to help relieve stress and reduce anxiety. The nurses and nutritionists will incorporate nutritious eating with cooking demonstrations and one on one health consultations. We are thankful to the Humana Foundation for supporting our efforts to be a healthier community!
Vincent House Volunteer 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.
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.
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!
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 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.
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.
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.’