Father William Collins

HS ’48
2009 Alumni of Distinction Award Recipient

Father William Collins saw a great need in his community of South Florida to serve those suffering with HIV-AIDS. With the help of volunteers, Fr. Collins brought the Poverello Center to life. Its mission is “to provide life-saving food and basic living essentials with the highest degree of understanding, respect and love for individuals living with HIV.” Since its inception in 1988, the Poverello Center has provided over one million meals to South Florida’s most poor and destitute. The center provides food, clothing and everyday necessities to 6,000 families a month.