Childcare

Childcare volunteers supervise children staying at the Shelter while their parents are taking part in educational programs. Our education staff provide the tools and guidance to help childcare volunteers to engage in developmental play, supporting the cognitive skills of the children. Childcare volunteers take some of the load off parents while they are guests of the shelter. Availability on short notice and an open mind is helpful for this position.

After-School Program

The Haven After-School Program runs Monday through Friday throughout the school year. It is specifically for children and teens who are current or former shelter guests. We provide a safe environment for children to receive homework help and to engage in enriching activities. Volunteers are an essential part of this program, providing homework help one-on-one or in small groups. Volunteers also supervise and participate in games, activities, and special events. We encourage all volunteers who have special interests (piano, art, science, martial arts, cooking, etc.) to share their talents with the kids.

Healthy Eating Program

Food Demonstration volunteers use fresh vegetables that are available every day of the week to create a balanced, nutritional meal. They provide basic culinary and nutrition information to the people we serve. They take stock of what we have, come up with a recipe, make copies, put together bags of ingredients, and start cooking. The focus of this program is to demonstrate how to make a healthy meal using Food Shelf ingredients.

Food Shelf

Food Shelf volunteers greet all who enter our doors. They receive donations, assist visitors through the process of receiving clothing or food, describe our services to a first time visitor, and locate the staff person who can be of the most assistance with a special need. In addition to guiding visitors through the shopping experience, these volunteers keep the Food Shelf area clean, organized and stocked. Food Shelf volunteers must be able to work in a fast paced environment and be on their feet for most of a four hour block of time. As we strive to greet every person who walks through the door with dignity and respect, volunteers must be friendly and compassionate, able to work with all personality types.

Service Coordination

Service Coordination Because of their strong interface with the community, the same Service Coordinators who work with community members also provide aftercare support to guests moving into permanent housing from both the family and adult shelters. The Haven’s Aftercare Program offers ongoing support, advocacy, nurturing, and intervention to interested clients moving from the Haven shelter…

Seasonal Shelter

Seasonal Shelter Our goal is simple and time limited: to provide basic safe shelter for those who need it during cold weather months when our regular Shelters are full. "Something as urgent and basic as a warm place to sleep in these winter months should be a given. The night hours may be long, but…

Food Shelf

Food Shelf Food Shelf Hours:  Monday-Thursday: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm / Friday: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm The Food Shelf provides a week’s supply of healthy groceries once a month (including meat, dairy and produce), and unlimited access to bread and produce to anyone in need. We offer a Healthy Eating Program which addresses food shelf visitors’…

Shelter Programs

Advocacy: The Haven staff help families and adults become financially stable, and secure permanent housing by assessing individual needs and personal goals and providing guidance and resources to be successful. Case Managers help individuals gain access to the most meaningful opportunities, including connecting them to community programs, Vermont Adult Learning (GED) and local schools. There…

Adult Shelter – Hixon House

Hixon House Adult Shelter The Hixon House Adult Shelter for homeless adults without children opened in 2010 thanks to generous community supporters who completed the $2.2 million capital campaign and met the Kresge Challenge. This building, designed by UK Architects and built by Shepard Construction, is a renovation of the original Haven farmhouse, plus new…

Family Shelter – Byrne House

Byrne House Family Shelter The Haven Family Shelter has the capacity to house eight families. The typical stay of a family is two to three months. During this time, parents work closely with their designated Service Coordinator and Shelter Staff to address their family’s goals and needs. Families are connected with state health agencies, other non-profits,…