Hey my name is Cory Smith, I graduated Camp Haven. Probably about a year ago I came here with an addiction problem that sent me to prison for twelve years. I came here, was able to get back on my feet, beat my addiction problem or get a hold of it through alcoholics anonymous, now I have over a year clean. I graduated Camp Haven, I have my own business, I have a full time job, a family and a vehicle, I have a somewhat normal life, and it’s the best life I have ever in my whole sobriety, at 43 years old.
I had two great things that Camp Haven did for me. I did not have any teeth, Ms. Janke found a dentist that would give me his time and services to give me a new bridge, so now I can smile and look people in the face. The second thing they did for me was help get me my master plumbing exam books, which is huge to get my state contractor’s license. Those are the two biggest things that Camp Haven did for me, thank you.
What Camp Haven did for me is give me an opportunity to grow. It helped me to be a better man and a better person, helped me to realize that people need to be together. This community at Camp Haven is not just a transitioning housing, its more about growth, more about family or a community together and we are family.
Camp Haven gave me my life back. The opportunity to go back to school and get my son back in my life and get my life back on track.
Camp Haven is one of the best opportunities in Vero Beach for those who need a hand up and not a hand down. Camp Haven is a place where those who need to get theirs lives together and process some things plus take advantage of the resources in Indian River County, this is the best place to be. I was here at one particular point for a few months and it benefited me tremendously, so I definitely recommend it and they need all the support they can get. Anything that I can do, I will always show up to help, because they were always there for me.