The walls of Camp Haven’s multi-purpose building are going up with the help of a recently awarded $50,000 grant made possible through the Indian River Community Foundation’s Community Enrichment Fund.
Camp Haven is the only transitional housing facility for homeless men in Indian River County. By providing temporary residence along with employment, psychological, and personal counseling, the men receive the help they need to cement the work they are doing to build new lives.
The grant from the IRCF will enable Camp Haven to construct a much-needed multi-purpose building where the men can gather for meetings, dinner and counseling sessions.
“After just six years of operation, we have outgrown the central program space that we use for group meetings and dining,” explained Brian Korkus, Camp Haven board president. “As the current room is small, some men have to stand, sit in the adjacent serving area, or take their meals back to their rooms. These funds will go toward the construction of a new building in its place.”
In December, an uninhabitable structure on the campus was demolished to make way for the new facility. The new space, nearly triple that of the current multi-purpose room, will accommodate all current residents and allow for the further expansion of six rooms to house more men.
“This will enable us to more effectively deliver our program and our mission of rebuilding the lives of homeless men in Indian River County. Thank you, Jeff Pickering and the Indian River Community Foundation, once again. This is a great example of the work you have been doing to help charities in our area over the past decade,” said Korkus.
According to Camp Haven Board Member and Building Project Director, the new space will enable all of the men to gather together for dinner where they can build relationships as a family and learn how to behave socially.
“One of the purposes of the Community Enrichment Fund is to support local charities that help vulnerable individuals and families living in our community,” said Jeff Pickering, IRCF president and CEO. “Camp Haven does this by helping homeless men with a safe, supportive place to call home temporarily as they work on rebuilding their lives. It is tough work, but the success stories at Camp Haven’s show results that everyone involved can be proud of.”
The competitive grant is made possible through the generosity of anonymous donors to grantmaking funds managed by the IRCF, including the Community Enrichment Fund and the Better Giving Fund, which support the Community Foundation’s mission of building a better community through donor-driven philanthropy.
“Once the community sees that the Community Foundation and Jeff Pickering have vetted the charity, it gives a green light to other donors to say this is an okay place to give money to, which means that we’ll be able to help more men. You don’t often get the opportunity to change somebody’s life. We’re not feeding homeless people. We’re helping men that are saying we’ll do whatever it takes. Help me,” said Stewart.
To learn more about Camp Haven, visit CampHaven.net.
Timothy Longden, Chuck Bradley, Diana Stark, Jermey Gable, Gordon Stewart, Jeff Pickering, Brian Korkus and Larry Salustro