Camp Haven helps homeless men “polish” their lives so that these “diamonds in the rough” can rejoin society as contributing members.
To celebrate the success and growth of the nonprofit, Camp Haven Inc. would like to extend an invitation to the community to attend the seventh annual fundraising gala, Diamonds in the Rough, on Jan. 23 at Grand Harbor Golf Clubhouse. The evening’s festivities begin at 6 p.m. with cocktails, dinner, an inspiring tale of redemption and music by Bobby & The Blisters.
“I’m very proud to be involved with Camp Haven, which is the only transitional men’s shelter on the Treasure Coast,” said Linda Teetz, event chair. “Since our opening in 2014, we have served over 200 men. It was very heartwarming, recently, to have two of our men who graduated from our program purchase homes and reunite with their families.”
Camp Haven’s mission is to transform the lives of homeless men in Indian River County by providing a safe environment that will help them break free from destitution and despair. With an emphasis on accountability, residents are mentally and physically trained to re-enter society and find jobs with the goal of becoming contributing members of the community.
“I had a place to go, a bed to sleep in, hot meals and a shower,” says Mike Digman, Camp Haven graduate. “I participated in the counseling, programs and support they offered me. I learned to stop making self-destructive choices and took responsibility for my life. Camp Haven saved my life.”
The transitional home provides supportive living opportunities and education to adults committed to rising out of homelessness. By implementing a thoughtful intake procedure and strict adherence to guidelines, residents in the program receive educational opportunities, counseling and encouragement as they move from homelessness to hopefulness, eventually becoming active, engaged, contributing members of our community.
“I am looking forward to our next annual Diamonds in the Rough gala,” said Brian Korkus, Camp Haven board president. “There is much to share about the momentum that Camp Haven has and the increasing success our program is bringing to our community. This is our big event of the year where we can provide updates and thank our supporters who make our work of transforming the lives of homeless men in Indian River County possible.
"All are welcome to join us for a nice night of dinner and music while standing with us to combat homelessness right here in our neighborhood,” said Korkus.
The Jan. 23 event will begin with cocktails at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m., with music by Bobby & The Blisters. Live and silent auction items will be available for bidding.
Tickets to the gala are $195 per person. For information or to make reservations, call 772-999-3625 or visit camphaven.net