INDIAN RIVER COUNTY— Since its inception in 2013, Camp Haven has provided a supportive environment where men seeking a way out of homelessness can transform their lives, much like lumps of coal transformed into diamonds with support and guidance that allows the men to rejoin society as contributing members.
In celebration of the success and growth of the nonprofit, Camp Haven Inc. invites the community to its fourth annual fundraising gala "Diamonds in the Rough," which will take place at 6 p. m. Jan. 24 at the Grand Harbor Golf Clubhouse with cocktails, dinner and music by Bobby & The Blisters.
“Our annual gala in January will be a celebration of Camp Heaven's fifth year in operation and all of the lives that were impacted through our program. I’m thrilled by our progress and look forward to thanking all of our supporters at this special event,” said Brian Korkus, president of the board.
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, our residents are mentally and physically trained to re-enter society and find jobs with the goal of becoming contributing members of the community.
“Camp Haven is unique to the Treasure Coast. There are so many organizations that help children, women, families, and animals, but homeless men have been forgotten. Camp Haven rebuilds the lives of homeless men, so they can lead productive lives and reunite with their families,” Linda Teetz, event co-chair, said.
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 the community.
To learn more about Camp Haven join them at the annual Diamonds in the Rough gala and learn firsthand from one of Camp Haven's men how he fought his way back from the despair of homelessness.
The event is at the Grand Harbor Golf Clubhouse, 4985 Club Terrace, Vero Beach. Cocktails begin at 6 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m. Music by Bobby & The Blisters. Live and silent auction items will be available for bidding.
Tickets are $195 per person. RSVP to 772-999-3625, 772-633-0904 or CampHaven.net.