At Dave’s House, Being Somebody’s Someone is about helping men and women with serious mental illness rebuild their lives, escaping homelessness and living in a supportive home. They are people in our community who did not have a home, or a family to give them care, or a financial support system.
Our Residents, Succeeding in Life
They are people like Steven, who is moving forward with his life and positively impacting his housemates and the community. He says that his Dave's House home has given him a sense of safety and stability through affordable rent and ongoing mental health treatment.
Before the pandemic, he worked the snack bar at Kate's Place Clubhouse. Here, Dave's House residents and Aspire Health's transitional housing residents socialize, cook lunch, tend their community garden, organize their thrift store and develop personal and professional life skills.
Due to safety precautions, our residents are sheltering-in-place as much as possible. Steven misses going to Kate's Clubhouse each day, but he has been cooking for his housemates a lot, introducing them to his vegetarian diet. One housemate attributes his weight loss to Steven's healthy cooking! “We get along really well, and we look out for each other. It’s a family,” says Steven.
Making an Impact
Together, we are making an impact. Our work has ended homelessness for over 100 men and women with serious mental illness since 2008. We still have much to do, and many more men and women in our community to help.
Increased Homelessness in Central Florida
In Orange, Osceola and Seminole Counties, over 2,000 people were homeless. Nearly 20% of these people have serious mental illness. Today, the number of homeless is increasing due to the economic downturn, unemployment and loss of family or caregivers. These factors have negatively impacted the ability for many to receive mental health services. We are working now to meet these challenges.
Our current projects include:
Please join us in our mission to end homelessness for people with serious mental illness. Through your support, our residents can shift their focus from merely surviving to thriving.
Your donations further our work to develop more Dave’s House homes, provide day programs and create social, educational and daily life skills programs. We thank you for helping us change lives.
As a Dave’s House Key Ring member, you can make every day better for our residents with a monthly gift which provides us monthly program funding we can rely on. Your monthly gift of $15, $30, $45 or any amount of your choosing helps us create more homes.
Thank you for your partnership with Dave’s House, and for your important part in changing lives. We truly cannot do what we do without you and others like you.