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Administrative Offices: (727) 327-7656
24-hour Rape Crisis Hotline: (727) 530-RAPE (7273)





Rape Crisis Center of Pinellas County

24-hour Rape Crisis Hotline:
(727) 530-RAPE (7273)

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Special Event Advisory - Blue Ribbon 5k Race/Walk

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month.  Once again, Suncoast Center presents the Blue Ribbon 5k Race & Family Walk for child abuse prevention.  For the 7th consecutive year, men, women and children alike gather to stomp out child abuse in Pinellas County. Funds raised support Suncoast Center child abuse prevention programs.

Saturday, April 12, 2014
Walsingham Park
12615 102nd Avenue North, Largo, FL 33778

Registration:  7:30 AM
Race Begins:  8:30 AM

(1 mile Family Walk immediately following)

Entry Fee: Adults - $20; Children 18 & under - $15
Register up to race day

- View/Print event flyer
- Learn more and REGISTER ONLINE here

For additional information, call Kerri Pedersen at (727) 543-0142.

Thank you for your support!

Special Event Advisory - Illuminating Hope Exhibit

Last year over 1600 children and adults in Pinellas County sought help at Suncoast Center to begin a journey from being a victim of sexual violence to becoming a survivor. On April 22, the community will come together to present "Illuminating Hope", a powerful exhibit featuring artwork created by survivors of sexual violence . The featured artwork provides an intimate window into the pain and healing found along these survivors’ personal journeys of recovery.

The public is invited to this free exhibit and reception honoring the artists and the cause. Donations will be accepted to support the Rape Crisis Center.

Join us the the 2014 Illuminating Hope Opening Reception Honoring the Artists & the Cause:

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 ~ 5:00 - 7:00 PM
All Children's Education & Conference Center
701 4th St. South, St. Petersburg, FL
(Free parking in lot or paid parking on the street)

- View event flyer

For more information, contact (727) 388-1175.

Do you have a young child age 2 – 6 struggling with problem behaviors at home or school, social skills, and/or academic success? Consider enrolling in The Incredible Years … a nationally recognized program for parents and children.

For children ages 4 to 6, they can attend the fun and interesting Dinosaur School for Kids that help them strengthen their social skills, increase their emotional awareness and are introduced to problem solving and self-control methods.

For parents, explore methods that will help you grow as a nurturing parent and will strengthen your parent-child relationship, and meet other parents with similar concerns. Educational sessions are held one night per week and last approximately 20 weeks.

Each session begins with dinner (5:15pm to 5:45pm) with group sessions lasting from 5:45 to 7:45. (Childcare is provided for ages 1 – 17 for children not participating in Dinosaur School that evening.)

For more information or for schedule, contact Summer Perez at (727) 327-7656 ext. 3211. Space is limited.

Also check out our YouTube video at or
our program page on this website.


Suncoast Center, Inc. is seeking Parent Aide Volunteers.  Adults are needed to share their life experiences and skills with another parent through a nationally recognized mentoring program.  Parent Aide mentors provide friendship, support and advice to parents challenged in raising children in today’s society.  Parent Aide volunteers receive training, guidance and support from program staff and personal satisfaction by assisting another parent.

For more information, view the full announcement, or call Colleen Walker, Program Coordinator, at (727) 543-0677.


Story from a Parent Aide Volunteer

I have been a volunteer Parent Aide for 8 years. I began planning for my retirement knowing I would need to find a place to give back to the community by helping others. This organization was just what I wanted. I have been involved with so many families over the years and met wonderful caring moms and lovely children. It takes just a few hours a week and the people I have met have inspired me by their courage and caring. They have given me at least as much as I have given them.

Every one of the families, regardless of their needs, love and want the very best for their children. Many of them need affirmation that they are doing a wonderful job and just need some resources and encouragement to make improvements for the family. Sometimes it has been about discipline, sometimes it has been about scheduling routines, sometimes it has been serious issues of incest or disabilities. The moms are grateful to be able to share concerns after they begin to trust me as a volunteer and the Parent Aide support staff is always there if I need advice or financial advice for the family.

I am grateful for this meaningful opportunity to share with other mothers some of my experience, both as a mom and grandmother and as a retired nurse. It helps me feel needed (which is a secret of life) and keeps me going. I thank the staff for their devotion and encouragement, as well as their great knowledge which they freely share.

~Pamela - Parent Aide Volunteer

Family Therapy

This letter is being sent as a sincere thanks on the behalf of me and my daughter for the excellent quality of care and amount of patience shown in improving my family with services through your program. The facilitator and program provider aided me and my daughter with a loving and structural learning environment during our sessions. We were even provided additional sources that can possibly aid in the future. We are a stronger family thanks to the lessons and structure we both received in the above program.

~Client Name Withheld

Total Family Strategy

Having completed the TFS program, I can’t help but look back at where I thought I was going and where I ended up. I started the program and immediately made use of the couple’s counseling that is available. I was in an unhealthy relationship and didn't know it. I didn’t really work outside the home and didn’t have much of a life outside of my relationship and being a mother to our son. My self-esteem and confidence had really dwindled to nothing. After trying for several months to get our relationship on track I decided to get myself on track. I enrolled in one college course, got an A and that was enough to boost my self-esteem to convince me to go for it.

I’m now in my third semester with a full-time course load and doing a lot of hard work toward my B.A. in Nursing. I am also now a single mom. It was a difficult and painful decision to leave. I had financial security and the comfort of what was so familiar for several years. What I needed was love and respect. It made sense that I should love myself enough to walk away. I also didn’t want my son to grow up thinking it was okay to not respect women, especially his own mom. Now I know that he will grow up seeing a strong and confident woman as his role model for what women can be. The changes I have made have been hard. My classes are hard and being a single mom and full-time student (which means being broke ALL the time) is hard. I am still glad about the work and struggle I have chosen because I know where this journey will take me and it’s going to be better than any place I’ve been before.

~Lisa, TFS family