Last month, a small group of women who have histories of trauma completed two afternoon sessions at MoonRise Farm as part of a therapeutic equine program.
Her bus ticket is purchased and her bag is packed. Tonight, Terri will leave the Hixon House Adult Shelter at the Haven to return to Florida and her job as assistant manager on a farm.
In honor of VT Gives, Vermont’s first-ever statewide day of giving, TransCanada made a $5,000 donation to the Upper Valley Haven.
“Attending the Haven’s ‘Getting Ahead’ class gave me a place I needed to be—a focus—when I really needed one. At first, I was just showing up. Then I began to get involved and do the work.”
“Our ability to fulfill provide nutrition and not just calories to people with food insecurity in the Upper Valley depends deeply on our food resource partners. We celebrate Willing Hands as a vital partner in this mission”, says Executive Director Sara Kobylenski. “Willing Hands is a crucial part of the food system in the Upper Valley and a valued community partner of the Haven.”
Exciting program plans are underway! We are working to strengthen some of our existing food programs and explore new ways of serving those who live in food insecure households in the Upper Valley.
They make fleece blankets for Seasonal Shelter guests. They put together welcome bags for children staying in the Haven shelter… Who are these Haven superheroes?
Last month, after 3 years of homelessness, Ethan moved into his new apartment. Renee Weeks, the Haven’s Director of Shelter & Clinical Services, drove him there and helped unload a few belongings that he brought with him.
This month we sat down with Director of Shelter & Clinical Services Renee Weeks to learn more about her role at The Upper Valley Haven.
“I was really struggling when Nancy at the Haven told me a bed had opened up in the Hixon House Adult Shelter. This was my chance to finally get the help I needed and get my life back.”
At age 3, Wesley Stocken became involved in volunteer service when his family made peppermint ice cream for cancer patients. The Stocken family wanted something they could do together (with boys ages 3, 8, and 9) that would make a difference.
For the past three years during the holidays, Laura Di Piazza has donated her expertise as a calligrapher and created special ornaments for guests living in the Haven’s shelters.