What a year it’s been! Together we have weathered a hurricane, economic uncertainty and dealing with the challenges of a growing number of homeless people in the community. With the help of local churches, philanthropists and volunteers we help homeless men regain their lives through our life changing Pathways to Self-sufficiency Program.
Every day, men in our community desperately struggle with homelessness. Most of them come to us when they are experiencing personal crisis and have lost all hope. Financially, physically and emotionally depleted they tend to make wrong life choices, which in turn costs our community thousands of dollars for social services. They were repeatedly told there was no place to go and they feel no one cares for them.
These men yearn for stability and shelter. They search for opportunities and jobs to transform their lives eager to make their way back into society. The community, through Camp Haven, is responding to their needs by providing a safe environment for men committed to changing their lives, freeing themselves from destitution, despair and self-destructive behaviors by giving them our time, the tools and training they need to embrace a productive life.
Each of the men we help is unique in his psychological needs and unique in his rehabilitation and assimilation process back into the community. None of the men we work with ever expected to find themselves in need of temporary shelter. The need was there but we had run out of accommodations. That is why the capital campaign for the renovation of eight additional rooms was so essential. The rooms would enable us to help more men in a structured environment become successful. By rebuilding themselves, gaining self –esteem, getting mentally and emotionally healthy, rediscovering their spiritual and life values, acquiring vocational certification, and gaining financial stability they are prepared to reenter the community and live a full, productive and wholesome life. .
In just three years Camp Haven has assisted more than 100 broken men discover their unique potential through our transformational, residential program. While they were with us they received food, shelter, clothing, life skills counseling, education, employment assistance and medical care.
More than 93 percent of the men are now employed, 57 percent have paid back their debt, and 33 percent are currently enrolled in a certification program.
Through your continued support we can continue to change the trajectory of a life. Your contribution will make a better community by helping men better their lives; becoming dependable partners and parents and conscientious employees.
The Board thanks you for joining with us in being part of the solution to breaking the cycle of homelessness in Indian River County. Thank you for your generosity. Thank you for being the change in our community. Thank you for demonstrating your faith and love of God by giving hope back to a lost and lonely brother.
With deep gratitude
President of the Board