CLEARWATER SCIENTOLOGY INFORMATION CENTER
Designed as an open-door informational meeting spot, the Information Center features a full biographical display illuminating the extraordinary life and legacy of Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard—from his childhood to his career as an author before the advent of Dianetics and Scientology, as well as his revolutionary body of work in establishing and defining the religion itself.
Inside the center, Clearwater residents and visitors to the city’s downtown will discover information displays containing some 300 documentary videos covering:
- The fundamentals of Dianetics and Scientology, including the core principles and beliefs.
- The ever-expanding network of Scientology Churches and groups and the global scope of Scientology as a religious movement.
- The panoply of humanitarian programs now the hallmark of the Church the world over.
Additionally, each of these humanitarian programs now has its own facility just steps from the Information Center. Never before have so many individual buildings serving Church-sponsored humanitarian initiatives been erected in the same location to enlighten those seeking assistance and guidance. They represent a helping hand for Clearwater and the greater Tampa communities. To that end, the Church embraces its role to work hand in hand with local law enforcement and government officials as well as church and civic groups and the entire nonprofit community to do its part in helping to build a more vibrant city.
Now a worldwide movement expanding across 184 nations, the Church of Scientology has been a key player and loyal resident of Clearwater for nearly 40 years. Clearwater is the permanent home to more than 10,000 Scientology parishioners. Moreover, tens of thousands of Scientologists travel to the city each year from around the world to participate in religious services at the Church’s spiritual home. The Church takes seriously its responsibility and interest in the future of the area.
The center is accompanied by eight humanitarian and social betterment facilities opened in Clearwater, Florida and supported by the Church of Scientology. Each facility is committed to a single global humanitarian initiative for the betterment of Clearwater and the Tampa Bay Area. They include:
- A model tutoring center, the Applied Scholastics Community Learning Center of Clearwater, offers literacy and tutoring programs based on the research and writings of L. Ron Hubbard. The Center is part of a network of over 1,000 Applied Scholastics groups and affiliates worldwide utilizing L. Ron Hubbard’s Study Technology.
- Narconon Suncoast, just 10 minutes from downtown, part of a growing roster of centers using the remarkable drug rehab technology developed by L. Ron Hubbard. The center stands as a valuable asset for residents in the Greater Tampa Bay community.
- The Criminon Florida headquarters, a central point for carrying out the mission of addressing the causes of criminality and restoring offenders’ self-respect through effective character-building programs. Currently over 1,000 prisoners in Florida are enrolled on Criminon programs, improving their chances of reintegrating into society as productive citizens.
- A center dedicated to The Way to Happiness, the nonreligious moral code written by L. Ron Hubbard. The Clearwater office provides common sense morality to communities throughout Tampa Bay. In one Pinellas County community alone, since volunteers began a campaign to educate residents with The Way to Happiness, the crime rate dropped 56 percent.
- The center for the Foundation for a Drug-Free World, whose international Truth About Drugs program has reached 260 million people worldwide. The Foundation has created partnerships with dozens of law enforcement agencies and more than 100 youth education facilities around Florida.
- A Clearwater home for United for Human Rights and Youth for Human Rights—global education initiatives working to identify and protect the rights of every citizen of the world. This headquarters has partnered with 130 like-minded groups and organizations to bring effective education on human rights to young and old alike throughout the State of Florida.
- A museum and operations center for Citizens Commission on Human Rights, the world’s leading mental health watchdog group since 1969. The Clearwater information center features the Psychiatry: An Industry of Death museum, and serves as an investigative arm and referral center dedicated to the eradication of psychiatric abuse.
- And the downtown headquarters of the Church’s Volunteer Ministers, part of a global movement active in 120 nations—the world’s largest independent relief force. Scientologists volunteer more than 200,000 hours a year in the Tampa Bay Area alone, living by the Volunteer Ministers motto that no matter the challenge, “Something can be done about it.”
The Church’s goal with the open-door facilities is to provide help for any in the Clearwater and Greater Tampa Bay Area who seek it.