BY LASHANTE KEYS, Empath Health Community Outreach Specialist
ST. PETERSBURG — During Black History Month, we join together to honor the legacy of African Americans and their countless achievements that have impacted our world.
The Welch family comes from a long lineage of ministry and service in St. Petersburg. The family has worked for many years to ensure access to community services, including Suncoast Hospice and Empath Health care.
The late Elder Clarence Welch shared a passion for African-American families obtaining quality, compassionate care when facing a chronic or advanced illness or experiencing grief. He was a guiding force behind the building of our service center in south St. Petersburg, which opened at 3050 1st Ave. S in 2006.
Today, the site includes south county hospice care team operations, grief counseling, support groups, EPIC (Empath Partners in Care) with HIV testing, support groups and food and personal care pantry services as well as hosting various community gatherings.