Timothy Longden brings a unique perspective as he joins the Camp Haven Board of Directors. Having worked as an accountant for much of his career Longden’s view of Camp Haven is seen through the dollars and “sense” of supporting a grassroots program managed on a local level.
Longden and his wife Bernadette moved to Vero Beach in 2012 from Racine, Wis. and were drawn to Camp Haven’s mission to transform the lives of homeless men in Indian River County by providing a safe environment that will help them break free from destitution and despair. Camp Haven provides shelter, food, clothing, vocational training, and life skills classes that aid in the transitional process for each resident.
His degree in business administration and having worked extensively with the VA Medical Center in Milwaukee; the Justice Department, as the director of mental health at the Mental Health Complex in Milwaukee, and the Healthcare Administration at the Medical College of Wisconsin Longden has firsthand experience with the inner workings of institutions geared toward helping those with mental health issues.
For him, Camp Haven’s model is a breath of fresh air. “You’re helping one person at a time, and you’re actually making successes. They are
building one-on-one relationships, and it’s these relationships that make the difference,” noted Longden. “But the biggest thing is that
all the money spent goes directly to operations. Local organizations like this make the biggest difference.”
Grassroots organizations where local people are running the operation have the most impact, according to Longden. “This is a very lean
organization and the money that they’re spending goes directly to the mission.”
Longden’s professional affiliations include the Medical Group Management Association, Certified Medical Practice Executive and he is a “Fellow” in the Healthcare Financial Management Association and a Medal of Honor recipient from the Health Care Management Association. He has also served on the Board of the American Cancer Society, Wisconsin Division; Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers board president; Homeowners Association president, and as a Volunteer-Special Deputy for the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office.
“We are thrilled to have Tim join our Board. He and Bernadette have contributed to Camp Haven’s success by providing meals every month since our inception, in addition to providing substantial financial support. Tim’s background and history with Camp Haven make him a perfect addition to the Board,” said Brian Korkus, Camp Haven board president.
To learn more about Camp Haven, visit camphaven.net.
About Camp Haven
Camp Haven is an Indian River County transitional home that provides supportive living opportunities and education to adults committed to rising out of homelessness. Our program is unique as we are the only shelter of its kind in IRC and the surrounding areas. By implementing a thoughtful intake procedure, and strict adherence to guidelines, residents in our program, receive educational opportunities, counseling and encouragement, as they move from homelessness to hopefulness, eventually becoming active, engaged, contributing members of our community.