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

July 6, 2016 Video

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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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Former Harris TIPS School in St. Pete to house homeless teens Former Harris TIPS School in St. Pete to house homeless teens

July 15, 2015 The former Harris TIPS Drop-Out Prevention School on Haines Road in St. Petersburg will soon become a home to teens who have nowhere else to go at the end of the school day. An old St. Petersburg school building is about to get a new life as a home for homeless teens. For many, the first impression

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Hillsborough county graduate rises from abuse, poverty Hillsborough county graduate rises from abuse, poverty

July 15, 2015 TAMPA (FOX 13) – It’s graduation season. Thousands of local students are making the leap from high school to college. But for homeless students, it’s a benchmark that at one time seemed unreachable. Kelsey Mitchell graduated Monday from Tampa’s Robinson High School. If you asked her a year ago if she thought she’d see this day, she

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The upstairs at Haven Poe is open for business! The upstairs at Haven Poe is open for business!

The upstairs at Haven Poe is open for business! Renovations have been completed, making room for 15 new beds, bringing the total to 35. As we begin interviewing students, we look forward to offering hope to more youth than ever before. Thank you to everyone at the Spurlino Foundation, The Broadrick Foundation, Conn Memorial Foundation, and Wharton-Smith for supporting this

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We’re Moving! We’re Moving!

Meanwhile, our Hillsborough training center is moving! After ten years in New Tampa, we’re relocating to South Tampa. The new space is nearly twice the square-footage of our current building, and should make life easier – and less crowded – for everyone. But more importantly, it’s significantly closer to Haven Poe and Haven South, meaning money we save on transportation

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New Website Launched! New Website Launched!

We are thrilled to announce the launch of a brand new website!

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

March 28 2017 ST. PETERSBURG (FOX 13) – The beds are made, the rooms are ready, and for the teenagers who will move in, the world could change in a big way. Thousands of teenagers are homeless in the Tampa Bay area, more than just about anywhere else in the country. Tiffany Rogers was one of those teens. “My mom

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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

December 8, 2016 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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