For most, homelessness is only a “temporary crisis – not a permanent lifestyle choice.” The face of homelessness is changing. It is no longer relegated to the stereotypical middle-aged male that has abused his body with alcohol for years standing on the side of the road. Statewide 68% of the homeless have never been homeless before. It is estimated that 46% of the homeless are families. People become homeless due to a variety of circumstances such as family crises, job loss, financial crisis, accidents, major illness or even natural disaster. The lack of affordable housing within our community only serves to complicate this issue.
The Center of Hope, in addition to the daily meals and emergency shelter, also provides programs for drug and alcohol rehabilitation, transitional living programs, transitional housing for families, emergency financial assistance services, life skill classes and support programs. (See “Services” for complete details on these programs.)
In 2013, The Salvation Army Sarasota implemented the Journey of Hope for clients and neighbors who seek assistance. It is based upon the common element of humanity: HOPE. The Journey of Hope is the expectation of quality of life increasing over time. Social mobility allows progress in the journey as opportunities reward the efforts of development. Please note, the Journey of Hope for the individual is reflected in the collective of the community. The progress of the community moves in correlation with the individual quality of life of the residents.
There are three parts of the Journey of Hope:
- The Power of Hope
- The Promise of Opportunity
- The Progress of Community
Our services operate under Specific, Methodical and Consistent Delivery Platform. We strive to demonstrate:
- Compassionate Communication
- Positive Resources
- Hospitable Environment
- Others Attitude
- Most Good Services
Join us in the journey to move “homeless” to housing.