In 2006, a young mother with a small child was struggling with an asthma attack while walking past the home of Stacia and Pete Glavas. When Pete and Stacia helped them back to their apartment so that she could get her breathing treatment, they saw the horrible conditions in which Julia and her daughter were living. Right then they knew that something significant had happened to them. Stacia began a friendship with Julia that exists to this day. She felt that rather than trying to fix Julia’s problem by giving her everything she needed, she should befriend her, guiding and supporting her as she learned how to live a healthy, self-sufficient life.
With a huge amount of community support, Brevard Rescue Mission was officially founded in 2008, and our first location, Casa Carol opened in 2009 with three retrofitted apartments. Since 2009, nine apartments have been repaired and furnished and have welcomed residents. In 2012, Brevard Rescue Mission was able to purchase the Casa Carol facility, and after a hugely successful Capital Building Campaign the mortgage was paid off in the summer of 2014. As Casa Carol has expanded, the support and enrichment programs have grown to meet the changing needs of our resident families.
Several years later, in 2018, we purchased a five-unit apartment complex DEBT FREE, just two blocks away from Casa Carol! Fondly named “Joy’s Place,” after Fred Sutton’s eldest daughter, this new facility allows us to serve 5 more homeless moms and 12 more children!
In 2019, we will be expanding our Program! The Treehouse will be a group home with 16 beds for women and children. First Baptist Church of Melbourne will own and maintain the home while Brevard Rescue Mission will run the transformational life program.
Our newest expansion is called the Life Transformation Center. Ideally located just south of the intersection of US1 and Eau Gallie Blvd, our new property is only six minutes from our current facilities. With eight existing single-family homes and five commercial buildings facing US1, we will expand our program to serve not only eight additional families, but also open our services to non-resident families. We will be able to provide one-on-one case management and referrals as well as group life skills classes for struggling families – with the goal to help PREVENT them from becoming homeless!