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.

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

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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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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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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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2015 Basic Human Services Grant from BoA

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We are so grateful to be working with Bank of America this year through their Basic Human Services partnership! 

Men and women in Sarasota continue to struggle to provide basic necessities for their families. According to the 2013 Annual Social and Economic Supplement by the US Census Bureau, over 46 million people and more than 20% of children under 18 live in poverty. Many are hard-working Americans who have experienced loss of income and face the challenge of choosing between providing foods for their families or paying their utility bills.

The poverty line for a family of 4 with 2 children was $23,624 in 2013. LOCALLY, that is 12% of Sarasota County families.

Helping individuals meet immediate housing needs and access case management in the long term is essential to our community’s growth and success. That’s why we’re proud to partner with Bank of America to provide opportunities for success to individuals and families in our community.

 These grants will help individuals and families access much needed services and programs that address immediate issues like emergency, transitional, and permanent supportive housing, wrap around services and substance abuse treatment while helping them prepare for a more financially stable future.

 As we look to provide for our community, Bank of America’s investment in our organization will enable us to continue performing our vital work and strengthen Sarasota County.

Home Again Luncheon: Feb. 2nd!

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2015 Home Again Luncheon

Please save the date for our 2016 Home Again Luncheon with MC Tom Tryon!

This year the luncheon will be held on Tuesday, February 2nd at Michael’s On East … yes it’s Groundhog Day! Please stay tuned for more information. Invitations will be sent out at the end of December.

Proceeds from the Home Again Luncheon benefit all of the families in Home Again- our permanent supportive, transitional, and emergency housing programs.

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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