Daystar Executive Director Jane Walker holds up the Volunteer of the Year Award she received from the Florida Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged. She and Michael Raposa, Vice Chair of the Homeless Providers Council, together volunteered to bring the Community Transportation Commission, the Local Coordinating Board of Transportation Disadvantaged and other agencies that serve the homeless to work together to develop short and long-term means of addressing the transportation needs of homeless individuals in Pinellas County. Changes they effected increased access to transportation options for individuals who were eligible but had difficulty in providing the required documentation needed to validate their eligibility.
Pictured here is Timothy, a client who was sitting on the porch waiting his turn to see a volunteer interviewer when the wind picked up causing the awning to retract. The awning caught on the gutter and suffered a giant tear. It was hung up over the gutter and needed to be manually disentangled.
At the With These Hands Breakfast on May 2, Pinellas/Pasco Public Defender Bob Dillinger accepted Daystar’s With These Hands Award for demonstrating the client-centered values Daystar espouses.
The clay hands were created by volunteer Bev Replogle, who patterned them after the hands of another volunteer, John, who for many months was “the mail dude.” This is what is inscribed on the award.