South County Coalition for Community Concerns (SCCCC)
A Brief History
“South County” refers to that area of Hillsborough County south of the Alafia River. Communities in this area include Apollo Beach, Gibsonton, Ruskin, Wimauma, Riverview, Balm, Fort Lonesome, Sun City, and Sun City Center.
South County Coalition for Community Concerns
The South County Coalition for Community Concerns is comprised of public and private health and human service organizations, government agencies, schools, churches and concerned citizens from South County. The purpose of this Coalition is to address the unmet needs of those residing in South Hillsborough County in the following specific ways:
Build community, share information needs, and identify priorities and service gaps.
Coordinate the utilization of resources and serve as a catalyst in future programs and funding initiatives.
Identify the needs of children and families and provide on-going input into the Hillsborough County planning initiatives and needs assessments.
Note: Throughout the 18 years (1984-2002) that social service providers have met on a regular basis in south Hillsborough County there has been an ongoing presence on the part of many social service agencies and staff. In addition to the highlights from the SCCCC history summarized here, each meeting has included announcements of new opportunities, programs, celebrations and mutual support in a sustained effort to bring a better quality of life to people of rural south Hillsborough County.
A group of loosely knit Social Service providers started meeting around 1984-85 regarding housing conditions and the need for low-income housing in South County. Transportation was also a concern. Weather conditions including several freezes created special difficulties and challenges when there was no employment for farm workers.
In 1987 Joe Scionti, Ruskin Neighborhood Services Center, submitted the first proposal for the funding of a South County Service Center in Ruskin to serve all of South County including the Ruskin, Sun City Center, Apollo Beach, Wimauma, Riverview, Gibsonton, Sun City and Progress Village communities. The concept for the Center in the beginning was a Multi-Service Center including Social Service agencies and various needed county services. The Service Center was not funded at this time.
As a result of these meetings the Hillsborough Rural Community Development Corporation (HRCDC) was formed in 1989-90.
The HRCDC agency was first located in Sun City Plaza, later moving to its south Brandon office.
Carl and Betty Kosack worked for affordable housing in Wimauma.
The first HRCDC homes were built in Wimauma soon after its incorporation. They later spread into other areas of South County and into Brandon.
Betty Sue Taylor, First Chair.
The South County Coalition for Community Concerns was formally organized in 1991-92.
The catalyst for formal organization was the release of the 1990 Hillsborough County Needs Assessment issued by the Hillsborough County Needs Assessment Partnership (HCNAP).1 South County residents and service providers thought that the needs of the area had not received adequate or accurate treatment in the findings of the report. Children’s Board (of Hillsborough County) personnel communicated South County’s sentiments to the HCNAP and helped to facilitate a survey for reassessment of the area’s needs and resources. This re-assessment was conducted in late 1991 and a report presented to the HCNAP Child & Related Family Services Task Force in February 1992.2 In this report affordable housing, daycare, transportation, mental health/services counseling, teenage pregnancy, substance abuse, transitional housing, food, parenting skills and legal services were reported as needs. The findings of that South County Survey were subsequently incorporated in the Revised Summary Report of the HCNA which was released in July, 1992.3 The three highest needs in order of priority were:
Encouraged by its success with the Hillsborough County Needs Assessment and convinced of the value of such a role, the loosely knit group of South County residents and Service providers decided to be come more formalized. The South County Coalition for Community Concerns (SCCCC) was organized in 1992. The vision for the Coalition was to be a forum for human services issues in the southern parts of Hillsborough County.
At its founding the SCCCC consisted of approximately 12 social services and non-profit agencies. The mission as carried forth from the loose knit group was to advocate for social services and needed resources in the South County (housing, water, sewage, enterprise zone funding, transportation needs and county services). The Children’s Board was instrumental in the SCCCC’s formal organization.
A tour of South County for the County Administrators and Commissioners was organized in 1992.
Joe Scionti, Chair.
The SCCCC assisted Joe Scionti in his pursuit of a new facility by writing letters of support and various meetings with state and county representatives from South County.
SCCCC met with federal officials in Wimauma seeking to designate it as a federal enterprise zone enabling it to receive federal funding for needed projects such as housing, water, and transportation.
Funding for transportation was also received and Hartline initiated circulating bus vans now serving Ruskin, Sun City Center and Wimauma. Members of the Transportation Committee; Mary Sue Taylor (chair), Bert Parmer, Charmaine Andrews and Ruskin resident, Margaret Fuhro, Ruskin Civic Association, led the fight for transportation services.
