By: Lanetra Bennett
April 29, 2014
Tallahassee, FL - Local community activists are working to give the homeless more than just a home.
The Randolph House was built for young men who are homeless or near homeless in Tallahassee. But, it will be more than just a place to stay.
Donna Sweeting, the president and C.E.O. of D.S. Connections, Inc., will manage the house. She says, "The vision that we have for the Randolph House is to create an environment that will allow some of the skills and things that they may have missed early in life to be addressed, and give them an opportunity to be in a position to become self-sufficient."
The two-story house is in the Westgate Community off Blountstown Highway, and is the third of 14 houses to be built in the community created to address homelessness.
The first home houses single men; the second one, houses single women and women with children. The Randolph House will be for males 17 to 25 years old.
The ten-bedroom home is licensed to hold up to 40 people.
The overall goal is to have a safe and stable place to live, attain academic or vocational goals, and avoid illegal/high-risk behaviors, have sufficient economic resources to meet their daily needs, and have a sense of connectedness to people and community.
Job skills training, interpersonal skill building, budgeting and money management, physical and mental health services, transition services, life skills instruction, and much more will also be available.
Community leader Joe Thomas says, "To catch it on the intervention side of it makes it even better. We don't want to wait until they absolutely get out there too far. Then, it takes a lot more to try to bring them back and get them to be the type of young men we would like to see them become."
The Randolph House is slated to open May 1st. Space is still available. Call Danielle Richardson at 850-210-1226 for more information.