Thanks to community support and a State of Florida Challenge Grant the renovation of eight additional transitional housing units is underway at Camp Haven, Indian River County’s transitional housing program for homeless men, located on US 1 near Aviation Boulevard. The efficiency units will be available to men who have completed Phase I at Camp Haven and are ready to take the next step toward living independently.
According to Brego Construction Corp. Owner Pablo Bregolat, renovations are 50 percent complete. The plumbing, framing, carpentry and electrical are done, and they are currently working on drywall and tile.
In the past two years, 55 men have successfully transformed their lives through the support of Camp Haven. The completion of additional housing will allow the nonprofit to move forward with Phase II: The Pathway to Self-Sufficiency program, the next step for men who are committed to rising out of homelessness.
During Phase I, Camp Haven provides shelter, food, clothing, vocational training, counseling and life skills classes for the men. Of those who have participated in the transitional housing program, 85 percent have found jobs and are now productive members of the community.
The men’s success rate is due in part to Camp Haven’s program and process of accountability. They receive individual and group counseling, job and educational assistance, drug screenings and budget training. When the men have graduated from Phase I and are ready to go out on their own, Phase II of the program will allow them to take on more independence while continuing to receive the guidance and support they need to make their final transition back into society.
Camp Haven was able to proceed with the renovation of eight units as a result of the support of donors like the John’s Island Community Foundation and Treasure Coast Homeless Services Council.
“Louise Hubbard is the fulcrum of homelessness on the Treasure Coast,” explains Camp Haven Board President and Interim Executive Director Lalita Janke. “She has her finger on the pulse of the organizations that attend to the needs of the homeless. Louise makes sure they not just survive but thrive since the needs of the homeless on the Treasure Coast are substantial.”
Through Hubbard, the Treasure Coast Homeless Services Council, Inc. is the lead agency for the Continuum of Care for Indian River, St. Lucie and Martin Counties. With their assistance, Camp Haven was able to secure a $200,000 State of Florida Challenge Grant to complete the project. To be considered for the Florida Challenge Grant the project must fit within the continuum of care plans for the local service delivery system. The council wrote the completion of Phase II of Camp Haven into their annual plan making it eligible for consideration.
“We are so grateful Louise chose to support our capital campaign,” says Janke. “Poverty does not end with hunger and homelessness. Being unloved, misunderstood and ignored is brutal and paralyzing.”
“Camp Haven has been successful,” says Louise Hubbard, “I think it is a good idea to give their residents an opportunity to experience independent living in a safe setting. It’s the target population for whom there is very little on the Treasure Coast.”
In a few short months, the renovations for Phase II programs will be complete, and Camp Haven will be able to bring hope and restoration to more men in the community. To learn more about the program and how you can help, call 772-999-3625 or visit CampHaven.net.