Save the Date: 2017 Sarasota Slam

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When:
August 1 – 5, 2017

Where:
Marina Jack, Sarasota FL
2 Marina Plaza,
Sarasota, FL 34236

What:
Manatee-Sarasota Building Industry Association invites you to partner for the 2017 Sarasota Slam in Sarasota, Florida with a donation to our silent auction. This event has become one of Southwest Florida’s most endeared fishing tournaments. We understand and appreciate that the anglers are what make the event. We appreciate and love having them back year after year.

After 14 years, this event has already made a name for itself in the fishing community. Anglers are greeted by an amazing location and staff and treated to a top-notch event. More than 500 anglers competed and reeled in over $500,000 in cash prizes over the years.

The tournament also reaches out to the community by supporting local organizations. Weigh-in starts at 1:00pm and spectators from all over the globe come to participate in raffle drawings, silent auctions to benefit our 2017 selected charity Harvest House as you witness the largest weigh-in Sarasota Florida has ever experienced.

 

For silent auction donations, please complete this form.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Posted Posted in Family Haven Emergency Shelter, Freedom Substance Abuse Treatment Program, Home Again Permanent Housing

In honor of your mother or the special woman in your life, we invite you to celebrate your love for her by helping our neighbors who are in crisis.

Here at Harvest House, we believe that all people deserve safe, stable housing and the opportunity to renew their hope and dream again. We are dedicated to perpetuating hope for families and individuals looking to overcome poverty and homelessness, so that they may lead independent, sustainable lives.

We invite you to honor the women you know as well as bless neighbors you may not know. This Mother’s Day, please make a gift to Harvest House in honor or memory of that special woman in your life.

When you support Harvest House, you share your love in a very large way. Together, we are giving hope in the form of housing, case management, financial assistance, counseling, job skill training, and education. Your gift, at any level, provides the essential funding needed to make our solutions possible.

Thank you, in advance, for your thoughtfulness.

With a grateful heart,

Erin Minor
Executive Director, Harvest House

“I found people that loved me for the first time in years.”

Posted Posted in Family Village Renovations, Home Again Permanent Housing

“I found people that loved me for the first time in years. There were people that actually cared about me, that wanted to do things for me, to see me better myself. They knew the doors to open. They knew the people to call. Everything that I was scared of, every fear that I had that, ‘Oh, I can’t do this,’ or ‘I’m not going to be able to do that.’ They helped me in every way.”

Rachel Prescott,
Harvest House Client

Dear Friends,

Until Rachel made her way to Harvest House those years she spent addicted ruined her entirely. She came to us disconnected, depleted of her faith, and hopeless. In contradiction to her broken state, we were able to offer her a place of freedom, respect, empowerment, and healthy discipline where she truly flourished in her recovery.

Rachel is just one of the thousands of people to graduate our Freedom drug and alcohol recovery program and join our Home Again program that offers families the support system needed to stabilize their home and learn the necessary tools to raise their children in a healthy environment.

For Harvest House, 2017 is a very special year.

This year we celebrate 25 years of encouraging individuals to live beyond fear into their best life! With the capacity to serve over 400 individuals in our residential programs, we have helped countless men, women, children, and veterans move from fear and anxiety to confidence and freedom. It is only with the ongoing support of our donors that we will be able to continue this legacy of empowering people for another 25 years.

As I write this letter to you, we are just completing 12 of the most challenging months we ever have experienced at Harvest House. Not a week goes by that I do not hear about a friend of a friend who has suddenly been overtaken by the powers of addiction in our region. Or a young adult leaving the foster care system or being kicked out of their home because they identify as part of the LGBT community… with no safety net to keep them off the streets. The phone calls we have received from the Sarasota County Sheriffs Office with families who are living in their cars or in abandoned building have been some of the worst cases I personally have ever seen. And, the backstories are all as heartbreaking as the abundant number of people in need.

