About the Class Project
The LSP Class of 2015 selected the Suncoast Center's 22nd Avenue South location as our partner from a list of local, non-profit organizations that completed a comprehensive Request for Proposal (RFP) process. Our project will improve the facility so that the center will be able to serve more residents of the area.
The project scope includes:
- Expanding interior space to accommodate more clients
- Reconfiguring the exterior to improve client experience and enhance the image in the community
- Enhancing security at the site to ensure the safety of clients, employees and visitors
How can you help?
The Class of 2015 is presently seeking monetary and in-kind sponsors to complete the project. “We believe that everyone should benefit from the transformation taking place in St. Petersburg and the Class of 2015 is honored to have the opportunity to help strengthen and empower the community and its families through our project with Suncoast Center,” said Ivan K. Hopkins, LSP Class of 2015 Project Chair. The estimated project cost is $90,000 and must be raised by April 2015. LSP class members will complete the project work by May 10, 2015.
Send funds or inquiries about in-kind donations in support of this project to St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce, Attention: Brittany Walsh, Program and Event Manager, 100 2nd Ave N, Suite 150, St. Petersburg, FL 33701. Please make checks payable to " LSP Project."
About Suncoast Center, Inc.
Suncoast Center, Inc. offers multiple levels of evidence-based treatment for children, families, adults, and seniors in Pinellas County, with select services available in surrounding counties. A variety of services are available such as child abuse prevention & advocacy, mental health & psychiatric services, family & individual counseling and trauma services. Further, Suncoast Center operates Pinellas County’s only certified rape crisis treatment center and children’s advocacy center. This organization strives to strengthen, protect, and restore lives in order to build a healthy community.
The broad array of Suncoast Center services not only addresses the needs in the community, but also those of Pinellas County in general. Out of the 29,536 individuals in the county served by Suncoast Center, 38% live in the South St. Petersburg area; yet only 9% of outpatient clients can be seen at the 22nd Avenue South location. Currently unable to keep up with demand, Suncoast Center will benefit greatly as the recipient of the Leadership St. Pete Class Project, which will help them serve more residents in need.