A home of their own

Nicole is the mother to four adorable boys.  The journey here to SVdP CARES Center of Hope began when Nicole left a domestic violence situation with the father of her four children. Raising four children is a big job, but Nicole was left with no choice when her relationship with their father turned violent.

Nicole is a survivor, with four children to take care of. When the odds were stacked against this little family they also lost everything due to a house fire.  Although they were able to stay with family, that period was short lived.  Nicole found herself homeless, with four little mouths to feed.

Nicole works from home doing 2 jobs so she can stay with her youngest child who has Down syndrome.  The children have always been her first priority.  When Nicole ran out of options for housing, broke and scared, she brought her family to the Center of Hope. 

Caring for four children alone while living in a shelter was not what she planned, but her life took some serious turns.  Once she was able to have a stable living situation at the Center of Hope, Nicole worked diligently with our staff. As of result of her efforts, we learned that Nicole was a perfect candidate for our Rapid Re-Housing program called Bridging Families.

The Center of Hope Bridging Families Program works to stabilize families experiencing housing crisis by providing them with a safe environment to reside while they work to secure more stable housing in the community.   Your gifts make this possible.

We are pleased to report that Nicole and her children are thriving in their new home. Her story is just one of many, where SVdP CARES Center of Hope has ended homelessness and alleviated poverty.

With the support of committed donors like you, we are able to impact thousands every year, and end their homelessness.


January 2018

We are pleased to announce in conjunction with the Gulf Coast Community Foundation, that we are starting a new program in Sarasota County to address the homeless population.  Michael Raposa, CEO of St. Vincent de Paul CARES, says the new program intends to remove as many barriers as possible to individuals, especially those who may be ineligible for other social services. “You don’t need to be clean or sober. You don’t need a job,” he says. “This is a holistic approach to ending homelessness for this client.” 

The following links are the articles about this exciting new partnership in Sarasota:

Thank you to the donors in the Sarasota region for making this a reality, and to you, for being a part of the vision to help end homelessness, making it rare, brief and non-recurring.

You may have noticed when you read the articles that our CEO Michael J. Raposa used the name St. Vincent de Paul CARES (SVdP CARES).  As SVdP South Pinellas expands and now covers five counties, we are in the process of upgrading our brand to St. Vincent de Paul CARES.

Although we are committed to our mission here in South Pinellas and the City of St. Petersburg, we are excited to include the counties: Pinellas, Pasco, Hillsborough, Polk and Sarasota in our efforts to end homelessness.  It is our belief that the name SVdP CARES reflects our regional outreach beyond South Pinellas.