UP CLOSE WITH CATHY UNRUH  March 2018: Starting Right, Now UP CLOSE WITH CATHY UNRUH March 2018: Starting Right, Now

UP CLOSE WITH CATHY UNRUH March 2018: Starting Right, Now

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Starting Right, Now shines at WEDU’s annual Be More Awards Starting Right, Now shines at WEDU’s annual Be More Awards

Starting Right, Now shines at WEDU’s annual Be More Awards TAMPA — As she reflected on her latest Be More Award Thursday afternoon, Vicki Sokolik thought of some kind words a student once shared with her. The text came moments after Sokolik, executive director of the nonprofit Starting Right, Now, had taken “her kids” through a four-day retreat to help

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Class of 2018: TBT’s Anita Morgan rises above abuse to thrive Class of 2018: TBT’s Anita Morgan rises above abuse to thrive

Class of 2018: TBT’s Anita Morgan rises above abuse to thrive TAMPA — For those who fear there is no hope, or help, or heart left in this world, there is the story of Anita Morgan. There are any number of life-wrenching places to begin … In the middle of the night, in the back of a police car, cruising

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With need great, more homeless teens to get help With need great, more homeless teens to get help

March 30, 2017 “My mom lost her job and she had drug problems,” said Rogers, now 23 years old and a graduate of Starting Right Now, which helps homeless teens. With need great, more homeless teens to get help Rogers plans on graduating from USF soon with a degree in public health. She’s also a resident assistant at Starting Right

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Holiday Hopes: Plant High student made it this far alone, wants just one thing for college Holiday Hopes: Plant High student made it this far alone, wants just one thing for college

February 2, 2017 TAMPA — She heard it from the other room, at first thinking her brother was laughing, then knowing he was crying, harder than she’d ever heard before. He only had to say one word — “Mom” — and Catie Purnell knew that her mother was gone. Her knees got weak. She sat on the edge of her

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Rough road to graduation included sleeping on porch, couch surfing Rough road to graduation included sleeping on porch, couch surfing

September 8, 2016 TAMPA — Only in hindsight did Yves Luma realize her mother never intended to get on the plane. Luma was 9. She wore a flowing white summer shirt and baggy jeans that she could grow into. Her mother said they were going to the United States, a land of shining streets and beautiful homes. On the tarmac

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Homeless sisters, one at Armwood, help each another stay in school Homeless sisters, one at Armwood, help each another stay in school

September 8, 2016 SEFFNER — When the school bell rang, Kemari Hayes sprinted home so her classmates wouldn’t find out where she lived. Home was a room at a motel, just off Interstate 4. Inside, Kemari, then 15, closed the door, locking out the crime that she see through the window. She did her homework and watched SpongeBob SquarePants. Kemari

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Wharton High senior lost her mother, but not her drive Wharton High senior lost her mother, but not her drive

September 8, 2016 NEW TAMPA — Sometimes a raw deal can knock a person off track. So it was for Crystal Ramroop, who was 16 when her mother’s heart gave out. “She was my best friend,” said Ramroop, now 18. “Every time something happened in my life, I told her first. It wasn’t real until she knew.” She had called

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Start Right, Now Start Right, Now

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Nonprofit group to aid homeless Nonprofit group to aid homeless

July 16, 2015 Printed from the Tampa Tribune. By JAMIE PILARCZYK – jpilarczyk@tampatrib.com Vicki and Joel Sokolik say they have found a way to help end homelessness, and some top local political and business leaders believe the approach has merit. “With the homeless numbers increasing, ‘Starting Right, Now’ will complement existing programs, such as Metropolitan Ministries,” said Tampa Mayor Pam

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