From Hope to Home
Clients come to us with a variety of personal issues such as unemployment, addictions, legal problems, mental and physical health issues, poor documentation, disabilities, abuse, poor education and overall lack of life skills. Our counselors work with each client to develop an Individual Care Plan and then monitor and assist clients to fulfill that plan in order to transition to success. Each client meets with a counselor once a week to review and adjust his or her plan.
At Our Daily Rest, we don't just provide housing and food, we offer a comprehensive program that addresses the cause of homelessness in each individual. We provide a hand up, not a hand out. Clients who aren’t serious about doing the work to change their circumstances and their lives are quickly asked to leave, and the individuals who are allowed to stay exhibit commitment, integrity, and a personal drive to become independent. Our Daily Rest is committed to helping people who truly want to change their situation by giving them every assistance and opportunity.
Our Daily Rest is set up with a men's side and a women's side with no shared space other than the dining area. The men's side is dormitory style and the women's side has individual rooms that house three or four per room, to accommodate children. There is an outdoor, fenced recreation area on each side, as well as laundry facilities, a living area and a snack area.
Our Daily Rest is clean, well maintained and comfortable, providing a home-like atmosphere for clients. Each resident has assigned jobs to help care for the facility.
An evening meal is served to all residents in a common dining area. Meals are prepared by volunteers or residents trained on using the commercial kitchen.
In 2005, a group of community leaders from area churches, social agencies and concerned citizens came together to address the needs of a growing population of homeless families and individuals in Oconee County. The resulting mission was and still is:
To provide a safe and nurturing facility where families and individuals can maintain their sense of well-being and dignity while rebuilding their lives.
To work with local agencies, churches, and businesses to help train and employ the temporarily homeless.
To ultimately help clients find and secure affordable and permanent housing in order to re-establish their value--to themselves and our community.
Our Daily Rest opened it doors in 2009 and has served more than 1600 clients since. The support and commitment of individuals, churches and local businesses enables Our Daily Rest to continue to build a better community by transforming lives.
Lauren Richardson, Executive Director
Lucy Murr, Case Manager
Jerry Walters, Men’s Program Manager
Gwendolyn Daniels, Women’s Program Manager
Monica Ravnell, Evening Program Assistant
Tim Gordon, Case Manager
Sam Holleman, Development Associate
Board of Directors
Julian Davis III, President
Daniel Wroblewski, Asst. Treasurer
Steve Smith, Vice Chair
Joyce Peebles, Secretary
Cecelia McWhorter. Board member emeritus