A Determined Community Haven Unveils Plans for the Future
"The agency needs to expand – we’ve got the space. Now it’s just a question of raising awareness of our plans. Hopefully, we can attract as many people as possible to come and join us in realizing our vision.”
Nestled in a calm, bucolic setting near Fruitville Road, Community Haven has, since the Sixties, offered hope and sanctuary to a community of proud people.
Despite suffering from disabilities, thanks to Community Haven’s progressive philosophy, the clients who form the heart of the 32-acre, campus-like agency, lead meaningful lives, rich with contentment.
But as the agency’s volunteer coordinator Anny Barker Schefler points out, there’s much more to achieve.
“We’re often called the ‘best kept secret in Sarasota’” she said. “And that’s upsetting. Community Haven has been in Sarasota for 60 years and has provided services for adults, teenagers and children with disabilities. But now the agency needs to grow and we can’t achieve that ambition unless we become more familiar to the community at large.”
To achieve both those plans for the future and grow an awareness of how the agency enriches lives, Community Haven has organized “Passport to Our Community,” an awareness event Brad Jones, the agency’s Director of Adult Programs, hopes will go a long way to fulfill Community Haven’s dreams.
However, he was quick to point out that the evening is not a fundraiser.
“The event is aimed at letting people know that we’re here in Sarasota – that’s the number one priority,” Jones explained.
“We also want to unveil or plans for the future. The agency needs to expand – we’ve got the space. Now it’s just a question of raising awareness of our plans. Hopefully, we can attract as many people as possible to come and join us in realizing our vision.”
Community Haven’s president and CEO, Marla Doss simply added, “Our founders forged a path that we proudly follow today of providing a helping hand, a safe home and serving with an open heart.
“We are not only providing stellar services to these individuals but an amazing social environment. Our adults are leading productive lives and making a difference in their community as well as earning a paycheck.”
Passport to Our Community
May 8th from 5pm to 7pm at The Francis, 1289 Palm Avenue, Sarasota.
RSVP by May 1st at 941 355-8808 ext. 226, or at firstname.lastname@example.org