Fresh Start has halted the work to submit an application on the 2400 Block site due to grant delays and economic evaluations regarding financing.
Fresh Start Recovery (Fresh Start) continues to look for sites for a recovery community initiative (Gratitude Manor) within communities including Mount Pleasant. Fresh Start wishes to continue building a relationship with residents of Mount Pleasant where all engagement is heard and considered as a positive experience. Our communities NEED transitional housing supports like the one proposed at the 2400 Block site. Transitional housing is a component of a healthy and inclusive community. We encourage you to consider your own families, friends co-workers, and neighbors when contemplating what community means. Sometimes all an individual needs is a Fresh Start.
We will continue to explore options for the development of a recovery community initiative. Providing an environment that will be home to men and women (and families) who have committed to their recovery program and desire to be part of a larger community.
We recognize that the previous engagement and communications for the 2400 Block were not adequate for stakeholders and have heard and weighed their engagement. We withdrew the previous Development Permit (DP) application in consideration of community feedback due to inadequate engagement. When the application was withdrawn, we received many letters from stakeholders expressing disappointment that Fresh Start had pulled out and that they would have welcomed Fresh Start into the community. This confirms the need for such a project.
As a result, any initiative that we choose to move forward with will be accompanied by a comprehensive engagement strategy led by an engagement specialist. Fresh Start will conduct engagement for any future application for development with transparency, certainty, and integrity being at the forefront.