Catholic charity celebrates Easter with homeless residents

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Catholic charities held a special mass for the residents at Hope Pinellas, an organization that provides transitional housing for adults in need.

Dozens gathered to hear Bishop Gregory Parkes in  Pinellas County Sunday morning as part of the day’s events. Many people helped by the organization say the location is fitting, since they are celebrating a religious holiday and new beginnings. 

“It’s been great, I have a steady place, and a steady roof over my head,” said Pinellas Hope resident Richard Williams. 

Kevin Arneman has lived at the facility for 2 years, and now volunteers for the organization. 

“I take care of my own self, take care of my own bills and I’m starting to get back on my feet. It’s a blessing, this is a great place.”

Richard Williams is an 88-year-old veteran who  says Pinellas HOPE turned his life around at a time when he was overcoming serious issues. 

“They immediately put me in an apartment out back, and I’ve been working the last 2 years on basically becoming a proficient human being as I once was.”

The dozens who came weren’t just serviced spiritually, they were served a special Easter lunch as well. 

“There’s nothing else like it. It’s a program , if you do what they ask you to do, they’ll help you to the ends,” said Williams.