For Good: Starting Right Now expands programs for homeless youth

September 23, 2014 Thanks to a nonprofit organization and shelter, homeless youth in Tampa Bay have a place to call home and motivation to succeed. Starting Right, Now (SRN) takes in youth who are unaccompanied (living without a parent or guardian) who may be couch hopping or staying with friends, but have no permanent place to call home. The youth

Homeless kids to gain home, education

August 7, 2014 LARGO — Homeless students in Pinellas County public schools could get a place to call home and a ticket to college as early as January. Starting Right Now, a Hillsborough County nonprofit organization, has settled on the school district’s vacant Harris TIPS building, 4600 Haines Road, St. Petersburg, to launch the Pinellas wing of its comprehensive homeless

After living in her car, student finds a home and hope

May 22, 2014 TAMPA – On a cold night four months ago, La’Quita Carter took a pillow from the trunk of her car, climbed into the back seat and wrapped herself in an old blanket. A polar blast was sliding south, prompting sheet-draped outdoor foliage and the opening of Tampa’s shelters. La’Quita was 18 that cold night and needed a

Hometown Hero: South Tampa dentist treats students who need care

December 24, 2013 TAMPA – Dequjuan Martin spent years with tooth pain, along with the headaches it caused and the trouble he had concentrating in school. Martin, a 19-year-old Armwood High School senior who goes by “Qujuan,” couldn’t remember the last time he had his teeth cleaned. That all changed when he met Dr. Caitilin Martini, a South Tampa dentist,

Everyday Hero- Vicki Sokolik

January 24, 2011 A Tampa woman has taken dozens of homeless teens under her wing. Without her help, many would be faced with a rough life on the streets. Vicki Sokolik is no stranger to most Hillsborough County high schools. “I call them my kids. People get confused all the time because I always say my kids. Sokolik’s been like

Homeless have haven in her heart

December 30, 2010 TAMPA – Vicki Sokolik remembers breaking the one rule she was told eight years ago while giving Christmas presents to homeless kids: Don’t contact them later. “I ended up giving presents to one young woman who I could not understand why she was homeless,” Sokolik recalls. She was smart and tough. “But it was clear she had