Chrysalis is the design for our 2020 Partner Organization and recipient Fresh Start Ventures: a REFUGE WHICH NURTURES THE PROCESS OF TRANSFORMATION, INSPIRING HOPE FOR A NEW LIFE. Chrysalis is a protective covering that enables a period of positive growth as it provides a refuge for transformation. As area is limited, it is necessary for the functions of this home to be able to change to the needs of the occupants. The house is easily adaptable to almost any site configuration or solar orientation. This new home will be a place of safety and security for the occupant, providing both shelter and comfort. It will offer resilience and security with respect to energy and water as the building pursues Living Building Certification.
Fresh Start Ventures’ purpose is to empower others to create a new start after incarceration. Fresh Start focuses on enabling individuals to create a successful life emotionally, spiritually, socially, physically, and financially. Fresh Start assists with housing, homeownership, education, employment, and entrepreneurial incubation. They believe that every person deserves a place of shelter; a safe place they can call home. The key to changing one’s life is through healthy human connections. Fresh Start Ventures has created the Mentor Family ADU Program, the first of its kind in the nation.