In early 1993 a SCCCC member who had been successful with a housing program in Gulf Port Mississippi, Dorothy Duke, began plans to start a Low-Income Housing program in South County. The group incorporated as Homes for Hillsborough. Her first attempt in Wimauma failed, but eventually was begun in Ruskin. This effort was supported by the SCCCC. Later Department of Agriculture funding was used for rental low-income housing—La Estancia and Grove Point.
Donna Bardwell chaired the area Toys Project.
1993 Speakers include: Charmaine Andrews from Green Thumb.
Joe Scionti, Chair; Veronica Mosher, Co-Chair; and Sister Margaret White, Secretary.
Undated 1994 article in Shopper Observer headline, “S.County Targets Housing: Coalition Aims to Get More Done.” (includes photo of Joe Scionti). Article outlines the goals of the SCCCC as being housing, childcare and transportation.
Efforts made to be designated an ENTERPRISE community in collaboration with Hillsborough Planning commission (Jim Hosler, from the Planning Commission, organized the application).
1994 Speakers include: William Potter from Consumer Credit Counseling Service; Elsie Spittle, Florida Center for Human Development; Leonard Speed, County Wide Needs Assessment of Hillsborough County; James Joyce, Hillsborough Homeless Recovery Project; Jennifer Harding, USF Institute on Aging; Joan Cain Boles, Bay Area Legal Services; Ruth Olan, Adult and Community Education Center; Hector Perez, Hillsborough County Affordable Housing Manager; Gwen Myers, Hillsborough County Department of Housing and community development; Angela Martinez, State Housing Initiatives Partnership; Larry Loomis, Self-Reliance, Inc.; Bob Hennessey, Operations Manager, SHARE-A-VAN.
Joe Scionti, Chair; Veronica Mosher, Co-Chair; and Evan Jorn, Secretary.
Dorothy Duke moves ahead on Homes for Hillsborough plans for affordable housing in Wimauma. Dottie Berger, South County commissioner made the motion to deny the zoning. HUD Farmworker housing begins in Wimauma. New plans for 84 units at Shell Point and 14th. Newmauma Homes is adding units. Good Samaritan will add units.
Much effort is made to support the County’s hiring an affordable housing manager.
HARTline Circulator van plans are presented. A $21,000 grant is been made to initiate service.
ENTERPRISE designation was unsuccessful. However, it has been designated a CHAMPION community. This may help with plans to bring water. Jim Hosler will work with the group to seek USDA funds.
Carmen Ledo, Sister Margaret and Joe Scionti will work to bring a SPAN (Service Provider Access Network) meeting to South County. Date: April 26, 1995 at St. Anne’s church.
South County tour for County Commission will be planned. Veronica Mosher, Joe Scionti and Debra Bordner work on this.
In 1995-96 a proposal was submitted to the state for seed monies for the proposed South County Service Center initially proposed by Joe Scionti in 1987. It was successful and CDBG monies were applied for and received followed by additional monies from the County Advalorem Tax and Community Investment Tax. Total funding was not received until the Architecture Firm was hired by the county in 1998. During this time frame the concept for the Center had been changed from a Dual Multi-Purpose Center to one consisting solely of Social Service Agencies. It was decided by the County Administration to build a facility at a later date to house other county departments.
Pros and Cons of incorporating the SCCCC are discussed.
1995 Speakers include: Chad Reese of HARTline; Sherri Pascua ResCare Home Health; Jim Hosler (planning commission); Sandra Charbonier Stuttler (Citizen Action Center of Hillsborough County).
Veronica Mosher, Chair; Joan Cain Boles, Co-Chair; and Evan Jorn, Secretary. Committee Chairs: Housing- Carmen Ledo; Transportation- Joe Scionti; CHAMPION Community- Joan Boles.
Work continued on transportation issues. On January 11, 1996 the SCCCC sent a Resolution and maps with proposed Circulator Routes to Diana Carsey of HARTline. Letter sent to County Commissioner on 9/19/1996 requesting BOCC match for HARTline van to increase service.
Work continued on affordable housing. Dorothy Duke reported on progress on homes for Ruskin throughout the year. The office will be located at the Neighborhood Services Center.
Work continued on potable water. Meetings were held with RECD and SWFMD. An engineering study was made to go forward to the USDA. Hillsborough approved $4.1 million; USDA $2 million)
SCCCC coordinated another tour of County Commissioners and Officials in 1996.
