“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. 

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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

“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

William G. and Marie Selby Foundation Grant to Provide Wraparound Fencing

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SARASOTA, Fla. April 13, 2016 – Last fall Harvest House was awarded a $50,000 grant from the William G. and Marie Selby Foundation. Over the next week, that $50,000 grant will be put to use as local, family owned and run, Florida Fence works to install over 2,000 feet of white, vinyl picket fence at the Family Village.

The Family Village property is located on the 2700 block of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way in Greater Newtown and will serve our regions families and unaccompanied youth who are homeless and participating in Harvest House’s Home Again program. The Home Again program provides up to 24 months of supportive housing with case management and life skills classes to further prepare families for meaningful employment and housing stability. The home is stabilized for children to promote school attendance and academic growth.

Last year, in partnership with the Lee Wetherington Foundation and the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, Harvest House was able to purchase 18 units in the Greater Newtown area out of foreclosure. The Family Village will be opening this summer with 66 beds for the regions families and unaccompanied youth who are homeless and while significantly increasing Sarasota’s affordable housing stock. Several units will be earmarked for veterans with families.

The leadership at Harvest House is committed to ensuring that the organization’s mission to champion hope and transform lives by revitalizing neighborhoods and providing service-enriched housing programs will continue to serve this area’s most chronically homeless population.

Harvest House is one of this region’s largest providers of supportive housing. For nearly 25 years they have been providing permanent supportive, transitional, low-income rental homes and emergency shelter for families, and affordable, residential drug and alcohol treatment for individuals in Sarasota. All Harvest House clients are assigned a case manager to assist them throughout their journey to an independent, sustainable lifestyle. Educational courses, including life and employability skills, parenting development, anger management, mental health groups, addiction education, and many more are easily accessible to each program participant.

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The Yanowitz Family Funds Family Village Playground

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Harvest House’s Family Village Playground Named for its Funder, The Yanowitz Family, Will be Installed Over the Next Two Weeks

SARASOTA, Fla. March 29, 2016 – Harvest House’s Family Village playground funded by The Yanowitz Family will be installed over the next to two weeks. The playground will serve our regions families and unaccompanied youth who are homeless and participating in Harvest House programs at the Family Village campus on the 2700 block of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way in Greater Newtown. The Yanowitz Family will be featured on a sign to be unveiled by Sally Yanowitz at the ribbon cutting and dedication of the playground on May 10th at 3:30pm.

Last year, in partnership with the Lee Wetherington Foundation and the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, Harvest House was able to purchase 18 units in the Greater Newtown area out of foreclosure. The Family Village will be opening this summer with 66 beds for the regions families and unaccompanied youth who are homeless and while significantly increasing Sarasota’s affordable housing stock.

Harvest House was only able to acquire and renovate this property with the generosity of our many supporters, including The Yanowitz Family who funded the commercial playground purchase and installations from KOMPAN Playground Solutions. Please see attached for comps of the playground.

The leadership at Harvest House is committed to ensuring that the organization’s mission to champion hope and transform lives by revitalizing neighborhoods and providing service-enriched housing programs will continue to serve this area’s most chronically homeless population.

Harvest House is one of this region’s largest providers of supportive housing. For nearly 25 years they have been providing permanent supportive, transitional, low-income rental homes and emergency shelter for families, and affordable, residential drug and alcohol treatment for individuals in Sarasota. All Harvest House clients are assigned a case manager to assist them throughout their journey to an independent, sustainable lifestyle. Educational courses, including life and employability skills, parenting development, anger management, mental health groups, addiction education, and many more are easily accessible to each program participant.

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2016 Home Again Luncheon

Posted Posted in Family Haven Emergency Shelter, Family Village Renovations, Home Again Permanent Housing

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On behalf of all those benefiting, thank you everyone who made the 2016 Home Again Luncheon our most successful luncheon yet! With the generosity of our donors, the event raised more than $150,000 for families and individuals, like Alex and Amanda, who are working diligently towards overcoming homelessness and/or addiction and achieving self sustainability. You can watch Amanda’s story here.

Harvest House is dedicated to the premise that all people deserve safe, stable housing and opportunity to renew their hope and dream again. As a pioneer in the transitional and permanent supportive housing movement, we are the only organization is Sarasota County to participate in the development, preservation, and management of affordable service-enriched housing. With residential programs for families, veterans, and unaccompanied youth who are homeless, and individuals with a history of homelessness, substance abuse and incarceration, Harvest House has #APlaceForYou.

Posted by Harvest House Transitional Centers on Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Harvest House, one of this region’s largest social service providers, has spent over 20 years establishing hope for clients and the Greater Newtown Community. Through neighborhood revitalization and transformational housing programs, we are proud to provide tailored services to all clients, regardless of their faith. This organization could not continue to carry out its mission and vision were it not for the support we receive from our selfless donors.

This year, while the addition of the Family Village campus will greatly increase our serving capabilities, it will also add just over $200,000 to our Home Again operating budget, and so, the need for your support is greater than ever!

We look forward to sharing updates on our programs with you in the future, but in the meantime, please don’t hesitate to call 941-685-4047 to schedule a tour of our eight campuses.

The Board of Directors, our staff, our partner agencies and our neighbors in need join me in extending our sincere gratitude to you for your caring and generous support in this critical time.

Inaugural Holiday Lights Spectacular

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Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office Partners with Harvest House to Bring Holiday Cheer to the Greater Newtown Community!

