LSP Is Planting Seeds of Hope
Each year, Leadership St. Pete® embarks on an annual Class Project to provide planning, fundraising, and physical labor support for a local nonprofit organization.
The 40 community leaders of the Class of 2021 selected WestCare’s Mustard Seed Inn for this year’s civic engagement and physical facility improvement project – Seeds of Hope.
Located in the heart of downtown St. Pete, WestCare’s Mustard Seed Inn provides transitional housing to homeless adults who have begun their recovery from alcohol, drug abuse, and/or mental illness. Established more than 20 years ago, the facility provides counseling, case management, job support, and recovery-based services that help adults develop the skills needed to transition into permanent housing within the community.
Introducing Seeds of Hope
The Seeds of Hope project has a three-pronged mission:
- To help restore a sense of community belonging for these men and women in transition;
- To cultivate individual growth on their path to recovery and independence; and
- To harvest a higher level of equity and inclusion among the Mustard Seed Inn residents as they work to integrate back into St. Petersburg.
Physical facility improvements to WestCare’s Mustard Seed Inn aim to help restore residents’ pride in their home and create a sense of self-esteem within the community. Part of the renovation will be updating the highly-used outdoor space, which includes a garden, fitness area, storage, and courtyard.
To help cultivate growth and empowerment for residents, the underused library will be transformed into a functional, modern Career Resource Center. The dated TV room, often used for recovery-based services and meetings, will be upgraded into a comfortable community space.
The proposed upgrades will increase awareness and integration of WestCare’s Mustard Seed Inn within the community, and promote unity and greater engagement opportunities. The courtyard wall facade, which is highly visible to the public, will receive major enhancements.