Safe & Warm

Clare came to the Haven in the bitter cold — homeless — carrying her infant son and everything she owned. She had almost nothing; and no time, space or focus to put her life back together. At the Haven she could breathe again knowing she had a roof over her son’s head, and a place to call HOME.

Sheltered Gems

Often, when a homeless person comes into The Upper Valley Haven, he or she comes with the clothes they are wearing and possibly a few personal things. This winter, a young boy brought along a seemingly insignificant item. But, in a setting of safety and sharing, it was discovered that he actually had something extremely precious. Read on to see just how priceless it was….

Housing and Education: Putting the Pieces Together

The first in a series of papers demonstrating the value of affordable housing for people and communities across the State of Vermont. Every morning, in schools across Vermont, students arrive—eager to learn, perhaps, but unable to engage fully in the day’s lessons because they’re exhausted from having slept in the family car the night before, or hungry, because their parents didn’t have enough money left over for food after paying the rent. Or they’re late arriving because the only affordable housing they could find is outside the district where they began the year, and it’s a long trip even in ideal weather.


Last month we shared with you our experiences with people who are visible at busy public places, holding signs asking for work or food or money. Interestingly, Jim Kenyon wrote about his encounter with one such man, telling much the same story that we had attempted to convey. There are others, however, who are largely…