SARASOTA, Fla. December 3, 2015 – Harvest House and the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office are hosting the Inaugural Holiday Lights Spectacular at the Family Village! Similar to what you may have seen in Rockefeller Center, on the National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, or even on the Travel Channel, we have created a light show at the Family Village. Come celebrate and help us #TurnTheLightsOn Thursday, December 10th at 7:00pm! There will be a performance by two guest carolers from the Artist Series and Lee Dougherty Ross, hot cocoa, cookies, and a sneak peak at the renovation progress!

After the initial lighting December 10th the light show will continue each evening in December until the end of the year. Cars driving by the Family Village will be able to tune their radios to an FM channel and listen to the music as they watch the lights perform.

Where: 2720 Dr Martin Luther King Way Sarasota, FL (Parking and shuttles will be provided at Newtown Estates Park)

When: Thursday, December 10, 2015

Time: 7:00pm

Ticket: FREE! (The event will be free for the whole community to enjoy with hot chocolate and festive cookies!)

Partnering with the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, Lee Wetherington Foundation, and Baycross Christian Family Foundation, Harvest House was able to purchase 18 units in the Greater Newtown area out of foreclosure last April. Once renovated, the plan for this Family Village is to designate housing for the regions homeless U.S. Military Veteran families, homeless families and homeless unaccompanied youth while significantly increasing Sarasota’s affordable housing stock.

For many years, these units have been the center of criminal activity in the Newtown community. “The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office has conducted numerous criminal investigations in that area in recent years to include child neglect, trafficking of unlawful substances, possession of controlled substances, possession of cocaine, carrying concealed weapon and robbery, “ said Tom Knight, Sarasota County Sheriff. “The purchase and improvement of this location is an example of community partners collaborating to improve the quality of life of all citizens. This improvement is also aligned with the Sheriff’s Office’s crime prevention philosophy based on the idea that proper design and effective use of physical properties can lead to reduced crime, reduced fear of crime and an improved quality of life for all Sarasota County residents.” Harvest House was able to assist eligible families who were occupying these units secure safe, affordable housing.

“Over the last year we have been working so diligently on the acquisition of these properties,” said Erin Minor, executive director of Harvest House. “When people drive by, see us cleaning up the area and renovating the entire block, they clap their hands and cheer us on. This neighborhood will be changed forever and this project is a testament to the collaboration of a community who cares deeply.”

A member of the Family Haven Alliance, Harvest House is one of this region’s largest supportive housing providers. Since 1992 they have been providing permanent supportive, transitional, low-income rental homes and emergency housing for families, and affordable, residential drug and alcohol treatment for individuals in Sarasota. All Harvest House clients are assigned a case manager to assist them throughout their journey to an independent, sustainable lifestyle. Educational courses, including life and employability skills, parenting development, anger management, mental health groups, addiction education, and many more are easily accessible to each program participant.

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Family Village Registry

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Bath towels, flatware, microwaves, and more!

The Family Village renovations are really coming along! Tile, kitchen cabinets, and bathrooms are being installed as you read this! We have had many people ask us where the household items will come from, what household items we need, etc.

The wait has ended! Below are two links for our Family Village Registry for household items ranging from $3.99 to $54.99. Some of you may choose to shop in store at Target; some of you may choose to shop Amazon. The bottom line is, everything we will need for these 18 apartments can be found on these two registries!

Shop Amazon      Shop Target
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: The Blue Rooster and Harvest House …

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The Blue Rooster and Harvest House Partner for Homeless Solutions during the 2015 Giving Challenge

SARASOTA, Fla. August 31, 2015 –It’s no secret that homelessness has been an ongoing issue for Sarasota’s Downtown Rosemary District. For the first time, in celebration of the 2015 Giving Challenge, The Blue Rooster will be partnering with Harvest House to support homeless solutions.

At the end of the night on Tuesday, September 1st Blue Rooster owners Bill and Ellen Cornelius will donate 20% of their food and drink sales to Harvest House via the 2015 Giving Challenge.

What’s more is that the evening of September 1st there will be representatives from Harvest House at The Blue Rooster talking about our mission and the impact we are having in the Greater Newtown Community and Sarasota County.

If Harvest House reaches its goal of 124 donors in 24 hours, a generous donor will award Harvest House $24,000! Gifts to Harvest House during the 2015 Giving Challenge will help #TurnTheLightsOn at the Family Village!

The Family Village concept was one of Dr. Marbut’s original recommendations. #TurnTheLightsOn is a $600,000 capital fundraising campaign for the purchase & renovation of 18 apartments that were once a magnet for criminal activity in the Greater Newtown area. Once renovated, the Family Village will provide housing & supportive services for unaccompanied youth, families and veteran families struggling to recover from the devastation of homelessness.
It will be a very special night with great food, fun, and friends and music by Lauren Mitchell & The Professor

The 2015 Giving Challenge is made possible by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County and The Patterson Foundation with support from the William G. and Marie Selby Foundation, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Manatee Community Foundation, and the Herald-Tribune Media Group.

About Harvest House

Our mission is to champion hope and transform lives by revitalizing neighborhoods and providing service-enriched housing programs.

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Sarasota County approves funding request

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SARASOTA, Fla. — Harvest House is getting a boost in funding from Sarasota County.

County Commissioners voted yesterday to approve a $200,000 funding request.

Harvest House will use the money to renovate 8 of the 18 housing units at a complex on Martin Luther King Junior Way, between Tuttle Avenue and Chester Avenue.

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Once the renovation work is completed, it will open as the Family Village.
Families will be able to live in the homes as they transition from emergency shelters to permanent housing.