PRIDE Haven is officially open! Opening its doors in January of 2020, PRIDE Haven is SAVE, Inc.'s newest facility. With PRIDE Haven, SAVE meets an unmet need in our community: offering support for young people facing homelessness aged 18-24. Since 2014, the total number of young adults experiencing homelessness in our community has increased by 32%. PRIDE Haven offers an encouraging accepting environment to all. We are proud to announce that PRIDE Haven has successfully connected all residents who visited PRIDE Haven from January through October to permanent housing solutions.
PRIDE Haven has welcomed five members to its staff. Scout DiSimio serves as PRIDE Haven's Residential Program Manager. She notes her excitement about joining PRIDE Haven: "I'm so proud to be able to work with youth and transition-aged adults. As a member of the LGBTQ community who has previously experienced homelessness, I hope to impact others and enable them to accomplish their goals."
PRIDE Haven's case management team includes Leslie Pope and Kara Marti. "I'm excited to be a part of a team whose purpose is the betterment of youth in marginalized communities," Pope says of joining PRIDE Haven. Marti notes the daily work to be rewarding: "Every day is different. Our staff is great and the opportunity to help young people takes on a new and valuable meaning every day.
Three life skills workers, Destiny Allen, Deontia Brown and Vincent Frazier round out PRIDE Haven's staff team. Allen is thrilled to continue working with youth. "To help people in any way I can, no matter the person or situation is one of the best parts about his job." Brown has been working with youth for over 15 years and shares much of the same sentiments: "I enjoy helping people pursue progress to success in their lives."