What is St. Petersburg Free Clinic Women’s Residence?
Established in 1989, the Virginia and David Baldwin Women’s Residence provides a safe place to stay as well as support services to single homeless women as they work toward their goal of self-sufficiency. Residents may stay from one to twelve months while working to save money, set goals and build life skills.
The newly renovated residence includes a large commercial kitchen with teaching areas to show healthy cooking techniques, an open dining area to foster a sense of community, and training rooms to teach job-seeking and life skills. The 20,000-square-foot facility includes 40 bedrooms, allowing 50 women at a time to live in the residence.
The program has an incredibly high success rate, with 90 percent of the program’s graduates living independently in stable conditions one year after graduation.
In one year, the Virginia and David Baldwin Women’s Residence provided shelter and support to 131 women working towards self-sufficiency.
Michelle’s Positive Experience
“The Women’s Residence was and still is instrumental in helping me to rebuild my life from the ashes. They provided me a caring home, stability, and kindness that helped me to find my dignity as both a human being, and as a woman. They allowed me to heal, and encouraged me in every step of the way.
I graduated from the Women’s residence program in 2012. At that time, I was finally able to be independent. I now have my own apartment. It had been a long time since I had lived completely independently, so they are still keeping eyes on me to assist and support my efforts.
I volunteer at the Free Clinic now and have since before I completed the program. How blessed am I? Very blessed. In more ways than I can express.”