|If You Ever Needed Our Help...|
It is probably something that has never crossed your mind, but what if you were suddenly homeless and in need of immediate help? Where would you turn? Where would you go?
If you were to walk inside Resurrection House needing help, what could you expect from us?
First of all, you would be greeted at the front desk with respect and in a courteous manner by a group of dedicated volunteers. Previous clients have their history in a folder that would be updated by their visit to Resurrection House. A new client would go through an intake session to establish history and determine needs with a trained, caring counselor.
Hungry? There is a meal waiting for you. Dirty clothes? Our volunteers will wash your clothes for you. Cleanliness? Shower and bathroom facilities are available to you. Long hair? A barber volunteers and is always kept busy. Storage? Lockers are provided both for short and long term purposes.
Need help? Our volunteer counselors are there to provide the types of assistance that best suit your particular needs. Need transportation? The client pays $4.00 for a bus pass that allows them to travel anywhere in Sarasota County for up to 30 days. Bicycles are also available to those clients who qualify for one.
Medical Help? A doctor is on duty three days a week. Veteran information? A veteran's counselor is here on Tuesday mornings.
Need a job? Our counselors will assist in any way possible. A bus pass or bicycle will get you there. Need clothes? All types of clothing are available. You will be dressed to succeed. Need shoes? All types of shoes including new work boots can be attained.
Without lodging? A family with children will be placed in a motel and off the streets for up to two weeks. A counselor from the YMCA will meet with the family to determine the needs of the children.
Need spiritual help? A chapel that recognizes all faiths is open daily and a retired volunteer minister is available on a regular basis. Three wedding services were conducted in the chapel last year.
Need a weekend meal? Members of the First United Methodist Church serve a sack lunch every Saturday and Sunday at noon at Resurrection House. Their dedication helps fill a void and provides a needed nourishment to the homeless population.
Need financial help? For those who qualify, funds are available for a deposit on utilities or rent.
All these services and many more would be available, should you or someone you know need them. Since 1989 the Resurrection House has been an oasis in a sea of uncertainty and distress.
Instrumental in the success enjoyed by the Resurrection House are the over 200 volunteers that give tirelessly of themselves to help those much less fortunate. Their compassion and caring form the cornerstone on which Resurrection House is built.
Equally as important are the donors who make miracles happen. Whether the funds come from an individual, corporation, foundation or an estate, contributions are the lifeblood of this organization. Resurrection House is proud to proclaim it does not accept funds from the city,county, state or federal governments.
So... let's hope you will never need to use the facilities offered by Resurrection House. But, you should feel a sense of relief and joy that an organization exists that cares about the welfare of the homeless in Sarasota and acts to relieve the hopelessness that would surround their lives without it.