This expanding need requires that we be extraordinarily efficient in the use of the funds we receive from our donors. We are pleased to report that we continue to return 91 cents of every operational dollar donated in support of Harvest House back to those in need. Without question, Harvest House remains a worthy custodian of your trust as a donor.

Each of these people is no different than you or me, other than they are struggling desperately trying to find stability, purpose and connection. At Harvest House, we honor the people we serve with the assumption of good in our hearts. Judgment is not an option for we know that people only change through internal acknowledgement and a willingness to do so.

As the rapidly growing demand for recovery from addiction and chronic homelessness continues to be a daily challenge, your gift of $25 or more will ensure that no homeless member of our regional family will ever lack the support of Harvest House. 

Click here to make you gift safely and securely online! 

On behalf of all the members of Harvest House’s Board of Directors, I thank you for all that you do to help us stand with those who need us most.

Very Sincerely,

Erin Minor
Executive Director

Sponsorship Opportunities

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We Invite You To Participate!

Invest in a sponsorship opportunity and support housing and stability programs for families, veterans, and individuals who are working to overcome homelessness and/or addiction. A sponsorship will make your company stand out as both a partner and leader, leaving a lasting impression and awareness of your brand in our region. In today’s highly competitive market, take advantage of this opportunity to reach a dynamic group of area residents. We invite you to become a sponsor of Harvest House. Our array annual events provide an excellent opportunity for your organization to demonstrate its support of Sarasota and to market your products or services.

Harvest House, a nonprofit organization, is dedicated to the premise that all people deserve safe, stable housing and the opportunity to renew their hope and dream again. As a pioneer in the transitional and permanent supportive housing movement, we are the only organization in Sarasota to participate in the development, preservation, and management of affordable, service-enriched housing. This model is becoming the standard for serving families and individuals who are working to rebuild and stabilize their lives. We believe that affordable housing and supportive programs improve the economic status of residents, revitalize neighborhoods, and stabilize lives. We thank our sponsors for their essential role in helping this mission.

To register as a sponsor of our programs and events, please complete the registration form and send it via postal mail or email to:

Harvest House
c/o Heather Darling
209 N Lime Ave
Sarasota, FL 34237
heather@harvesthousecenters.com

Don’t Be Just a Muffin’

Posted Posted in Home Again Permanent Housing, Uncategorized
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I haven't got a brain
Not sure how to support Harvest House during the 2016 Giving Challenge?

Are you interested in creating a lasting impact for 18 to 24 year olds who are homeless, but you’re not sure how to make a gift to Harvest House during the 2016 Giving Challenge?

Which Website
It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3!
  1. Starting Tuesday, September 20th at noon visit GivingPartnerChallenge.org.
  2. Search for our legal name Harvest Tabernacle.
  3. You can make your 100% tax-deductible donation using any major debit cards or credit cards.
I can be the one
It only takes one to make an impact!

The minimum gift is just $25, and that alone could provide hygiene products to the people we serve at Harvest House, plus, The Patterson Foundation will match up to 100-dollars on new and returning donations … doubling the impact of your gift!.

On September 20th and 21st, you can #BeTheOne to create a lasting impact these young adults.

Help us show them there’s #NoPlaceLikeHomeAgain!

The 2016 Giving Challenge is presented by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County with giving strengthened by The Patterson Foundation, as well as support from Manatee Community FoundationKnight FoundationWilliam G. and Marie Selby Foundation, and Herald-Tribune Media Group.

It Takes Courage!

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I can't make an impact
Afraid you don’t have what it takes to make an impact?

It only takes one to make a difference. The minimum gift is just $25, and that alone could provide hygiene products to the people we serve at Harvest House, plus, The Patterson Foundation will match up to 100-dollars on new and returning donations … doubling the impact of your gift!

How do I know I can trust Harvest House?
Not sure you can trust Harvest House?

You can visit TheGivingPartner.org, search for our legal name Harvest Tabernacle, and learn all about us! There you will find our board members, financial audits, programs we offer and so much more!

