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David Jolly offers tribute to Florida Dream Center

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U.S. Rep. David Jolly entered a tribute to the Florida Dream Center into the Congressional Record. Jolly made the tribute in June, but the Dream Center didn’t know about it until this week when the organization received a copy. “What a humbling honor to be recognized by Congressman Jolly,” Steven Cleveland, executive director of the Dream Center, said on his Facebook page. “Thank you, Congressman Jolly, for all you do in our community.” The Florida Dream Center is a faith-based…

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With help, a family comes in off the streets

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About six months ago, Wells Fargo gave up on a ramshackle house it had taken in a foreclosure action. Rather than try to rehab it or raze it, the bank donated it and $9,500, the estimated amount to flatten the building, to the Florida Dream Center. After a lot of volunteer sweat and effort, the house became a home Saturday when a homeless mother and her three sons moved in. But the family’s story doesn’t end there. The house was…

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Overlooked Lealman now rising thanks to one start-up nonprofit

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St. Pete has Midtown and Child’s Park, but for the county Lealman is one of the most troubled areas home to some of the county’s poorest residents. It’s a mecca for crime with top murder, prostitution and domestic abuse rates. It’s where homes consistently break county codes with overgrown lawns and homes are in disrepair. Children go hungry. Moms and dads make tough choices between food and fixing toilets. But in a community of sad sights, there is good news.…

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