County Commissioner, Dottie Berger attended the May 9 meeting. She reported that the state had approved funds for the initial planning of the Ruskin neighborhood Service Center for $270,000.
Joint meeting held with East Hillsborough County Network on June 6. Pete Licata and Mary Haberland made reports on history and development of the EHCN; Veronica Mosher did the same for the SCCCC. Discussion of areas of mutual support and concern.
In 1996 the Rural Social Services Partnership (RSSP) was created as a Committee of the SCCCC (and also of the East Hillsborough Network) to encourage planning and collaboration among agencies that serve migrant farm worker families as well as other rural residents in need of social services. The RSSP statement of purpose was, “To develop a comprehensive plan of action to address the social and human service needs of the rural communities of East and South Hillsborough County and secure the resources to implement lasting and ongoing improvements in the residents’ quality of life.”
1996 Speakers include: Jean Gaylord (Community cannery); Rose Marie Guntert (Maternal Child Health); Frank Bowman (Peninsula Affordable Housing); Nick Condorousis (Florida Design Communities); Dottie Berger (County Commissioner); Bonnie Fowler (SHAPE- South County Hurricane Action Preparedness); Douglas Holt (Medical Director; Department of Health-Mobile Medican Van); Carolyn Burns-HARTline; Ann Smorynaski (Florida Health Partnership); Chris Mathiesen (Heritage Property Management on La Estancia).
Evan Jorn, Chair; Joan Boles, Co-Chair; and Heide Maurer, Secretary.
The South County Coalition met jointly with the East Hillsborough Network on January 9, 1997. Pennie Paulik from Children and Families gave a detailed presentation on Welfare Reform Changes.
SCCCC prepares questionnaire for County Administrator, Dan Kleiman, visit March 13, 1997.
Homes for Hillsborough begin construction. 32 houses slated for completion in the next 18 months.
SHAPE continues to present information about hurricane preparedness and the needs for shelters.
SPAN meeting held March 27 at Beth-El Mission.
SCCCC endorsed the RSSP proposal to the Children’s Board for a “Planning Analysis” grant. The proposal was funded for $19,000. Regular reports were made by RSSP members to the SCCCC.
Potable water engineering study slated for completion in summer 1997. Money is in the county budget.
1997 Speakers include: Linda Williams, Jerry Felty (ACTS –Agency for Community Treatment Services- on JAC- Juvenile Assessment Center); Marcus Lorenzo (Tampa General represented Bruce Segal on the change of the hospital from public to private); Linda Villagra (Self-Reliance).
Evan Jorn, Chair; Joan Boles, Co-Chair; and Jose Gracia & Miguel Fuentes, Co-Secretaries.
Dorothy Duke reports a walk through of the new housing on May 16.
Funded by the Children’s Board the RSSP did a survey and wrote a report, An Assessment of Social Service Needs of Rural Residents and Recommendations for Action.4 The report is especially useful as it summarizes other studies of the South County area:
Balm/Wimauma Enterprise Community Strategic Plan, 6/94;
In Hillsborough County,” USF, Department of Special Education, 1995;
“The 1994-95 Hillsborough County Needs Assessment- Supplemental Survey of Hispanic Citizens with Limited English-Speaking Ability,” supplement to the HCNA survey; Ruskin Community Development Plan, Hillsborough County Planning Commission, 1997;
Hillsborough County Office of Neighborhood Relations, Community Meetings. Reports of meetings held in 1997.
The RSSP Report identified four key social service needs:
The RSSP Report also identified access needs for transportation; information and referral needs; and bilingual capacity and cultural competence needs for social service providers. The report is used as a basis for the RSSP to request funding for additional programs in rural Hillsborough County.
In 1998 the Children’s Board granted RSSP funding ($636,000) for a Collaborative Grant. Marisol Espinoza was hired as Project Manager for RSSP in October and regularly attends and reports to the SCCCC at its monthly meeting. The RSSP Grant has four service components:
1) Comprehensive Youth Development
2) Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment
3) Bilingual Capacity Cultural Competency and Information and Referral
4) Access to Childcare by assisting families in becoming licensed family childcare home providers.
“Focus on Hunger” meeting held June 11 at Beth-El Mission.
Tot Mobile Tour.
Mission shuttle was eliminated in June 1998 due to lack of use.
December 10, 1998 joint meeting with East Hillsborough Network.
Celebration of the opening of the RSSP Success Centers.
