A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization to benefit communities and homeless families.
Matthew 7:7-8 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives;
the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
Develop synergy by combining homeless families and/or homeless veterans or low-income families with a community service, like urban agriculture or other community needs. Additionally, ex-offenders that need a new start, job skills, education to become self-sufficient to fit back into society, would be a program within HARVEST.
One model creates a facility sited on a small tract of land ideally inside or adjacent to an established residential neighborhood. The living structure would be totally self-sustaining, off the grid. The livable structure would be modular by adapting or recycling steel shipping containers that would be finished to aesthetically fit into an existing neighborhood. A second model creates a cluster of structures around an urban garden located in the county, outside of a city jurisdiction.
The initial community service provided by the facility would be urban agriculture. By providing small plots for local neighborhood families to grow fresh produce and receive education to grow food by HARVEST. The facility residence would be tasked with maintenance of the facility and agriculture plots.
Opportunities could also be realized by growing surplus food which could be taken to local ‘Farmers Markets’ to sale to the public. Proceeds would go back into that facility’s needs. HARVEST focuses on providing affordable housing solutions and second chances. With job training assistance to returning veterans, homeless and other struggling individuals we literally build homes to help rebuild lives. We believe in a back-to-nature approach to transform lives that includes job skills, mentoring, education and instruction in sustainable lifestyles and healthier living, along with sweat-equity are crucial in success of our programs.
HARVEST educates and nurtures children while empowering families and veterans to achieve stable housing and self-sufficiency.
About the Founders
J.R. was raised in a large town in the north central part of Texas. The Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex is where J.R. grew up. J.R. graduated in 1979 from Texas A&M University with a professional degree in landscape architecture (BSLA) and received the TAMU Landscape Architecture Faculty Award for Outstanding Student of 1979. J.R. is a licensed landscape architect. He has held licenses in California, Florida as well as Texas to practice landscape architecture. He is a member of ASLA, ULI and APA.
Laurell D. Phillips
Laurell was born in Queens, New York City (NY) and lived on Long Island, New York. When she was eight (8) years old, her father (a Detective with the New York City Police Department) retired, and the family moved to Fort Lauderdale, FL. Laurell graduated from Cardinal Gibbons High School in 1980, and attended Florida State University, receiving her degree in Criminology Her first job was with the Florida Department of Corrections, where she held the positions of Field Officer, Court Liaison, and Pre-Sentence Investigator. Later, Laurell worked for the Pompano Beach Police Department as a Crime Analyst.