CAMILLUS HOUSE INC
Rating: 4 stars 4 reviews
Issues: Mental Health, Food, Health, Homeless & Housing
Location: PO Box 011829 Miami FL 33101 USA
Mission: Committed to the teaching of Jesus Christ, Camillus House strives to provide Christian hospitality and respect for life through direct services of food, clothing, shelter, addiction counseling, and health care to the poor and homeless of South Florida.
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My name is R. Andrews and I came to Camillus House in 2009 for the residential drug treatment program because I had a problem with drugs and alcohol. I completed the program and I was able to get permanent housing at Shepherd's Court. Camillus helped me pick myself up, made me feel better about myself. I began to trust myself and others began to trust me. Camillus trusted me when no one else trusted me. They gave me a chance when no one gave me a chance. Today, I feel good about myself and I'm grateful that I am able to enjoy my relationship with my grandson. Doc James, Fred, Wayne, and Elizabeth have been very supportive of me and have always treated me with respect.
I came to Camillus House in 2005 for residential treatment. I was able to get a job after finishing treatment and I learned how to be a productive member of society. I'm still clean and I live in one of the permanent housing programs that Camillus House has. I am grateful for the chance of having met some great staff members. Fred, Elizabeth, Kathy, Ms. B, Sandra and Betty, and Kathy are all good people. Joe was my mentor. They were patient with me and they knew that I had some limitations and they worked with me. To this day, I still see my counselor every week and we still do sessions. She gives me the support and encourages me to do the right thing. They were there for me when my father passed away. That's something that I'll never forget.
I was a client for a long time and I then came in the Courtyard. I received case management from a good case manager who was kind and respectful to me and shared with me that I could benefit from going into another Camillus program. I was referred and I was able to stay there until I got permanent housing in a Camillus House program. I now come to the main campus and volunteer and give back. I make sure that things are clean and organized, the same way it was when I was a client. This organization does a lot of good work. But every now and then you get a few bad apples that want to cause trouble. I thank everyone at Camillus for being kind, supportive, and accepting of me. They are my family.
the workers are absolutely notrocious to us homeless people. this facility has stolen my tax return check and illegally cashed it. this facility has stolen my indentification cards 3 seperate times from the mail room. this facility has banned me from the property since 2010, thats 3 years but made an i.d. card stating im a member since 2010. this facility has took my personal information and made an i.d. with someone else picture, i seen it in their system and the card copied. this facility would not voucher for me to get housing assistance through the maimi hands program in 2009 stating its a clash of their interest. im waiting on disability for 16 months and this facility still refuses to help me recieve any sheltering. the facility director and my former case manager both charged me $50/mo. for a mat to sleep on in 2009, when i had a grave-yard shift job and would not allow me to rest during the day when i was off. this facility has called police on me at least 4 -5 times becouse i tried to retrieve my mail. this facility is a cover up, they just want people to enroll in the drug program so they can make a $15,000 profit per drug client. i do not use drugs and refuse to act like i do for a bed with 2-3 other men in the room. there is no protection for us homeless people becouse this facility is protected by the city of miami. i worked my whole life and have $180,000 of earned income under my social. i worked when i first came to miami in 2008, but this facility is aimed to keeping people on the streets. now i injure myself virtually every night sleeping on concrete, wear the same clothes becouse the other shelters do not have any available, i only eat 1 small meal a day becouse i cant earn an income. CAMILLUS HOUSE IS A FRAUD COMPANY........... I WILL GET MYSELF OFF THE STREETS WITH MY HEART AND GOD, CAMILLUS IS NOT A CHRISTIAN BASED PLACE AT ALL
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the top director of the on-site campus needs to be fired. aswell as all the workers that have been there for many years, all since i been homeless in miami which is from 2008. all these workers are all under the table, dont pay tax. and have hatred for people like myself. im only 34 but i qualify for disability and will recieve it. these under the table workers are in their 60's and still dont qualify.
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