It is hard to believe that it has been more than four years since Camp Haven took in our first resident! This project would not be possible or successful if not for the outpouring of support from our wonderful community.
Watching the transformation of the men has blessed me in ways that I could never have imagined. Our residents are aware that the care and generosity of the community provides them with the opportunity to succeed by giving them a second chance at rebuilding their lives.
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 in social services. They were repeatedly told there was no place to go and they felt that no one cared for them.
These men yearn for stability and shelter. Eager to make their way back into society they search for opportunities and jobs to transform their lives. 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, and the tools and training they need to embrace a productive life.
Each of the men we help is unique in his psychological needs, 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. However, the need was there and we ran out of accommodations.
We are nearing the completion of another project; the additional eight-room build out. Although there were several hurdles, we can finally see the finish line! The timing couldn't be more perfect, as we are constantly turning men away.
That is why the capital campaign for the renovation of eight additional rooms was so essential. The rooms will 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 helped more than 140 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 90 percent of the men are now employed, 60 percent have paid back their debts, 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 break 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,