Our accommodations afford each veteran a safe, secure, and caring place to call home. With their own bed, personal space for storage and more than adequate bathroom accommodations, as well as a kitchen providing space for their individual food items and three complete professionally prepared meals daily. The house is twenty plus blocks from Fort Miley Veterans medical center, one block from the Golden Gate Park and only sixteen blocks from Ocean Beach making it an excellent therapeutic neighborhood allowing for a peaceful recovery. It’s no surprise each veteran quickly embraces the “Fresh Start” House as their home.
Just as a medical professional would not dare treat cancer with a band-aid, the MFSH program is designed to arrest the causes of drug addiction and not just the effects. Therefore, the MSFH is a program that empowers clients for total recovery, restoration, rehabilitation, dignity and personal pride. The uniqueness of the MSFH is its emphasis on total recovery, while treating the whole person, rather than just emphasizing abstinence from drugs.
Alcohol and drug treatment is a cost-effective response to these expensive maladies – saving $7 for every dollar spent, by two analyses. As part of a larger effort to reduce drug and alcohol abuse, treatment can restore lives, revive communities and reduce the growing demand on public programs. In a study conducted by the University of California at Los Angeles, it was estimated in 2001, that some 2.3 million Californians needed treatment for drug or alcohol abuse, 31,806 people were injured, and 1,308 people were killed on California roadways in collisions involving alcohol alone.
Though this study has demonstrated that there has been a 7-to-1 return on treatment funding with the result of reduced crime, enhanced productivity and lower health care costs, the State still allocates more funds for inmates. Proposition 36 dedicated $108 million a year to treat, rather than incarcerate those arrested for drug offenses. In five counties alone, some 12,000 drug abusers were diverted from jails into treatment.
The MFSH philosophy is based on the therapeutic relationship between an individual participant and the group as a whole. While specific attention is given to participants according to their individual needs, the emphasis is on group dynamics. Our programs are designed to prepare men for independent living through evidence-based social model programs where the emphasis is on the process of learning by "experiencing," and by providing positive role models through staff and volunteers.
Veterans are informed of our faith-based initiative at the intake process and may freely choose whether or not to participate in the MFSH program. If applicants choose to enter the MFSH program, they are advised that participation in the faith-based curriculum is voluntary. Applicants that choose not to participate in the MFSH faith-based curriculum will have to complete other work in their personal development program.
At this time, the MFSH seeks to expand its services in order to fill the void of the many suffering Americans who are seeking treatment in places that no longer exist because of lack of funding. Because of the escalation of the drug pandemic affecting all areas of American society, it is now imperative that MFSH expands and duplicate its services to the community of the hopeless.
The Metropolitan Fresh Start House program was founded October 1, 1989, and has grown phenomenally in quality and quantity of services to its clients. Fresh Start is a "self-help" community furnishing 24-hours-a-day / 7-days-week care and supervision in a positive supportive environment. This environment helps to prepare these men to re-enter mainstream society as self-supporting citizens. The Residents will benefit from individual and group therapy, as well as educational and vocational training referrals, all while living in a safe, secure and drug-free home.
The original group of MFSH volunteers believed that no matter what the circumstance, people could change if they could rally the community to work together in concert to provide the love, support and encouragement needed to rebuild the lives of people broken down by life's circumstances.
They also believed that they could make a large dent in the devastation brought on by the proliferation of drugs in their low-income socioeconomic underserved communities. MSFH then collaborated with several other community-based organizations such as Visitacion Valley Job and Employment Training and mental health organizations, detoxification organizations, medical clinics and the Veterans Administration to insure the best possible care for its clients.
The words of Sir. Winston Churchill, “Never has so much been expected of so few,” have been the embodiment of the efforts of the few MFSH volunteers along with the gracious monetary contributions of thousands of Christian individuals, churches and small businesses across the nation which have kept the MSFH doors open through tough times and allowed for growth and expansion of services for over two decades.
Mr. DeVore has been involved in counseling addicts and their families for the past 30 years, he has also worked as Chaplain for the Alameda County Sheriff's Office at Santa Rita Jail for seven years; five of those years he served as Supervising Chaplain. His position involved managing more than 300 volunteers from many different religious faiths to work together as a team to share a general message with the inmates that might cause them to never again return to custody.
As a motivational speaker Mr. DeVore has presented to audiences all over the United States. He has also been a gospel minister for over 45 years, including at the Metropolitan Church of Christ, a church that has received more than 40 awards for gang diffusion and for curbing the dropout rate among high school and middle school students in San Francisco during the 1990s.
Mr. DeVore, along with the members of the Metropolitan Church of Christ, started the Metropolitan Fresh Start House, which is now independent, since October of 1989.
Mr. DeVore grew up in San Francisco where he completed elementary, junior high, and high school before attending City College of San Francisco where he was a track star. He moved to the East Bay where he graduated from the Bay Area School of Religion in 1974, then moved to Southern California, where he worked as the Minister of Evangelism for the Inglewood Church of Christ, then a Pulpit Minister for the West Adams Church of Christ in Los Angeles.
Mr. DeVore has been married for over 49 years, has six children and five grandchildren (and counting). Although his passion is working with people, he returned to his beloved San Francisco in 1988, for one reason: to save lives.
The Metropolitan Church of Christ has now merged with the Bayview Church of Christ in San Francisco where Kinwood DeVore serves as Minister.
Executive Director and Founder
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Although there are many worthwhile community-based organizations that are working to improve the quality of life in inner-city communities, many programs have been forced to drastically reduce services or completely shut down due to government cutbacks; however, in spite of these government cutbacks, the MFSH Board of Trustees, volunteers and concerned individuals, have stepped in to fill the void through fundraising activities. Please support these efforts by donating today.
It's easy to donate online! Metropolitan Fresh Start House is a 501(C)(3) Non-Profit Corporation
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