Family Village Ribbon Cutting News Coverage

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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

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.


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.

A Recent History of Homelessness.

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Lately there has been a fair bit of media coverage on the issue of homelessness in Sarasota and the best way to manage it …

Starting back in 2013, Sarasota spent tens of thousands of dollars—and earmarked hundreds of thousands more—agreeing to and then rejecting a solution that offered promise for reducing the city’s street homeless.

Dr. Robert Marbut was hired to complete an analysis of the homeless services gap in Sarasota County and the cities within. At the culmination of the analysis Dr. Marbut presented the County with a 55 page PDF of findings and action plan recommendations commonly referred to as the “12-Point Plan.” The plan broke out the different populations of people who are homeless and gave recommendations on how to best serve them.

Immediately the county’s homeless services director, Wayne Applebee, the Gulf Coast Community Foundation and several local social service providers including Harvest House Transitional Centers went to work to implement six of the recommendations that would serve the chronically homeless family population.

At the time, plans to fulfill the “come as you are shelter” recommendation were in the works. This shelter would accept homeless people who might not otherwise be taken by other shelters that usually require sobriety and participation in programs. This type of shelter would give the city more legal leeway in enforcing quality of life ordinances, allowing it to prohibit the chronically homeless from congregating or storing their belonging on the sidewalks. During a city commission meeting last July, the group decided not to move forward with the recommendation.

We chose a great deal of what Dr. Marbut proposed, but there was at least one item that we chose not to accept, because we found that the proposal that we had wasn’t the right fit for the city of Sarasota.says Commissioner Shannon Synder.

Last month Dr. Marbut presented a report card to the County regarding the progress from the last two years. He described the systems we have serving families, including our Family Haven at Harvest House, as the best in the nation, calling them “fabulously successful” and giving them an A+ score, but our communities failure to establish a “come-as-you-are” emergency shelter has had a negative impact on the other five recommendations.

The solution to the homeless issue is to view each individual within the homeless population as unique, and in so doing, properly address his/her situation in such a way that is in accordance with his/her vision of happiness. Individuals need a community network that is able to supply the needs of a wide variety of services that are available to bring them from the state of homelessness into self-sufficiency.

Not every individual chooses to be homeless. Due to the downturn in the economy, many homeless individuals and families in Sarasota turn to the streets and shelters because it’s their only option. As we work to provide more jobs and more educational opportunities for our community, we are also working on solutions to get those displaced back on their feet. If you are interested in getting involved with Harvest House and learning more about our programs to serve the homeless, I invite you to contact us here.

2015 News Archives

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Sarasota county makes progress with homeless family population – ABC 7
May 29, 2015

A 2013 survey showed there were 350 homeless families with more than 1000 children in Sarasota County.
“Sarasota was shocked, to know how many homeless families are right here in our backyard,” said Harvest
House official Erin Minor, referring to the study … Read More


Tryon: Harvest House’s genius in helping homeless – Herald Tribune
May 17, 2015

Erin Minor told me last week that she’s never heard the words “genius” and “Harvest
House” mentioned in the same sentence. I don’t know why, because there is a simple genius in the way Harvest House Transitional Centers approaches its work … Read More


One of the worst cities for the poor? Try Sarasota – Herald Tribune
May 5, 2015

For children in poor families, Sarasota is one of the worst places in the country in which to grow up. It’s also one of the worst places in Southwest Florida, at least for moving up the income ladder … Read More


Tryon: Making progress on helping the homeless – Herald Tribune
April 5, 2015

So, local governments in Sarasota County hired an expert on homelessness, he wrote a report and nothing has been done since then, right? Wrong … Read More


Community Spotlight: TreeUmph! Adventure Course Hosts 40 Local Students from Harvest House Transitional Centers – The Bradenton Times
March 8, 2015

TreeUmph! Adventure Course, Southwest Florida’s first treetop obstacle course, honored their commitment to the youth of our community by providing a complimentary day of fun and learning for Harvest House Transitional Centers … Read More

2013 News Archives

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Harvest on a mission to serve – Herald Tribune
July 11, 2013

A self-described “loaves and fishes” ministry, The Harvest strives to “be God’s hands, extended to the community,” said longtime senior pastor Jim Minor … Read More


Church helps fathers find their way again – Herald Tribune
June 14, 2013

For a moment, his eyes well up with tears as he thinks about the ache of losing everything. His wife. His three children. His freedom … Read More

2014 News Archives

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Season of Sharing: Family pulling back from the brink – Herald Tribune
December 13, 2014

The only thing missing from the White family’s Christmas tree is the Green Bay Packers Cheesehead as the topper. Jason White said it’s in the mail courtesy of his mother in Wisconsin — a family tradition. A small thing, perhaps, but it will make this house seem more like home … Read More


Family Haven Offers Hope On Challenging Issue – SRQ Magazine
September 30, 2014

While some aspects of a community plan to tackle homelessness have proved evasive, leaders gathered Monday to celebrate the opening of the North County Emergency Family Haven … Read More


Center opens to help homeless families in crisis – Herald Tribune
September 29, 2015

Today, a family suddenly evicted from their home in Sarasota County, or a battered mother seeking safety for her children, have few options … Read More


Hansen: Caring for our own – Herald Tribune
September 29, 2014

A few months ago, one of my staff members got a call from her husband, who had just arrived home from work. A woman in their neighborhood was out on her front lawn, clutching her five young children and surrounded by their belongings, in pouring rain. She had been evicted from her rental home when the owner lost the house … Read More


Transforming How We Help Families – SRQ Magazine
September 20, 2014
“We’re entering a new stage of how we help families requiring homeless services. It’s not just with our hearts; it’s with our heads. And I think it’s miraculous … Read More


The Good News: Harvest House – The Observer Group
February 4, 2014
Nine years ago, Kristen Kohl’s life was much different. Her 2-year-old son died tragically in a firearm accident. Subsequently, she lost custody of her other two children, and their father was sentenced to 13 years in prison … Read More