Congratulations to Somebody Cares Tampa Bay for 20 years of service! SCTB was the first Somebody Cares America chapter to be founded outside of Houston and now operates in Hillsborough, Pinellas, and Pasco Counties. SCTB meets the needs of these communities in several ways:
Food Program: 16 partners receive a pallet of food each month to feed the hungry. During the past 20
years, SCTB has brought in trucks to different parts of Tampa Bay, with many of these locations now bringing in their own trucks through Operation Blessing. Back to School Program: Each year, SCTB purchases backpacks and supplies in bulk and passes the savings on to ministries and organizations who do backpack outreaches, homeless ministries, weekend feeding for children, or mission trips. Over the past 15 years, SCTB has disbursed 400,000-500,000 bags.
CareFest (www.carefestusa.com): Working directly with the cities and code enforcement departments as well as churches and businesses, SCTB locates elderly, single moms, veterans, etc. who have home repair and other needs and meets those needs with volunteers and materials. “As we meet the physical needs of individuals, we also have the opportunity to meet their spiritual needs,” says founder Daniel Bernard. CareFest has birthed similar community outreaches in several other communities in Florida and even in other states, annually donating thousands of dollars in manpower and supplies into local neighborhoods. A new major project under the SCTB umbrella is the production of a Christian movie, The Favorite, written by Daniel’s son Luke during his recovery from a near fatal car accident in 2013. “We plan to begin production this year and believe it will be a huge tool to bring people to Christ,” Daniel said.
All of SCTB’s ministries and outreaches are based on these core values:
- Unity is not optional.
- Every part is essential to the greater whole.
- Support what God has already established, rather than duplicating or recreating.
- Empower others to be bigger, be better, and go farther.
- What we cannot do apart, we can do together.
- Mobilization is the key to a sustained spiritual awakening and transformation of our communities.
“Our biggest accomplishment is that we have unified and empowered the Body of Christ in the Tampa Bay area and beyond to do the work of the Lord,” says Daniel. “We can do more together than we can apart!” For more information, call 727-536-2273 or visit www.sctb.org.