Experienced Crisis Shelter Professional Joins the Free Clinic

Jan 3, 2020

Glenn Parkinson brings 30 years of experience to the director of homeless programs role

The St. Petersburg Free Clinic has appointed Glenn Parkinson as its Director of Homeless Programs. Parkinson will lead the homeless programs and oversee its three residential programs that assist 28 men, 50 women and 14 families at a time.

The Men’s Residence and the Virginia & David Baldwin Women’s Residence help individuals regain skills necessary to become self-sufficient and live independently. The Family Residence offers temporary shelter to 14 families at a time who need short-term housing while working through barriers to obtain permanent housing.

“Glenn’s experience in managing youth and family shelters will benefit our neighbors in need who are working toward self-sufficiency,” said Michael O. Bice, CEO of the St. Petersburg Free Clinic. “His work will be instrumental in the Free Clinic continuing to provide a safety net to people who need guidance in returning to self-sufficiency.”

Most recently, he was Director for George W. Harris, Jr. Youth Crisis and Runaway Shelter in Bartow, which provides short-term housing for at-risk youth. He supervised the organization’s residential and non-residential services in Polk, Highlands and Hardee counties, and managed outreach programs. Parkinson previously served as Director at New Beginnings Youth Shelter and Regional Director at Circuit 10, both located in New Port Richey. In both roles, he oversaw residential programs and supervised programs that provided services for homeless, runaway, and at-risk youth.

Parkinson earned his bachelor’s degree in Psychology Management from University of Massachusetts and obtained a Master of Social Work from Washington University. He holds certifications from Academy of Certified Social Workers and National Association of Social Workers.

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