1998 Speakers include: Maria Gomez-Lobo (State’s Attorney, Victim’s Assistance Office); Wayne Harris, running for County Commissions; Richard Muga, running for County Judge; Lara Cruz (Maternal and Child Health Coalition); Tammy Alsing (Lifepath Hospice); Luanne Panacek (Children’s Board).
Evan Jorn, Chair; Linda Villagra, Co-Chair; and Janet Sanchez, Secretary.
Letter written and signed by SCCCC members to HARTline requesting update on status of bus shelters.
Participated in Complete Census Count Committee.
March-Code Sweep. Wimauma residents and SCCCC will meet to discuss impact. The Balm/Wimauma Affordable Housing Partnership funded by the Children’s Board provides support for a case manager to assist people in finding available funds. Partnership is comprised of Sun City Center Community Foundation, Bay Area Legal Services, Beth-El Mission, Good Samaritan Mission, and SunTrust Bank.
SPAN Forum April 28. Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. (21 agencies will make presentations).
RCMA will be starting a charter school for migrant children. Maria Jimenez will coordinate and hold focus groups.
Ongoing reports on the RSSP grant. DACCO begins outpatient treatment.
South County Presidents’ Roundtable (Dallas Tuthill presentation) By- Laws presented. Joan Boles appointed as SCCCC representative.
Joan Boles requested input from SCCCC members for the South Hillsborough County Government Services Center (December 1999).
1999 Speakers include: Kay Torano- (Social Security Administration); Bill Chambers and Ines Garcia (Florida KidCare); Diane Carsey (HARTline).
Evan Jorn, Chair; Linda Villagra, Co-Chair; and Marisol Espinoza, Secretary.
SCCCC supported a new regional library for South County.
Balm/Wimauma Area Housing Partnership (BWAHP) now has 3 staff: Javier Izaguirre, Anna Pease, Jaime Espinoza.
Announced in February 2000 that RCMA has been approved for a Charter School license to be located at Beth-El Mission. The focus will be on children having trouble in main-streamed classrooms. Kathleen McCook volunteered to organize the acquisition of elementary and young adult books for the Charter School Library.
SCCCC participated in support of the March for Dignity by the Coalition of Immokalee Workers in March 2000. The CIW are walking from Ft. Myers to Orlando to the Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association. Evan Jorn coordinated support for the marchers in South County.
2000 Speakers include: Stephanie Moffitt (new Principal of the South County Career Center located off HWY 41, 4 miles south of intersection of SR 674 and HWY 41); Joan R. Noble (Neighborhood Justice Center); Karen Childs and Artie Fryer (Hillsborough Community Action Center-Dialogue on Poverty).
Sr. Sara Proctor & Kathleen de la Peña McCook, Co-Chairs and
Evelyn Lunsford, Secretary.
Groundbreaking for RCMA Charter School at Beth-El January 5, 2001.
Sister Sara, CATHOLIC CHARITIES, worked with the Ruskin Elementary School in February to host a mini health fair on school property for students and parents. The school is trying to establish itself as a focal point for family. Sister Sara also reported on the Catholic Mobile Medical unit, which is currently planning a health fair for women in East County, at the San Jose Mission. The event will offer free mammograms, pap smears, and blood pressure, glucose, and cholesterol screening. This event will also be held in February. She has been approached to duplicate this effort in South County, possibly at Beth-El Mission.
Metropolitan Ministries will addressed RSSP on the count of the homeless that was conducted in March using meal distribution sources and jobs offices as a resource.
SCCCC invited 2-1-1 representative to discuss the impact of this new hotline number. Debra Pugh advised that the Crisis Center has been designated as the agency to operate the “211” number. It will serve as an entrée to all agencies/service providers. A work group has been organized and Verizon is working on the technology, which should be ready in late Spring or early Summer. FCC has granted a five-year trial period. The Crisis Center will attempt to provide bilingual counselors. SCCCC members Marisol Espinoza, Dallas Tuthill and Kathleen McCook attended the planning and implementation meeting on 2-1-1 in Tampa.
HARTLINE report from long-time resident transportation activist, Margaret Fuhro included the fact that some bus shelters are complete and more shelters are planned in our area. Ms. Fuhro noted an increase in ridership on the “little bus”—the circulator van..
Marisol Espinoza, RSSP, announced that a ribbon cutting would be held for the portables in Wimauma at the Bethune Park Recreation Center on April 19, from 3:30 to 5:30.
