THE LAST HOUSE ON THE BLOCK CAMPAIGN
Even though we are able to house 50 men, there is still not enough room. Part of our philosophy is that we don’t turn anyone away,but right now, we just don’t have the space. So, we have to turn men away every single day.
With The Wheelhouse’s 4-Year $4.5 million-dollar campaign, the organization is poised to have a greater capacity to serve more men in Deer Park. More space and new programs and initiatives will increase not only the quantity of men we serve, but also the quality of care.
Increased Program Capacity
Nothing attacks one’s dignity like a lack of work. Joblessness contributes to poverty, crime, homelessness, domestic violence, substance abuse, depression, divorce, and suicide. It is important that men in the beginning stages of recovery are able to begin to take care of themselves.
The Wheelhouse already has partnerships with local businesses that hire men in the 3/4 House. With an increase in clients, comes a need for greater reach in the community with local business, healthcare providers, and other professionals that will ensure even greater success of the men that graduate from The Wheelhouse.
A New Building – Stage 3 in our Cycle of Recovery
At the Wheelhouse, men are allowed to stay as long as they need to in order to be successful. The Wheelhouse, known as “The Last House on the Block”, is often the last chance for men to get clean and sober. They have lived a lifetime addicted to drugs and alcohol and need long-term support to be successful. Often, these men have been unemployed long-term and so job opportunities are limited or low paying in the beginning. Finding affordable housing can also be an issue. Because we allow men to stay as long as needed, this leads to an inability to take in new applicants.
A new Supportive Housing facility would be comprised of 3 apartment-style pods with common living and kitchen areas, allowing up to four men to live together, and share expenses and housekeeping responsibilities. Rent would be paid on a sliding scale model, and covers lodging, utilities and food. This plan empowers men to care for themselves as they get back on their feet. Men in Stage 3 of The Cycle of Recovery would move from the 3/4 House, in our current facility, to the new Supportive Housing facility, opening beds for new applicants.
To ensure that “The Last House on the Block” continues to provide last chance service to men who want to recover from alcohol and drug addiction, a $1,000,000 Endowment will be created.
Building this dream will require the private, personal, and thoughtful consideration of many people who care deeply about providing a life of hope and chance of success for men that need a second chance. Everyone is invited to participate meaningfully and substantially and your thoughtful consideration in response to this opportunity is where the vision begins to become a reality.
What Will It Take?
George Anne Bedford
Why I Give
About 40 years ago, I got involved in volunteering at The Wheelhouse. I became involved because my stepfather was an alcoholic and I wanted to do something to help other men. At first, I just delivered food to the house. Back then, the house wasn’t in the best part of town and I remember sitting in my car and just honking until someone came out and took the food. It’s changed quite a bit since then. Through the years, I’ve seen this simple program save the lives of so many men. Men are going to work and back to their families sober. They are becoming proud members of our communities. I know, through my continued work with The Wheelhouse, that I can trust my investments in the lives of these men at The Wheelhouse. It is the reason I have remained committed to them for 40 years.
“I would love to have you come by The Wheelhouse to see how your donations can save the lives of men in our community. These men are working to overcome their addictions, become meaningful members of our society, and heal relationships with their families. Every dollar that is generously given to The Wheelhouse causes ripples that are felt for generations.
Please give me a call or email me and let’s get together and talk about how you can work with us to change the lives of these men and their families".”