Imam Askia Muhammad Aquil, President & CEO
(727) 235-1416 (727) 600-3193
[email protected]
P. O. Box 13711
St. Petersburg, FL 33733-3711
A private 501c3 not-for-profit corporation
Our Mission
To develop and promote decent affordable rental and homeownership opportunities
for low-to-moderate income households
of first-time homebuyers,
military veterans,
ex-offenders re-entering society
and seniors;
and to engage in other vital community development initiatives.
Our Vision
To assemble a brain trust… a global community
of socially-conscious, professional and business-savvy people.
This innovative virtual community
will have the multi-disciplinary knowledge required
to change lives and evolve sustainable solutions
to community building’s tough issues.
Building Regional Support for
Returning Veterans
Collaborative Engagement
March 26, 2012
Dr. Stan Vittetoe, Provost, St. Petersburg College, Clearwater
Campus: “One morning several of us met for coffee. We realized that
the college, the state of Florida and the community had some gaps in
providing for our veterans. We thought, if we got together, we could
identify and look at initiatives for moving forward... I’m very grateful
for what the veterans have done for me and my family and I’m
anxious to treat them right. “
Jeff Cavanagh (Cdr, USN, Ret.), Coordinator, Veteran Affairs,
Academic and Student Services, St. Petersburg College: “Vets are
coming back and want to use their educational benefits. Over the
next 2 to 4 years the DOD, military and VA are putting out
numbers that haven’t been seen since the 1990’s... We need to get
prepared… I just got back from Georgia with the regional
processing up there and these young men and women need help in
every area… I want to connect all of us together, because that’s
what’s been so successful at SPC... Once you put the veterans
together, that unit mentality takes over. We work to succeed.
Participants at the March 26th veterans engagement represented:
Office of U. S. Senator Bill Nelson
Department of Veterans Affairs
Vets Centers
St. Petersburg College
BayCare Behavioral Health, Inc.
Big Brothers Big Sisters
Office of Mayor of St. Petersburg
Goodwill Industries – Suncoast
St. Petersburg Housing Authority
Celebration For Hope, Inc.
Roadmaster Driving School
Faith Home Health, Inc.
Self Reliance, Inc.
Stetson University College of Law
Coastal Enrichment
Warrior Support Services
Office of U. S. Rep. Kathy Castor
Department of Housing & Urban Development
Tampa Crossroads, Inc.
Pinellas Technical Education Centers (pTEC)
Hillsborough County Homeless Coalition
Hillsborough County Veterans Affairs
Clearwater Police Department
Suncoast Hospice
Pinellas County Housing Authority
St. Pete Helping Our Troops, Inc.
Tampa Bay Veterans Housing Network LLC
NAACP Veterans Affairs Committee
National Foundation for Debt Management
Pinellas County Housing Finance Authority
Community Housing Solutions, Inc.
United Veterans Assistance Services
Windmoor HealthCare of Clearwater

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