Resurrection House & YOU—
making a difference in OUR community.
Families with children
comprise 33% of America’s
homeless population today.
Families with children comprise 33% of America’s homeless population today.
70 to 90% of homeless families are headed by women..
Chances are you know a family only a
paycheck away from homelessness.
And chances are you know a family only a paycheck away from homelessness.
to a place
Resurrection House is changing this grim story as it helps homeless and working poor
families help themselves.
And your support since 1987 has enabled us to do this with an 80% success
The support families receive at Resurrection House
is like a beautifully built, 3-legged stool.
It’s well balanced.
And it’s built to last.
The first leg encourages education & training.
Our goal is a living wage, not minimum wage, with graduates free of crushing debt, for
the first time able to accumulate savings, and free of government assistance.
These four participants were receiving Helen K. Leslie academic scholarships at a
Business & Professional Women dinner.
Monday evening life skills classes are a requirement throughout a participant’s stay in
our program. Everything is taught from budgeting and homeownership to parenting,
time management, and learning to relax.
We even have fun classes. For example, Merilee has organized several craft evenings
with the moms.
Stopping the Cycle
Our passion for education does not end with the adults in our program. We believe one
way to stop multi-generational poverty is to work with our children. Every child, starting
at 18 months old, is in our toddlers’ literacy program every Monday evening, working
with volunteers in a myriad of ways to help these kids develop a love of reading and
education. Twice weekly tutoring with volunteers and a Pinellas County teacher
ensures the older, school-age children are receiving the help they need to thrive in
The second leg focuses on physical, emotional, & mental well being. It’s not unusual for
an adult to need glasses, because of no funds for an exam or glasses. Dental care is
out of the question when you can’t pay the rent or buy the basic necessities. Our
experience is that most of the families in our program can benefit from counseling
through the services of trained, professional counselors. Our partnership with
Directions for Mental Health provides these services on our campus and in the privacy
of families’ apartments.
Often, other health issues have long been ignored. Dental problems and glasses are
not in most impoverished families budgets. Women often have never had a breast
exam or well-woman exam. We try to ensure adults and children receive the necessary
health services they need.
The third leg encourages families to develop a strong faith in God.
We tell families that they can get the education, pay off the debt, and accumulate the
And still, when they leave Resurrection House, catastrophe can strike.
We believe that fear has been such a part of these individuals lives and encourage
them to engage in a spiritual journey.
Our experience is that this faith provides the necessary strength when faced with
Monthly services in our chapel bring our families and churches throughout the
Our approach encourages respect for everyone.
Alexander. . .
Consider Faith, who entered Resurrection House in October 2003.
Faith has run a daycare business on our campus five days a week, ten hours a day,
while at the same time studying for a bachelor’s degree in special education and deaf
Alexander, attends our toddler’s literacy program. When he starts elementary school,
he will participate in twice weekly tutoring.
Faith has achieved her goals with the help of Resurrection House.
In 2008, Faith graduated from Resurrection House and became a proud homeowner!
Xander is fortunate that his mom came to Resurrection House when he was just a baby.
Well, teens are an especially vulnerable population.
Because teens who have been homeless, moved from place to place, and shifted from
school to school,
have one of the highest rates of suicide in America today.
It takes a wide community of people to help us achieve our goals.
Our families succeed in becoming strong, well-balanced, & successful because you and
others like you embrace our mission and vision.
The Resurrection House Auxiliary is a perfect example.
Founded in 1999, it has become a key to all parts of our mission.
Our families succeed in part because of the support of the Auxiliary.
The Auxiliary provided the funds to build the playground for our daycare.
Every year, the Auxiliary prepares Easter “baskets” for all moms (and dads) at
As you can see, this project has grown quite a bit from baskets.
Caring and Sharing
The Auxiliary’s Grants Program provides $ for needs not met by other means.
Funds from this program help our families deal with unexpected expenses.
Auxiliary members serve on the Board of Directors and volunteer in a myriad of ways.
They spread the word about our program.
Their financial support helps keep our doors open and programs running.
The Auxiliary inaugurated Makeover Magic over four years ago.
Instead of a typical runway show, ours featured makeovers for four lucky women, whose
experiences were photographed and shown the day of the event. It was a huge
fun for a
The event has grown each year. This year we will be at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club
and our theme is “Master’s Pieces.” Everyone is a masterpiece in God’s eyes!
The Auxiliary looks to the future as it continues to strengthen its support for
Remember those teens at risk that I talked about earlier?
A new afternoon program for teens living at Resurrection House and in the
neighborhood is being supported by auxiliary efforts.
Future efforts will help continuing the funding to teach youngsters to run a small
gardening business from this building.
Auxiliary efforts are demonstrated every day in successful outcomes!
80% of families at Resurrection House graduate from its program.
The effects are permanent.
Graduates become successful, tax-paying members of this community that has helped
them & we all win!
How can Resurrection House continue to help motivated, deserving families who turn to
us in hope of new life?
100,000 children sleep in a shelter, abandoned building, or on the street every night.
Together, we can help families overcome incredible challenges and end the cycle of
We invite you to consider joining our auxiliary to help more homeless and working-poor
families succeed with the Resurrection House ministry.
Resurrection House & YOU—
making a difference in OUR community.
To check out the Resurrection House Auxiliary and read other stories about our
programs, go to our website: www.floridaresurrectionhouse.com