A program to help 18-24 year olds who are homeless?
AND every dollar raised for Harvest House during the Giving Challenge will go towards funding that program!

In our profile you can also learn about the Unaccompanied Youth Transitional Living Program we hope to open by the end of the year. This program will provide transitional housing with wrap around case management and support services for Sarasota County youth age 18 to 24 who are homeless; many of which have aged out of foster care.

It takes courage!
Each one of us has the potential to create a lasting impact.

On September 20th and 21st, you can #BeTheOne to create a lasting impact these young adults.

Help us show them there’s #NoPlaceLikeHomeAgain!

The 2016 Giving Challenge is presented by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County with giving strengthened by The Patterson Foundation, as well as support from Manatee Community FoundationKnight FoundationWilliam G. and Marie Selby Foundation, and Herald-Tribune Media Group.

“Can we stop this meeting and go play?”

Posted Posted in Family Village Renovations, Home Again Permanent Housing

“Can we stop this meeting and go play?” 

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As the 6-year-old boy spoke these words, I could hardly hold back my chuckle. It was a sunny but breezy (rain imminent) Florida afternoon, so his eagerness to go explore the Yanowitz Family Playground in his new backyard came as no surprise to me. His mother, Jordana, and I were reviewing the Lee Wetherington Family Village lease while he waited, patiently as he could, on the living room couch in their new apartment.

Lee Wetherington and the Yanowitz Family are just two examples of the many donors who came forward last year with generous gifts to our #TurnTheLightsOn Campaign. Lee’s gift, among other things, helped in making these apartments fully furnished, and the Yanowitz Family Playground will likely be something Family Village residents, particularly the children, remember for a lifetime.

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It was weeks ago now that we moved Jordana and her son into their home, and as any parent knows, kids hate to go to bed at night — in fact it’s quite amazing to hear the excuses kids will come up with — drinks of water, trips to the bathroom, anything to delay the inevitable. She has since shared with me how much her son “LOVES his big boy bed, but he won’t go to sleep without his blanket and a story!”

She is filled with so much gratitude having been given this opportunity that she’s practically beaming each time I see her. She wants to thank the individual, who donated the blanket, and yet, it was just one $25 gift; much like those received during the 2015 Giving Challenge that provided this bedtime routine that her son won’t sleep without.

In total, it was 210 donors who supported our #TurnTheLightsOn Campaign during the 2015 Giving Challenge, and this year on September 20th and 21st, you, too, can #BeTheOne to impact a family like Jordana’s. The donations Harvest House receives during this year’s Giving Challenge will be supporting our new Unaccompanied Youth Transitional Living Program at the Family Village. Currently, there are no transitional living programs designed to service this unique population in Sarasota County, yet the need is evident. An estimated 1.6 million youth experience homelessness on their own each year. They live in a variety of unsafe, temporary, situations including shelters, motels, cars, and parks.

With your support, we can provide transitional living with wrap-around case management and support services for youth age 18 to 24 who have, already in their short lives, experienced devastation and hardships many of us will never know.

Florida has some of the highest high school dropout rates in the nation, and with high school dropouts TurnKeymaking up 80% of our prison population; the time to focus our attention on these youth who are at risk is now. On September 20th and 21st, you can #BeTheOne to create a lasting impact these young adults.

Help us show them there’s #NoPlaceLikeHomeAgain!

And, if you still aren’t prepared to partner and positivity propel possibilities in the Giving Challenge, The Patterson Foundation has once again offered to generously match returning donors’ gifts (1:1) and triple new donors’ gifts (2:1)!

What can I do today?

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The 2016 Giving Challenge is presented by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County with giving strengthened by The Patterson Foundation, as well as support from Manatee Community Foundation, Knight Foundation, William G. and Marie Selby Foundation, and Herald-Tribune Media Group.

Family Village Ribbon Cutting News Coverage

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

 

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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