Children and staff in the Haven’s After-School Program are excited about a new collaboration that began this month with the Hulbert Outdoor Center in Fairlee, Vermont and its InspiringKids program.
They are community-minded. They are generous. Founded 220 years ago in Boston, they have since grown into the nation’s premier baking resource, based right here in the Upper Valley. King Arthur Flour is located about 3 ½ miles down Route 5 from our campus, a proximity that has contributed to the strength of their partnership with the Haven.
If you spend any time at the Hixon House Adult Shelter this month, you’re likely to run into Ray, an older gentleman who looks like someone’s beloved grandpa, which he is.
The children in the Haven’s After-School Program have been asking – daily – since the beginning of December, “WHEN is the party?”
It never ceases to amaze us how community members continue to find unique ways to give to the Haven. Some donate money or food. Some volunteer their time. Others respond to special drives for school supplies or warm winter clothing. We also have volunteers who come to the Haven to share a special skill that will benefit others.
Last week, five people graduated from the Haven’s first-ever “Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin’-By World” course in Claremont.
The Haven has two shelters that are open year-round—the Hixon House Adult Shelter accommodates 21 individuals and the Byrne House Family Shelter accommodates 8 families. From November to April, we have a third emergency space that is available to people who are homeless called the Seasonal Shelter. It is staffed by Haven employees and community volunteers.
For most of us, winter brings thoughts of holidays, gifts, and good cheer. Unfortunately, too many of our neighbors in the Upper Valley see winter as time when the cold is against them, food is in short supply, and the ability to stay warm is a daily challenge.
Ginny and her two children, ages five and eight, moved out of the Haven’s Byrne Family Shelter in early November after a two-month stay. Now, Ginny is renting a two-bedroom unit in an apartment complex that she researched and decided would be ideal for her family. This is just one of the near-term goals Ginny set for herself and accomplished this fall.
At the end of October, the Haven made some significant changes to the way it operates its Food Shelf.
This week, in collaboration with Dartmouth-Hitchcock, the Haven is opening a new, small scale food shelf. It is located at DHMC’s Perinatal Addiction Treatment Program (PATP) on Mechanic Street in Lebanon, and will be available to anyone participating in the PATP or the outpatient addiction treatment program that is housed in the same office.
Last week, Jane Lemire and her husband Ray dropped off 430 pounds of food—about $800 worth—at the Haven.