Prison Ministry

Description: Weekly Catholic service brings the Word of God and the message of God's love and forgiveness to the incarcerated men and women at the 49th Street Correctional Facility. Authorized volunteers accompany the priest for Mass and the Sacrament of Reconciliation, or the deacon who conducts a Communion service. Volunteers assist the inmates in the Catholic services.

Requirements: Volunteer adults over 18 years of age must be fingerprinted, interviewed, and trained by the prison chaplain at the jail.

Training: Mandatory training at the jail is required.

Time: Approximately 2 hours on Tuesday morning; 11:00-1:00PM. Other times might be available for consideration.

Contact: The Diocesan Office of Prison Ministry 727.344.1611 x 414

Pinellas Hope


Located at 126th Ave. North, Pinellas Park, this is a ministry of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Petersburg. This project was founded in 2007 as a pilot for providing temporary shelter and assistance for homeless men and women.

Description: St. Catherine of Siena parish has been volunteering with the cooking and serving of dinners for the people living at Pinellas Hope. Volunteers work with a core group that have the experience of planning, purchasing, cooking, and serving the meals.

Requirements: Volunteers should be able to handle large, heavy containers of food for both preparation and serving.

Time Commitment: Prepare/Cook: 1:30 - 4 PM or Serve 4:15 - 6 PM one Sunday a month, as often as you can make it.

Helpful Attributes: Volunteers need good stamina, organizational skills, work well in a group, and have good communication skills. Smiles are very helpful!

Activities: Preparation of meals, delivery, and serving to the people at Pinellas Hope.

Contact: Elaine Pettit, 727.599.6351 (Cell) email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Website for Pinellas Hope:  Directions to Pinellas Hope

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Kimberly Home

Kimberly Home Pregnancy Resource Center has been serving this area since 1983. It is a non-profit, non-denominational pregnancy resource center that offers assistance to women who find themselves in unplanned or troubling pregnancies. The staff have been assisting women in making healthy and positive choices for themselves and their babies. They provide a host of services which include counseling, infant care, transitional housing, and referrals to other sources that are available in the community.

Each year Kimberly Home holds a Gala which is a major fund-raising event. The Thrift Shoppe, located on the corner of Fort Harrison and Bellaire, gladly accepts donations for resale. Each December, St. Catherine of Siena parish holds a "Birthday Party for Jesus" at which time parishioners are asked to make donations of new items for infants/ small children. One Sunday in the year, there is a special second collection for Kimberly Home.

1189 NE Cleveland Street
Clearwater, FL 33755
See the web site:  or call 727-443-0471