all started in 1987 when the Rev. Joseph Diaz began to notice a disturbing
trend in the cold night shelter, an increase in families with
children. He decided his church, the Cathedral Church of St. Peter
(Episcopal) would initiate a coalition of churches to create an
alternative to emergency shelters which were poorly equipped to handle
founders sought to create an environment providing time, space, and
support services which would enable homeless families to rebuild their
Resurrection House began operating as a nonprofit corporation in 1988
after buying an apartment complex to serve as transitional housing for
homeless families with children.
1998, we launched a two-year capital campaign to raise $2 million in
private funds for a new Resurrection House campus. The result? A
debt-free, award winning new building completed in 2001, doubling our
capacity to house participants in modern apartments.
facility includes two-and three bedroom apartments for families,
classrooms, media library, chapel, administrative offices and meeting
rooms. In 2003, the City of St. Petersburg honored Resurrection House
with the City Beautiful Award, which recognizes “outstanding
achievement in landscaping, building design and maintenance.”
Resurrection House follows the same self-sufficiency model it promotes
in families. It accepts no government funding, raises all funds from
private sources, and completed the construct-ion process free of debt.
1988, over 500 families have been participants in the Resurrection
House program. As families typically stay 1 – 4 years,
there is little of the high turnover in similar public programs.
Our goal is permanent change,
not a quick fix. The self-sufficiency success
rate is over 80 percent.
Self-sufficiency includes being wise stewards of donors’
contributions. The campus is designed with low-maintenance and high-efficiency standards. It is built to last with steel framing, brick
construction, and drought tolerant landscaping, including being
irrigated with reclaimed water.
addition to the efficiency of the units, the water heating system is a
high efficiency gas Lochinvar heater that keeps hot
water in constant circ-ulation throughout the building.
This saves thousands of
dollars annually in electric costs.
with Hennessy Construction Services, Harvard, Jolly, Clees, Toppe Architects... and the countless hours of volunteer
time donated by firm president William B. Harvard, Jr., Resurrection
House is as-sured of the highest standard of excellence in the design
of its campus.