Earl Pfeiffer, HOMES FOR HILLSBOROUGH, noted that 80 people had attended the ribbon cutting for Homes for Hillsborough. The group has been offered 17 acres in Riverview and is providing an additional 25 houses a year for USDA. This expansion leads the way to hire another Affordable Housing Specialist
Bay Area Legal Services, Inc. (BALS) representatives. Marilyn Kershner and Maria Fuentes reported on ChildNet and SafeNet programs, as well as on the Senior Advocacy Unit and the free counseling and representation for legal problems BALS provides. She spoke specifically on domestic violence and how it impacts the affordable housing issue.
SPAN Forum in 2001 organized by Lourdes Romero and SPAN Executive Committee Member, Carmen Ledo. Held at First Baptist Church of Gibsonton, April 25, 2001.
MJ Williamson, the Community Outreach Coordinator for Tampa Bay Community Network advised that “Speak Up Tampa Bay” manages access to area public television as of April 2000. Channel 19 is available to County residents, while City of Tampa residents have access to both channels 19 and 20. The Community Network has a strong commitment to working with non-profit agencies. Available services include a slide presentation showing written announcement of agency events/requirements, public service announcements (PSA’s) up to six minutes in duration, and outreach productions lasting 30 or 60 minutes. The latter would be by and for the non-profit agencies, with Community Network providing as much help as needed. This service would, as a rule, be available to an individual agency only once every two years, though exceptions could be made. Her agency is especially interested in producing children’s programming. Ms. Williamson asked SCCCC to keep in mind programs that might be suitable for broadcast. This was fortuitous, for at the December 2001 meeting the Housing Forum organized by the SCCCC was videotaped for broadcast.
The Latino DropOut Study carried out by the Latino Coalition and the Department of Child and Family Studies, Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute published by the Children's Board of Hillsborough County was discussed.5 SCCCC members Rosa Ramirez, Maria Pinzon, and Miguel Fuentes all contributed to the report.
In August Diane Powell, principal investigator for the Success by Six Initiative, Needs Assessment 6, introduced Rhudine Poole who assisted in the completion of the document, and noted that the project was completed two years ago. The Needs Assessment addressed school readiness and was contracted by the United Way National Success by Six Initiative. The researchers looked at demographic information, maternal and child health data, early childhood programs in place, family support in place, schools, and interviewed school personnel, families, and key stakeholders. They were told by stakeholders that if they looked at Ruskin they really needed to do Wimauma as well, and got as much information in the latter area as they could. They looked at capacity of daycare centers and found that publicly funded centers were at capacity and that there was a need for after hours care and transportation. There were concerns among undocumented residents of the areas regarding health care and jobs. Maternal/child health care was a separate issue discussed, as were unmarried mothers who have not completed high school and low birth weight of infants. The report went to the United Way, but funding has been diverted.
Dallas Tuthill announced that the Community Foundation is interested in being a community resource and is especially interested in children. The Boys & Girls Club has not been represented south of the Alafia. Roy Opfer, representing The Boys & Girls Club, stated that the Club is hiring a Prevention Specialist to be assigned to Bethune Park. This position will provide an avenue to access programs they have to offer and opportunities statewide, area wide, and nationally. They have asked for the Community Foundation’s support and, if that decision is made, hope to start with the upcoming school year. The Boys and Girls Club targets ages 10 – 15, but consider 5th and 8th grades as critical points.
Joe Scionti advised that his new building in Ruskin is coming close to completion. He would like to showcase services available in South County at the grand opening ceremony in 2002 and provide tables and bulletin boards for Coalition members to display brochures/information. Miade Hillary made a motion that SCCCC participate in the grand opening of the Neighborhood Service Center and showcase all services. Evan Jorn seconded the motion and it was passed. Alayne Unterberger stated that she would like to offer locations that house registration for soccer as places to display literature, as well.
The December meeting was a HOUSING FORUM that was filmed by a crew provided by MJ Williamson of Tampa Bay Community Network. Informative presentations were made by Javier Izaguirre of Balm-Wimauma Housing Partnership, Marilyn Kershner representing Childnet, Dallas Tuthill of Habitat for Humanity, and Earl Pfeiffer representing Homes for Hillsborough. Ms. Kershner discussed the needs of her clientele and the unavailability of affordable housing, while Mr. Izaguirre, Dr. Tuthill and Mr. Pfeiffer discussed the variety of resources available through their agencies. The program aired on Public Access TV in January 2002.
