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Florida Resurrection House is a
not-for-profit 501(c)3 operating since 1987. We assist homeless and working poor families with children to recover stability, achieve self-sufficiency, and break the cycle of poverty.


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   Helping Families Help Themselves


It 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 families.

These founders sought to create an environment providing time, space, and support services which would enable homeless families to rebuild their lives.


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.


In 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.

The 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.

Since 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.

In 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.


In partnership 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.


Florida Resurrection House, Inc.
800 Eleventh Street North, St. Petersburg, Florida 33705-1256

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