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Learn More Resurrection House

  1. 1. Slide 1 Resurrection House & YOU— making a difference in OUR community.
  2. 2. Slide 2 Families with children comprise 33% of America’s homeless population today. Families with children comprise 33% of America’s homeless population today.
  3. 3. Slide 3 70 to 90% of homeless families are headed by women..
  4. 4. Slide 4 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.
  5. 5. Slide 5 Bringing families to a place called hope… Resurrection House is changing this grim story as it helps homeless and working poor families help themselves.
  6. 6. Slide 6 And your support since 1987 has enabled us to do this with an 80% success rate.
  7. 7. Slide 7 Crafting new lives… The support families receive at Resurrection House is like a beautifully built, 3-legged stool. It’s strong. It’s well balanced. And it’s built to last.
  8. 8. Slide 8 Education 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.
  9. 9. Slide 9 Life Skills 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.
  10. 10. Slide 10 We even have fun classes. For example, Merilee has organized several craft evenings with the moms.
  11. 11. Slide 11 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 school.
  12. 12. Slide 12 H e a l t h & F i t n e s s 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.
  13. 13. Slide 13 Faith 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 savings. 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.
  14. 14. Slide 14 Our experience is that this faith provides the necessary strength when faced with problems. Monthly services in our chapel bring our families and churches throughout the community together. Our approach encourages respect for everyone.
  15. 15. Slide 15 Faith & Alexander. . . Consider Faith, who entered Resurrection House in October 2003.
  16. 16. Slide 16 Children’s Daycare 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 culture.
  17. 17. Slide 17 Alexander, attends our toddler’s literacy program. When he starts elementary school, he will participate in twice weekly tutoring.
  18. 18. Slide 18 S u c c e s s Faith has achieved her goals with the help of Resurrection House. In 2008, Faith graduated from Resurrection House and became a proud homeowner!
  19. 19. Slide 19 Early Intervention Xander is fortunate that his mom came to Resurrection House when he was just a baby. Why?
  20. 20. Slide 20 Prevention 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.
  21. 21. Slide 21 New Beginnings 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.
  22. 22. Slide 22 A u x i l i a r y 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.
  23. 23. Slide 23 The Auxiliary provided the funds to build the playground for our daycare.
  24. 24. Slide 24 Every year, the Auxiliary prepares Easter “baskets” for all moms (and dads) at Resurrection House. As you can see, this project has grown quite a bit from baskets.
  25. 25. Slide 25 Bridging the gap… Making a difference! 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.
  26. 26. Slide 26 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.
  27. 27. Slide 27 Makeover Magic The Auxiliary inaugurated Makeover Magic over four years ago.
  28. 28. Slide 28 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 success!
  29. 29. Slide 29 Having fun for a good cause! 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!
  30. 30. Slide 30 The Auxiliary looks to the future as it continues to strengthen its support for Resurrection House. 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.
  31. 31. Slide 31 Future efforts will help continuing the funding to teach youngsters to run a small gardening business from this building.
  32. 32. Slide 32 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!
  33. 33. Slide 33 How can Resurrection House continue to help motivated, deserving families who turn to us in hope of new life?
  34. 34. Slide 34 100,000 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 poverty.
  35. 35. Slide 35 We invite you to consider joining our auxiliary to help more homeless and working-poor families succeed with the Resurrection House ministry.
  36. 36. Slide 36 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