The Jericho Project Inc
The Jericho Project Partners to Encourage, Create and
Develop Permanent Attainable Housing Solutions in our region:
Sarasota County and Manatee County and the
Cities of North Port, Venice, Sarasota, Bradenton, Bradenton Beach,
Holmes Beach, Anna Maria and Palmetto, and the Town of Longboat Key
CHANGING THE FABRIC
Thank You for Your Support during 2020 Giving Challlenge
and throughout the year.
The Jericho Project Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit Florida Corporation with an affordable housing mission
Our programs include providing clarity around affordable housing choices and partnering with those who are ready to expand our housing solutions to meet the needs of those who need permanent housing.
The Jericho Project is the lead organization for 2019 Planet Healing Films
Richard Morris, President's resume, brings you the man who is 100% committed to deliver permanent, attainable housing for all.
Sandy Gallagher, Secretary resume introduces you to an amazing woman whose
lifetime of service as a mental health counselor and licensed clinical social worker was enhanced with her Smith College education.
Ladonna Denman, Treasurer resume introduces you to a multi-disciplined expert in office management, accounting and medical service
Glen Gibellina, Board Member's resume and website link you to containers transformed into homes that can be used as accessory dwelling units and combined to create shared housing and other affordable housing solutions.
Mary Anne Bowie, Executive Director's resume introduces you to a sustainability expert and urban planner who is committed to creating communities that are socially equitable, environmentally sound and fiscally responsible.
Our February 18, 2020 Event. Click here to watch the YouTube Video of the Helpful Hopeful Housing Summit.
By Richard Morris, President,
The Jericho Project
People ask me why I care so much about The Jericho Project. I know the moment that my passion began. It was a life changing moment. I was working at Heartland Nursing facility around 2008. It was very early on a cold January morning.
An angry woman drove up in a big cadillac and dropped off her parents at our front door, stating "Call me when they are dead." Her parents, in their 80's, were barefoot and dressed in their pajamas. The daughter left quickly, and left
no paperwork, and then drove away. I stood there, totally shocked, and in tears. I grabbed some blankets, sat them down, tried to comfort them, and stayed close with them until the morning staff showed up. It was at that moment that I realized that the gift of a roof over one's head represents self empowerment and respect.
Although I always worked very hard, my health began to get worse and worse. I had five stints, spine surgery, and two brain aneurysms and then, I found myself in the hospital, a victim of a prescription medicine reaction. I literally died and got the message from God, "Not yet Richard." So, I woke up and when the Doctor called me his miracle patient, I suggested that we started a support group for others who had the same reaction to the medicine. "That was impossible," he said, "Everyone else was already dead." My health issues continued with a stroke that caused me to be completely unable to speak to the Doctor or to move half my body. Again, I went deep into the night and the message this time, was "You are going to be okay, Richard." In the morning, the Doctor was flabbergasted when I spoke to him, explaining, "I'm going to be okay."
So, by then, I thought what could possibly happen next. Well, next, in 2013, I was diagnosed with HIV due to sticking myself with a hypo while changing out sharps containers. Even though it was a job related illness, I lost my job. And I was very very sick for a while and my businesses lost all their assets. But, I did end up having the good fortune of living at the Casa San Jose through Bethesda House. During that time, I regained by health, my composure, my reasoning in my own head to do the two surgeries and I even started my own new business, getting back to feeding my entrepreneurial spirit. I began seeing defects in the health care and housing systems, thus stirring in me a desire to fix some of those problems, especially housing that is affordable, attainable and permanent for people.
In case I thought my problems were over; they were not. Because of misapplying my corporation into the wrong IRS category, I was deemed to be no longer eligible for my housing at Casa San Jose, my disability, etc. etc. Knocked down again, but not out.
The biblical story of felling the walls of Jericho is what I'm working at: To tear down the bad and ugly walls of incompetency and impossibility and start rebuilding the possible. We can do this. So many organizations seem to want to provide housing and want to take care of people, but they are stopped by the development process. We are committed to turning ideas into reality. We have the skilled Board members and Executive Director ready to partner with you to create and develop permanent, attainable housing solutions.