• St. Petersburg Free Clinic opens the Virginia & David Baldwin Women’s Residence

    St. Petersburg Free Clinic’s new Virginia and David Baldwin Women’s Residence is now open in downtown St. Petersburg. The new building has more than doubled the Free Clinic’s capacity to help women transition into self-sufficiency, and will allow the nonprofit to assist nearly 150 women each year.

    The Women’s Residence provides a safe place for women to live while they develop the skills necessary for independent living. Designed by Wannemacher Jensen Architects, the new Women’s Residence includes a large commercial kitchen with teaching areas to show healthy cooking techniques, an open dining area to foster a sense of community, and training rooms to teach job-seeking and life skills.

    Previously, the facility could accommodate only 20 women at a time, despite receiving more than 150 inquiries for assistance each month. The new 20,000-square-foot facility includes 40 bedrooms and increases the program’s capacity to 50 women at a time.

    “The Virginia and David Baldwin Women’s Residence helps us have an even larger positive impact on women who need safety and security as they take the steps towards becoming self-sufficient,” said Beth Houghton, St. Petersburg Free Clinic’s executive director. “The tremendous support of our community made this ambitious project possible.”

    St. Petersburg Free Clinic raised more than $4.5 million through its Saving Grace Capital Campaign to finance the construction and the increased operating costs for the first two years. The interior was furnished through donations from Pinellas Community Foundation and other private philanthropists. The entryway features a tile artwork custom made by Nina Borgia-Aberle of La Ceramica, LLC to commemorate the Saving Grace Capital Campaign donors.

    St. Petersburg Free Clinic has helped hundreds of women since opening its Women’s Residence in 1989. The Virginia and David Baldwin Women’s Residence was built on the same site as the original facility in downtown St. Petersburg. Hennessey Construction demolished the existing structures and began construction in April 2015, and construction was completed in December 2015.

    About St. Petersburg Free Clinic: St. Petersburg Free Clinic is a nonprofit agency that provides health care, food and shelter for our neighbors in need. Founded in 1970, the Free Clinic focuses on helping our community’s working poor, homeless and people who have not been able to receive assistance through government programs or other nonprofit agencies.