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.
Two weeks. It took me at least two weeks to believe I had finally landed in a safe place.
In our June e-newsletter, we shared that the Haven would be serving as the facilitator of a new series of learning sessions on “trauma-informed” care, designed for staff across Vermont who work in shelters for people who are homeless.
We are grateful for the community’s many contributions to Hunger Action Month in September! You got involved in so many ways—by organizing food drives to benefit people using our Food Shelf, giving to the Virtual Food Drive on our website, reading our Facebook posts, spreading the word among your family and friends, and participating in the nationwide selfie campaign.
The Haven offers a range of optional programs and educational opportunities for people living in our adult and family shelters and those we work with in the community through service coordination. Program participation varies according to each person’s needs, goals, background, schedule, and interests. One of our programs, Rental 101, is so relevant for the population we serve that it is mandatory for all guests staying in our shelters.
Welcoming all community members, volunteers, and friends of the Haven! Join us at the Haven on Sunday, November 13th from 2:00-4:00 pm for an open house celebration with renowned artist Sabra Field, creator of the Haven’s new logo.