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What 'Haven for Hope' is like for a homeless person

WARNING:  READERS SHOULD NOTE THAT SUMMER HILLS AND RON E RUSSELL HAVE NO ASSOCIATION WITH THIS WEBSITE OR, VERY PROBABLY, HAVEN FOR HOPE.  IF YOU ARE COMING HERE VIA A LINK FROM http://summerhillsrealestate.com/ YOU SHOULD BE VERY VERY SUSPICIOUS OF THE CLAIMS OF THAT ORGANIZATION, PENDING CONFIRMATION FROM HAVEN FOR HOPE THAT THEY ARE INVOLVED IN BUSINESS DEALINGS WITH RON RUSSELL OR HIS BUSINESSES, AS THE SUMMER HILLS WEBSPACE CLAIMS.


Following, is the conclusion to a a long article in My San Antonio News, titled "Haven for Hope: New home, life" by Melissa Fletcher Stoeltje and Brian Chasnoff.  These last few paragraphs describe what passing through Haven for Hope, the new $100 million homeless-aid campus in San Antonio, Texas, is like for homeless people, themselves.
For most, the flow through Haven is marked in stages. First comes sleeping outdoors, then indoors next to Prospects Courtyard, then transitioning to “guest” status when moving onto the campus. When the homeless commit to a 40-hour work week of transformation, they become “members” Once earning income, they live in one-room apartments.

Prospects Courtyard likely won’t be able to handle all those who want to get in, Haven officials said. The center is working with area churches that accommodate the homeless to handle the overflow. Salvation Army and a number of other shelters around town will still be functional.

A light-filled chapel offers nondenominational services.

“It’s a theology of hope, not hellfire and damnation,” [George] Block[, H4H’s vice president and chief operating officer] said. “These folks already feel damned.”

The heart of the campus is the Transformation Center, the 65,000-square-foot building where the real change takes place. In addition to mental health counseling and a slew of other services, the San Antonio Independent School District will provide GED and English as a Second Language classes; Alamo Colleges will offer a host of certificate training. There will be a ratio of one case manager to 40 residents. Eight partners will offer job training.

“In the first three months, we’ll have an average of 204 member hours of job training and about 775 hours a week of member classes,” said Ann Hutchinson Meyers, vice president of Transformational Services. Classrooms, including those with computers, will be filled night and day, she said.

Because, while hot meals and showers are the start, true transformation goes deep.

"Theses buildings are wonderful,” said Hutchinson Meyers, “but it’s what’s going on inside that truly matters. We don’t change the lives of the homeless; we just give them the tools. We set up the environment, and then they change themselves. We don’t change anybody.”
An earlier blogpost to SacHo, today, describes Haven for Hope, generally, and the impossibility of something like it getting built and functioning in Sacramento.

Comments

michelle said…
Ron Russell and Summerhills realty Is a SCAM!!!! they are using your name to draw people in take their money never return phone calls never find them a place when you go to their office they lie to your face! when you ask for a refund they tell you He dont have the funds!! it has been to months and I still have not recieved my money!! stay away from him hes a RIPOFF!!
michelle said…
Ron Russell If your finding homes for homeless people where is my HOME IM HOMELESS with 3 CHILDREN????
Tom Armstrong said…
I hear you, michelle. I've done some modest investigating and, indeed, it seems that it is a scammer organization you're involved with. At the Summerhills website "Haven for Hope" is conveniently called "Haven of Hope" and instead of using a link to the organization, the webpage links to a blogpost about Haven for Hope at this blog.

All this amounts to a very apparent effort to avert detection that the associations that Ron E. Russell claims are illegitimate.
Sue Best said…
Ron Russell is a FRAUD...Stay Away from him. He only wants your money and he will tell you anything to get your money.He dosen't do anything that he tells you he is going to do. Only wants your money. There is about 50 of us so far..So that should tell you something. FRAUD SCAM .......SHAME ON YOU RON RUSSELL...... Sue Best
I received an anonymous comment that tells me that Ron Russell has been arrested. I don't know if that happened relatively recently, or long, long ago. If you have been defrauded by Ron E. Russell or Summerhills Realty, call the Sacramento County District Attorney's Office.

Tom Armstrong, blogger of Sacramento Homeless

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