CLEARWATER SCIENTOLOGY VOLUNTEER MINISTERS CENTER
Carrying a deep commitment to the people of the city that has been home to its spiritual headquarters for the past 40 years, the Church of Scientology dedicated this new Volunteer Minister Center in the heart of Clearwater on July 11, 2015. It extends a unique brand of what’s been described as “spiritual first aid” to every person in the Greater Tampa Bay Area, so each can benefit from the help that has long defined the Volunteer Ministers throughout the world.
The Volunteer Ministers program was created by L. Ron Hubbard in the mid-1970s with the mandate to help “on a volunteer basis by restoring purpose, truth and spiritual values to the lives of others.” Mr. Hubbard further described the Volunteer Minister as a person who “does not shut his eyes to the pain, evil and injustice of existence.” Volunteer Ministers are trained to help others achieve relief from life’s travails and gain new personal strength as well.
With Scientology’s presence in Clearwater—and more than 10,000 Scientologists calling this city home—this Volunteer Ministers facility embodies the Church’s passionate embrace of its role to provide solutions for all in the community.
Every day, Volunteer Ministers are on call to provide one-on-one relief with Scientology “assists”—techniques developed by Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard that address the emotional and spiritual factors related to injuries and illnesses.
Members of the public can approach at any time to get help with any issue—a mother whose child has study difficulties, a family that is grieving the loss of a loved one, even domestic violence. The nondenominational center is here to help.
The center further provides free training in the 19 subjects of The Scientology Handbook to help individuals learn the skills to overcome day-to-day problems and challenges. These include issues in raising children, resolving conflicts, improving relationships, and overcoming the general ups and downs of life.
In carrying out its mission, the global force of Volunteer Ministers has responded to every major disaster worldwide since 2001. The Clearwater and Tampa Bay Volunteer Ministers played a leading role in relief efforts following the World Trade Center tragedy in New York, the South Asian 2004 tsunami, Hurricane Katrina and hundreds of other disaster sites.
- In the wake of recovery efforts from Hurricane Charley in August 2004, then-Florida Governor Jeb Bush presented the Tampa Bay Volunteer Ministers with a Points of Light “Hurricane Heroes” award.
- When the 2010 Haitian earthquake struck, 350 Volunteer Ministers—including many from Clearwater and Tampa Bay—were among the first responders, ultimately delivering 130 tons of medical supplies and emergency materials, transporting over 450 medical professionals, and assisting 600,000 survivors with physical and spiritual aid.
- Worldwide, the Volunteer Ministers have contributed in excess of 27 million volunteer hours, providing timely emergency assistance to more than 29 million people in thousands of communities on nearly every continent.
In keeping with the Volunteer Ministers’ credo, “Something can be done about it,” this Clearwater center represents a pledge to extend this help to the entire Clearwater community.
Find out more about the Scientology Volunteer Ministers: a broad initiative providing effective physical and spiritual assistance—and bringing effective help whenever and wherever needed. The Volunteer Ministers comprise one of the largest independent relief forces in the world.