2001 Speakers include: Michael Williams, Self Development of People, a project of the Presbyterian Church; Daniel Stowe, Patti Hansen and David Brooks, United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) of Tampa on UCP’s Tot Mobile, which provides pediatric therapy in an RV in shopping centers; Stephanie Moffitt, Principal of the South County Career Center; Jorge Donates of Vocational Rehabilitation; Dr. Dallas Tuthill, Community Foundation of Greater Sun City Center on Working Wheels; Dianne Worrell of the Hillsborough County Schools/Brewster Technical Center on the Employability, Skills, and Retraining program; Mary Gamble, a consultant with the Children’s Board, who conducted a focus group on the relocation of the Children’s Board from Ybor City; Jane Hayden, American Red Cross on disaster readiness; Miade Hillary the West Central Florida Area Agency on Aging, Inc. and presented copies of the Gold Resource Directory; Marvin Blount of the Environmental Protection Commission offered the services of his office on matters dealing with agricultural pesticides.
Sr. Sara Proctor & Kathleen de la Peña McCook, Co-Chairs and
Mary G. Bernardino, Secretary.
The rural coalitions of Hillsborough County held a joint meeting at the Campo YMCA on February 7. The program began with presentations from East Hillsborough Network: Denise Giarruso, Peter Licata, Cherry Mitchell; South County Coalition for Community Concerns: Kathleen de la Pena Mc Cook and Sr. Sara Proctor; Rural Social Services Partnership: Miguel Fuentes and Marisol Espinoza; Rural Eastern Community Council: Sharon Mills. Keynote speaker was Kathy Harris, Assistant County Administrator for Hillsborough County on the topic: NEW CHALLENGES FOR SERVICE IN CHALLENGING TIMES. Over 20 SCCCC members brought refreshments. EHN members provided paper products and room set-up. EHN past chair, Cherry Mitchell, coordinated Ms. Harris’ keynote.
The new Ruskin Neighborhood Services Center was completed in October 2001 and dedicated April 24, 2002. The new 20,000 sq.ft. Social Services facility houses Hillsborough County’s Health and Human Services Department, Redland Christian Migrant Day Care, Hillsborough County Head Start Program, Joyce Ely Clinic Health Departments, Mental Health Care Bay Life, Homes for Hillsborough and the Florida State Department of Children and Families.
The SCCCC celebrated 10 years of organization meetings (and 8 years prior to formal organization) on May 9, 2002. An anniversary party honored founders Joe Scionti (Ruskin Neighborhood Services Center), Clem Miller (Children’s Board), Priscilla Mixon (Mary Martha House), and Margaret Fuhro (Resident and Transportation Advocate). The ten year history was compiled by Kathleen de la Peña McCook and distributed at the 10th Anniversary meeting.
1Hillsborough County Needs Assessment Partnership (Hillsborough County,
Fla.) Summary report / Hillsborough County Needs Assessment. Tampa, Fla.: The Partnership, . Description: 139,  p.: 1 map; 28 cm. Available from Florida Mental Health Institute Library. Call number: HV98.F6 H55 1990.
2”Report from South Hillsborough Committee of the Child & Related Family Service Task Force,” February 5, 1992.
3 Revised summary report / Hillsborough County Needs Assessment. Tampa, Fla.: The Partnership, [July, 1992]. 1 v. (various pagings): forms; 28 cm. Available from Florida Mental Health Institute Library. HV98.F6 H55 1992.
4 Rural Social Services Partnership. Rural Social Services Partnership: an Assessment of Social Service Needs of Rural Residents and Recommendations for Action. (Tampa, FL): University of South Florida. Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute. Department of Child & Family Studies, 1998. Available at the University of South Florida, Special Collections, TEMPORARY CONTROL, In Process. Ask at usf spec. coll service desk for help. NUMBER: AGX9978.
5Latino Coalition, Department of Child and Family Studies, Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute, They Are Our Kids: Findings from the Latino Dropout Study. (Tampa: Children's Board of Hillsborough County, November 2000).
6Success by 6 Initiative; Needs Assessment: Ruskin Area Neighborhood; Final Report. Diane Powell, Rhudine Poole, Lois-Lynn Deuel. University of South Florida, Collaborative for Children, Families and Communities. December 30, 1999.
Special thanks to Joe Scionti, Clem Miller, Evan Jorn, and Margaret Fuhro for use of their records and recollections to reconstruct this history.
This directory has been compiled by Dr. Kathleen de la Peña McCook and designed by Maria Jones, Research Associate, University of South Florida, School of Library and Information Science, May 1, 2002.