Vision, Mission & Values

Vision: We will create a community where people find hope and discover possibility.

Mission: The Upper Valley Haven is a non-profit, private organization that serves people struggling with poverty by providing food, shelter, education, service coordination, and other support.

The Upper Valley Haven:

•  welcomes all who enter its doors as equals, respecting their dignity and accepting them without judgment
•  encourages those it serves to develop their capacity for independence and self sufficiency
•  seeks the support and participation of the community
•  is thrifty with its resources, generous in its hospitality and accountable to the individuals and organizations that support it

The Haven strives to set the national standard of excellence for addressing homelessness and poverty.

For more than 30 years the Upper Valley Haven has provided temporary shelter and educational programming for homeless families and adults as well as food and clothing to anyone in need.

The Haven has fostered independence through our Shelter Advocacy, Aftercare, Outreach and Education Programs. The Haven is open 365 days per year and never charges for any of its services. We serve over 13,500 people per year.

It is difficult to adequately describe the stress and range of emotions surrounding homelessness and poverty. The same is true of the rewards our donors, staff, and volunteers experience from helping those in need.

In fiscal year 2016* the Haven provided:

  • Shelter for 35 families totaling 113 people (63 children), and for 90 adults (including 1 couple and 11 veterans)
  • Seasonal Shelter for 110 adults (including 2 couples and 18 veterans)
  • Food for 3,888 households with 11,492 members (3,599 of whom were children). There has been food supplied for one household for one week on 15,233 occasions.
  • Community Service Coordination support for 3,949 individuals (for community members, not including shelter guests)

*April 1, 2015 – March 31, 2016

We invite you to explore this website to learn more about who we are and what we do. If you are interested in our work, call or visit to learn more about how you, too, can help to make a difference in our Upper Valley community.

History of the Haven

The Upper Valley Haven was founded in 1980 by five individuals who were clergy and parishioners of St. Paul’s and St. James’ Episcopal Churches in White River Junction and Woodstock, respectively. They saw that the old farmhouse located adjacent to St. Paul’s was for sale, and wanted to turn the run-down, neglected building into a place that could be used as a place for those in need.

Over the next year, the founding group met weekly to pray and discuss their ideas for the Haven. Wanting to be an ecumenical organization, they started to involve members from other churches, including the Methodist, Congregational, and Catholic churches. And on December 14, 1981, the Haven opened its doors to its first guest family, ironically the “Bishops.” Read more…

Haven Leadership

The Upper Valley Haven is led by a group of engaged and supportive board members. Learn more about the leadership at the Haven…

Employment Opportunities

The Upper Valley Haven is dynamic not-for-profit organization that serves individuals and families in the Upper Valley region of Vermont and New Hampshire. We are interested in hearing from individuals who are invested in helping those struggling with homelessness, hunger and poverty. Learn more about Employment opportunities at the Haven…

Community Service Partners

Over the last 31 years, the Haven has built social capital by fostering partnerships with an exceptional number of local and regional organizations. Recently we have taken significant steps forward with partnerships that pool resources and talent so that we can tackle our community’s toughest challenges. Learn more about community service partners…

Founder Society

Established in honor of our five original founders: The Rt. Rev. Roy “Bud” Cederholm, The Rev. Richard Cockrell, Joan Hixon Martin, Scott Ogilby, and Joan B. Williamson who gathered for their first meeting on September 22, 1980. To recognize those who demonstrate exceptional commitment and service to those in need their involvement with the Upper Valley Haven. Read more…

Haven Video

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See our most recent audited financial documents:

UVH Financials       UVH 990


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