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John Walsh: New Chief Operating Officer

John Walsh joins the Harvest House Team!


Harvest House Welcomes John Walsh as New Chief Operating Officer

Sarasota, FL, January 16th, 2024 – Harvest House, a leading nonprofit organization, has named John Walsh its new Chief Operating Officer. In his new role, Walsh will lead a team of over 20 members and oversee the day-to-day operations of the organization’s residential programs, affordable housing, encompassing 380 beds, and the Harvest Food Pantry. 

With 29 years of experience in the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office, Walsh brings with him a wealth of knowledge and expertise in patrol, investigations, court services, and emergency response. His outstanding service has earned him numerous awards, including the NAACP Freedom Award, Congressional Law Enforcement Dedication and Professionalism Award, Life Saving Award, and Meritorious Achievement Award. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, a Master’s in Criminal Justice Administration from Hodges University, and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Management in Executive Leadership.

“I am deeply inspired by the resilience and strength of people who are overcoming addiction, houselessness, and food insecurity,” says Walsh. “As the newly selected Chief Operating Officer at Harvest House, I reaffirm my commitment to compassion and community. I am reminded daily of Harvest House’s transformative impact on our community through a highly dedicated, trained, and professional team. I look forward to collaborating with our incredible team, stakeholders, and being a force multiplier to strengthen programs that support our neighbors in need.”

With the addition of Walsh, Harvest House is poised to continue its vital work in providing health, wholeness, and stability to those in need, and we look forward to the positive impact that his leadership will bring to this vital organization.

“We are thrilled to welcome John to the Harvest House team,” said Erin Minor, CEO of Harvest House. “With his exceptional leadership skills, strategic thinking, and deep community connections, we are confident that John will play a crucial role in furthering our mission to champion hope and transform lives. As we continue to expand our capacity to serve the needs of the community, John’s expertise will be invaluable in ensuring that we can meet the needs of the most vulnerable citizens in our community.” 

About Harvest House  

Harvest House is a local supportive housing and hunger relief provider with 380 beds and multiple programs throughout Sarasota and Manatee Counties. They serve members of our community who are working to rebuild their lives, including families and young adults experiencing homelessness, and adults with a history of addiction and incarceration. Since 1992, Harvest House has worked to democratize affordable housing, addiction recovery services, and food security across the region. Their programs improve the economic status of residents and stabilizes lives for generations to come. 

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