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Project H.O.P.E. to help Katrina victims in area

By Times Staff
Published April 7, 2006

Hurricane Katrina continues to haunt many of the victims that have since moved on to new lives in new locations. Many of the people that fled the storm and relocated still have residual psychological and financial effects. A program that originally began in 2004 after Hurricane Charley devasted areas of Charlotte and DeSoto counties is offering help.

Project H.O.P.E (Helping Our People in Emergencies) is an outreach and referral service aimed at helping Katrina victims living in the area rebuild their lives, emotionally and physically.

Programs offered include outreach, group and individual crisis counseling and referrals of resources within the community. Special programs focus on the most vulnerable of victims, children and the elderly

Hurricane Katrina victims who live in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Manatee, Sarasota and DeSoto counties are eligible.

Founded by the Florida Center for Child and Family Development, in conjunction with the Department of Children and Families, the program has been funded for the next two months and will likely be extended through the end of this year.

For information call the Project H.O.P.E. Lifeline at (800) 273-8255.

Italian Americans hold dinner dance Tuesdays

CLEARWATER - The Italian American Club of Greater Clearwater, 200 McMullen-Booth Road, has a pasta dinner and dance every Tuesday from 5 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $7 for members and $9 for nonmembers.

The club also holds dinner dances from 5 to 11 p.m. every other Saturday.

Tickets are $13 for members and $16 for nonmembers. Call (727) 791-8698.

Principals group to hold annual luncheon in May

The Pinellas County Schools Elementary Principals Association is planning its annual luncheon tentatively set for May 4 at the Belleair Country Club. Present and retired principals are welcome. The association is also trying to rebuild a master list of retired Pinellas elementary school principals. To provide addresses and phone numbers, or for more information about the luncheon call Marsha Jordan or Jackie Timlin at Anona Elementary School, 588-4730.

[Last modified April 7, 2006, 01:30:23]

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