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Alpha House of Tampa offers homeless pregnant women and mothers with young children safe housing
and the tools they need to become self-sufficient and effective responsible parents.

Artemis Guild sold out their August fundraising event at Painting with a Twist, raising $542 to sponsor a painting session for the residents of Alpha House on September 26th. Special thanks to event organizer Elizabeth Cullivan, Painting With a Twist co-owner Marvin Gay and Beef O’Brady’s for offering this wonderful evening of dinner and painting for our residents. Please join us in supporting Painting with a Twist when planning your next event. 



We are proud to announce that Alpha House of Tampa has been chosen to receive $371,966 in funding from the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County in the 2012 competitive grant process. This grant will enable us to expand our on-site Parents As Teachers (PAT) program to continue to serve mothers and children currently in residence at Alpha House and to provide home-visitation and case- management services to clients on the waiting list as well as clients who leave Alpha House for independent housing.
Parents As Teachers is a national child-development curriculum based on the belief that a parent is the child’s first and best teacher. The Parents as Teachers program provides ongoing “ages and stages” child development assessments for babies and toddlers and includes ongoing parent education and training to increase parent knowledge of early child development, improve parenting practices, provide early detection of developmental delays and health issues, prevent child abuse and neglect, and increase school readiness and school success.

Our “pre-admission” program will give homeless pregnant or newly-parenting mothers a head start in receiving pre-natal care, medical care for their young children, financial benefits, and setting appropriate goals.  The “aftercare” services will help mothers and children who have completed the residential program at Alpha House continue their progress toward their goals through home visits and support services from PAT parent educators and case managers. 

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“When two of our pre-schoolers first saw the new playroom, they roared, "WWWOOOOWWW!!! Monster Trucks!" and immediately got down on the new play mat to race cars, then ran to the play kitchen and the reading area to check out all the new toys, books and art supplies.”
In the space of two days, the volunteers from Gable Residential worked their glorious magic at the Rosalie Center. Gables Residential chose Alpha House of Tampa as their designated charity for Gables Day, a company-wide day of service at Gables offices around the country. This amazing crew, led by Senior Regional Manager Laurie D. Cavito with their partners at Sherwin Williams, gave the Rosalie Center a complete makeover, literally from floor to ceiling. Their donations included attractive new flooring and paint in the hallways on both the first and second floors, new landscaping at the entrance, A/C maintenance, stocking the food pantry, and the absolute TRANSFORMATION of the 2nd floor playroom, which now features a play space, kitchen, reading and art area. The pictures tell the story – hard work and open hearts have brightened the lives and living spaces of our residents. To each and every Gables volunteer, THANK YOU! 

Keynote speaker Gaby Rodriguez (seated) signs her book for Board member Cynthia Keenan. 
We are thrilled by the success of the Second Annual Alpha House of Tampa Parent Conference held  on September 21 at Hillsborough Community College Ybor City. This year’s Parent Conference keynote speaker, Gaby Rodriquez, is the author of The Pregnancy Project, which premiered as a Lifetime network movie earlier this year. Gaby pretended to be pregnant in her senior year in high school in an effort to explore stereotypes about and the treatment of pregnant teens as well as promote teen pregnancy prevention. Her message of perseverance through adversity and her emphasis on education had a powerful impact on the audience.
This free community event attracted over 100 teen and adult mothers from throughout the community, including clients, staff and Board members of partner agencies such as Hillsborough County Schools, Healthy Start and Champions for Children.  
Special thanks for event sponsors Sweetbay Supermarkets, Hillsborough Community College and Inkwood Books. 

Not quite “sleigh bells jingling” yet, but we are getting ready to celebrate the holiday season here at Alpha House. Alpha Angels is our holiday giving program for volunteers and donors who are interested in helping to make the holiday special for our residents. Please join us for the Alpha Angels kick-off meeting Thursday, October 14, 2012 from 12:00pm – 1:00pm at the Bonnie Center to learn more about how you can be a part of this seasonal celebration. The “Angels” secure donations/gift cards, coordinate/host holiday activities and decorations, shop for our residents and host the agency holiday party for our residents. Please RSVP for the kick-off meeting or request more information.

Alpha House of Tampa kicked off its own United Way campaign earlier this month and we have already exceeded our fundraising goal! We are grateful for the significant program support we receive from  United Way Suncoast  and welcome the opportunity to give back to our community. Kudos to Program Manager Catarolyn Glen for leading this effort as Campaign Chair. Thanks to all our Alpha House of Tampa employees for their generous contributions to United Way Suncoast. 

A lively crowd enjoyed a lovely evening of good food, fine wines and exciting auction items at the 6th Annual Artemis Guild Wine Tasting & Silent Auction held at Brio Tuscan Grille at International Plaza on September 13. Artemis Guild Chair Jen Holtvluwer and her dedicated committee members exceeded their fundraising goal of $5,000. Special thanks to event sponsors KCI, Macy’s, Dianne M. Kipp & Associates, and Heart of Adoptions for their support. Congratulations Jen and Artemis Guild on another successful event!
Our residents have been given the rare and wonderful opportunity to enjoy live theater at the previews of several recent Stageworks productions, including a cabaret performance in celebration of Stageworks’ first anniversary in its new theater in the Channel District in downtown Tampa. Special thanks to Stageworks Founder and Producing Artistic Director Anna Brennen and Board President Andrea Graham for their extraordinary commitment to the arts, education and inclusion. Watch for announcements of Alpha House of Tampa benefit evening in February at Stageworks  for MOMologues 2 : Off to School, “a sassy and irreverent look at mothering during the elementary school years, from homework hell to multitasking mania." 


Alpha Angels Giving Program Kick-Off Meeting
*more information
Thursday, October 18th
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Alpha House of Tampa
Bonnie Center
208 S. Tampania Ave

Lunch and Learn
Would you like to learn more about Alpha House of Tampa? Join us for lunch and a tour of the maternity residence.
October 25
November 8
December 13



Alpha House of Tampa has been awarded a $2,400 grant from the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay in support of our new Alpha Academy. Alpha Academy is our on-site life-skills and literacy program for our moms as they work toward independence and self-sufficiency. This grant will help to purchase books and teaching materials and provide field trips and recreational activities for our Alpha Academy students. 


In Memory
Before her health began to fail, Joan Meister was a devoted volunteer at Alpha House of Tampa and an active member of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church. She gave many hours of service to her community, including frequent food drives and an annual Valentine’s Day party for our residents. Although Joan moved West some years ago to be closer to family, she always held a special place in her heart for the mothers and babies of Alpha House. Joan remembered Alpha House in her estate planning with a very meaningful bequest to ensure that her good work would continue. We extend our condolences to Joan’s family and friends and celebrate her generous and giving spirit.
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