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Family center still short of funds

By Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published September 17, 2000

ST. PETERSBURG -- Though a meeting organized to raise money for repairs at the James B. Sanderlin Center brought in more than $25,000 in donations and pledges, the effort remains $12,000 short of its goal.

Nonetheless, said Bob Gilder, community relations coordinator for the city of St. Petersburg, "We had a successful meeting."

Among the donors was Bonding Roofing of Tampa, which promised shingles and labor to repair the center's roof.

But money still is needed to cover interior work and an appraisal, Gilder said Friday.

The 25,000-square-foot facility, at 2335 22nd Ave. S, houses a variety of services. Among them are the Florida Parent Child Care, a day-care center; a Police Department community resource center; Weed and Seed Family Resources; a graduate equivalency program operated by Lakewood High School; and several youth and adult computer classes.

After the center's problems became public last month, its landlord, the Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg, announced that it would transfer ownership to a not-for-profit corporation that would be named the James B. Sanderlin Family Service Center Inc.

The community has been responsive to the center's pleas, Gilder said.

"It is one of the most successful projects I have worked with in 50 years of community work," he said.

To help, call Gilder at 892-5522.

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