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Our History

History of Harvest House:

1992   Harvest House was established with the Freedom Residential Recovery program for men with 15 beds located off of 15th Street.

1994   Another site was purchased and the Freedom program was expanded with six beds for women.

2000  The men’s Freedom program was expanded as we purchased and renovated six apartments off of Euclid Ave, adding 16 more beds.

2001 The men’s Freedom program was expanded once again with the purchase and renovation of twelve apartments off of Riverside Drive, adding 48 more beds.

2003  The women’s Freedom program was moved to larger facility, adding seven beds.

2004  The women’s Freedom program was expanded again at the current location, with the building of a new facility, adding office space and 7 more beds, totaling 22 beds for women.

2005  The beginning of a newly designed men’s Freedom program at a new location off of Mango Ave and 22nd Street.

2007  The first phase of new construction was complete and added a one two-story building at the new campus for the men’s Freedom program.

2008  The second phase of construction was complete and added another two-story duplex, Riverside Drive apartments were sold.

2010  The last phase of construction was complete added two more two-story duplexes. With the last phase of construction completed, we now have 72 beds for residential recovery for men located on one campus.

2010  Six apartments previously purchased on Euclid Ave are utilized as permanent supportive housing.

2011  The start of the VETS program (Veterans Empowered through Transitional Services) for 24 male veterans who are homeless.

2012  The start of the Post-Release Prison program for recently released prison inmates.

2013  Purchased and renovated 22 apartments for low-income families. Purchased and renovated an additional four apartments for graduates of the Freedom program. Awarded grant funding from Department of Housing and Urban Development to utilize 14 apartments for permanent supportive housing for families who are chronically homeless.

2014  As one of Dr. Robert Marbut’s 12 recommendations, the Family Haven Emergency Shelter was opened on October 1, 2014. This was the first “brick and mortar” recommendation of Dr. Marbut’s fulfilled. The Family Haven serves as an “emergency room” for families who find themselves with no safe place to sleep and who’ve exhausted all other housing options.

2015  In April, purchased and renovated 18 foreclosed unit on the 2700 block of Martin Luther King, Jr. Way.

2016  In July, the Lee Wetherington Family Village (2700 block of MLK Jr, Way) was opened to provide permanent supportive housing for 14 families.

2017  In March, the New Heights program for young adults opened at the Lee Wetherington Family Village to provide transitional housing for eight youth (ages 18 to 24) who are homeless.

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