The James Robinson Memorial Dining Room Project- In 1982, three men came together after an AA meeting and the discussion was about the need for a halfway house for alcoholics exiting the prison system. Four months later they rented a house on Fern Street in downtown West Palm Beach and Fern House was born.
The mission broadened and the program evolved over the years, and now Fern House is considered one of the premier programs in Palm Beach County. This was driven in large part due to the sometimes thankless work of one of those three men. James Robinson remained active in the Fern House both with his work on the Board of Directors guiding the business side and his work with our residents for thirty-two years before his passing in 2014.
The James Robinson Memorial Dining Room project will both allow Fern House to honor our great friend while at the same time expanding our ability to meet the nutritional needs of our clients. The current dining facilities are both outdate and inadequate in capacity since our expansion four years ago adding the Harry Hamilton Campus.
Upon completion of this project we will unveil a revamped dining space creating room for 70-80 people which will serve as part of the foundation of Fern House's program as future expansions become a reality. It will also include a state of the art kitchen area including the equipment necessary to produce high quality food bring nourishment back to the most vulnerable members of our community well into the future.
The Foundations for the Future campaign will raise $300,000 over the next eighteen months through both submission of grant proposals to foundations likely to find this a worthy cause and a series of events we are planning for later this year.
We kicked this campaign off with a huge bang at our annual Spring Brunch on April 1 starting with $45,000. Starting from a strong position is great, but we could always use your help. Please consider donating to this project! Scroll down to the donate button or feel free to call us at 561-471-0430 and we will be thrilled to discuss options with you. Thank you for considering us.
Indigent Care Fund, which is a scholarship fund to offer indigent men with drug problems the opportunity to enter Fern House without the required financial commitment. Suggested donation for that fund is $203.00 that will fund one week of housing, three meals per day and a structured program of recovery.
$203.00 (will cover a one week scholarship of an indigent person seeking assistance)
Bronze Partner: $500.00 (will include link to a business if desired on site and sponsorship of an event that year)
Silver Partner: $750.00 (will include link to a business if desired on site and sponsorship of an event that year)
Gold Partner: $1,500 (will include link to your business if desired on site and sponsorship of an event for that year)
Platinum Partner: $2,500 (will include link to your business if desired on site and sponsorship of an event for that year)
Diamond Partner: $5,000 (will include link to your business if desired on site and title sponsorship of an event for that year)
Title Partner: $10,000 (will include naming rights to an apartment at Harry Hamilton Campus)