Family Village Ribbon Cutting News Coverage

Posted Posted in Family Village Renovations, Harvest House In the News, Home Again Permanent Housing



In Harvest House Family Village, homes for the homeless – Herald Tribune
May 10, 2016

Community leaders and partners of Harvest House on Tuesday revealed the renovated housing complex at the 2700 block of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way in Sarasota. The homes are designed to offer housing options for vulnerable families in the Sarasota-Manatee region, specifically the families of U.S. military veterans and those who have been chronically homeless … Read More

Remodeled homes become transition place for homeless – Fox 13 News
May 10, 2016
SARASOTA (FOX 13) – For more than a year, people in Sarasota have made it their mission to rehab a declining block of Martin Luther King Drive. Their efforts prove, sometimes a little hope, some help, and a roof over a person’s head can make a huge difference … Read More

Harvest House opens housing for homeless families – My Suncoast
May 10, 2016

SARASOTA, Fla. — On Martin Luther King Jr. Way, 16 pristine homes are now nearly ready for families of homeless veterans and chronically homeless families to move into, but for years they were rundown and crime-ridden. “There was drug activity, sex trafficking, a homicide,” said Executive Director of the Harvest House … Read More

Lee Wetherington Family Village groundbreaking – SNN TV
May 10, 2016

SARASOTA COUNTY – 66 people, including veterans and homeless families on the Suncoast, may soon have a place to call home. Leaders and partners of Harvest House cut the ribbon on the new Lee Wetherinton Family Village Tuesday … Read More

Harvest House launching new housing program – Herald Tribune
May 9, 2016

SARASOTA — Harvest House is doubling the housing it has available to help homeless families, veterans and young adults this summer with the new Harvest House Family Village in greater Newtown. The cluster of 18 apartments on the 2700 block of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way, just west of Tuttle Avenue, will provide 66 new — and sorely needed — beds to the nonprofit’s Home Again permanent housing program, Harvest House executive director … Read More

Paving Opportunities for Vulnerable Families – SRQ Magazine
May 7, 2016

Throughout our work at the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, I stress the words of American inspirational author Orison Swett Marden: “There is no medicine like hope, no incentive so great and no tonic so powerful as expectation of something tomorrow.” This coming Tuesday, I, along with other community leaders and partners, will kickoff the dedication ceremony for Harvest House’s new Family Village … Read More

He is not ashamed of his past.

Posted Posted in Freedom Substance Abuse Treatment Program, Home Again Permanent Housing

An image of a man with a beardJeff speaks quietly and confidently about his life. Though he certainly has regrets, he is not ashamed of his past – he accepts it and understands he would not be who he is today without it.

Jeff knows that Harvest House, with its residential recovery program, has been a constant source of hope and support through his years of struggle – years that have been hard, but have left him a better man.

A Sarasota native, Jeff first started using drugs at 13 and eventually drifted into life on the streets. Now 42, he has been drug-free for five years – but many of the years in between were spent either incarcerated or in and out of shelters.

“The people from Harvest House were always there for me with an open door.” After going through the recovery program and staying drug-free for several years, Jeff applied for and was accepted into the Home Again Supported Housing Program.

We were able to be there for him because our donors have been here for us, supporting Harvest House and the clients we serve.

Jeff recently completed an environmental training program and obtained a license for asbestos removal. Now he is working on getting his GED degree.

In the future, he says he might like to work in social services: “I want to do something where I relate to people, where I use my experience to help them, to help them not make the same mistakes I made.”

“I can show them how the people at Harvest House did not give up on me and how they won’t give up on them.”

Jeff believes that “sooner or later a door will open” and he will find work where he can make a significant contribution.