In 1992 Pastors Jim and Peggy Minor founded Harvest House with just 6 beds for men in recovery from substance abuse. Today, Harvest House has 9 supportive housing campuses and 30 affordable rentals encompassing 400+ beds and serves more than 900 individuals annually.
As a pioneer in the transitional and permanent supportive housing movement, Harvest House is one of the few nonprofit organizations in Sarasota to work towards the development, preservation, and management of affordable, service-enriched housing, We serve homeless families, veterans, youth ages 18 to 24, and adults with a history of incarceration and substance abuse.
Our programs are not a handout. Instead, they offer a hand-up to those willing to engage and work towards independence. We believe that personal responsibility is a key component of success for the families, youth, veterans, and individuals we serve.
Revitalizing Neighborhoods. Transforming Lives.
After 25+ years, Harvest House has found that this tri-pronged approach offers sustainable solutions for clients. Supportive Housing includes case management services carefully coupled with Emergency, Transitional, or semi-Permanent Housing. Access to social services such as TANF – Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, SNAP – Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Head Start, Foster Care, and more, is crucial. Neighborhood Revitalization is essential for permanent solutions to poverty and disenfranchisement – we purchase run-down and often abandoned properties with high rates of crime and revitalize them to provide access to affordable housing to those communities.
Case Management Services
Case management is a collaborative process of assessment, planning, facilitation, care coordination, evaluation, and advocacy for options and services to meet an individual’s and family’s comprehensive needs through communication and available resources to promote sustainable outcomes for the participant.
Each participant in our programs is assigned a case manager upon intake. Clients meet with their case manager at least once a month throughout residency, although it is often much more.
Life Enrichment Classes
- Financial Literacy
- Parenting Development
- Spiritual Development
- Job Training
- Fitness & Nutrition
- Art Therapy & Appreciation
- Emotional Intelligence Therapy
- Other topics that contribute to sustainability & enrichment including Addiction Education, Group Therapy, and Individual Coaching & Counseling.
OrangeWorks is an employee finder with a vast network of workers that provides employment for Harvest House clients as soon as they are ready for work and brings businesses the best of both worlds: depth of resources with the personal touch and support of a local agency. If your business is interested in OrangeWorks’ services please visit www.owemployees.com or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We also work closely with Suncoast Workforce to connect local businesses with qualified employees, provide access to a statewide database of job openings, offer quick links to the most up-to-date job market research, assist with résumé writing and interviewing techniques, and host educational workshops to sharpen job search skills.
Food Assistance & Security
The Harvest Food Pantry distributes fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, and dry goods to the Sarasota community. Distribution to the Sarasota community is held on Thursdays from 10 AM – 1 PM at the Harvest Church: 3650 17th Street, Sarasota, FL 34235.
An average of 50lbs of is distributed to each family each week. The Harvest Food Pantry is also a resource for other local non-profits and special outreaches such as group homes for foster children and the elderly. We have many partners from whom we receive donations or purchase food at a discounted rate, including Trader Joe’s and All Faith’s Food Bank. Thanks to our partners and our team of dedicated volunteers who make this all possible!
Food Assistance & Security
The GrowBox Garden Project is the result of a partnership between Harvest House and Farmer Frank from Siesta Key Chapel that shows our client families the power of growing their own food. Farmer Frank has helped to plant one GrowBox Garden on each of our three family-based campuses with crops such as tomatoes, squash, and even kale, to name a few. We celebrate the planting season with a Planting Party and the end of each growing season with a Harvest Picnic. Our families enjoy the fruits of their labor all throughout the season!