Award is seen as a major boost to the capital campaign for the Haven Industries building project
Community Haven for Adults and Children with Disabilities, Inc., in Sarasota has received a $50,000 grant award from the Bank of America Client Foundation, Virginia White Clark Fund, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee by the Distribution Committee for the foundation. The grant funds are an important boost to the ongoing capital campaign to expand the facilities of the Haven Industries vocational training program for the disabled, which trains and employs more than 150 disabled adults from the Sarasota-Manatee area.
In November, 2013, Community Haven became certified as an “Employment Center” from the Florida Department of Management Services — the agency that oversees Respect of Florida (RESPECT). RESPECT is a state use program that helps participating non-profit organizations market products and services produced by people with disabilities to government entities. In addition to commodities, government entities also use RESPECT’s pre-negotiated service contracts to meet specific needs throughout the state from landscaping and janitorial services to packaging and vehicle maintenance. Due to the Florida RESPECT designation, Haven Industries will have the potential to bid for larger contracts and offer more clients with training and employment. Haven Industries is already providing a variety of contracted services to ten area businesses, including Sun Hydraulics, IRISS, United Natural Foods and Ecological Laboratories. With this designation, and the planned facility expansion, this important program will provide the dignity of socially valuable employment to hundreds of disabled adults in years to come.
Members of the community interested in supporting the Haven Industries capital campaign are invited to tour the Community Haven campus and view the site plans.