Terri was married for ten years. She and her husband had slipped into a pattern of drinking each day before and after work, and on weekends. Alcohol became their top priority. They got paid on Thursdays, and by Monday, they had spent most of their paychecks on their addiction. Then they would borrow from friends or family, pay the money back when they received their next checks, then spend it all, and start the cycle all over again.
Throughout the year, Haven garden volunteers work behind the scenes to support the Haven grounds and gardens as well as our Food Shelf customers. Right now, a volunteer group led by master gardener Jane Metcalf is busy preparing Garden Grow Kits with seed packets that were donated to the gardening program.
A little help goes a long way. That’s the underlying belief and message of the Tipping Points Grants program run by Partners for Community Wellness at Dartmouth-Hitchcock.
A group of graduate students from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth is helping to strengthen programs and services at the Haven. Led by Tuck Adjunct Professor Nan Stone as part of her class on managing for social impact, students have been reviewing the Children’s Services program at the Haven.
Take a few moments to consider this: what would your life be like without a car?
Imagine your weekday and weekend routines, and how your life would be different if you did not have a vehicle. People in poverty face these questions on a daily basis.
Thank you. As a community, you have continued to step up again and again, year after year, to help people living in poverty in the Upper Valley. We’re grateful for your food and cash donations, volunteer hours, attendance at events, responses to special drives like for winter coats and blankets, and throughout it all, the energy and caring you demonstrate.
The last Wednesday of January every year is the 24-hour period in which the federal Housing and Urban Affairs Department (HUD) requires local communities to find and count all those people who are homeless.
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.