Where People Find Hope and Discover Possibility

The Upper Valley Haven is a private nonprofit that provides support and assistance to community members struggling with poverty in Vermont and New Hampshire. We meet people where they are, address immediate needs through food and shelter, and offer longer-term solutions that foster independence and housing stability. Everyone deserves to have their basic needs met and a community is stronger when we offer a hand up to our most vulnerable neighbors.
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Explore our blog for insightful articles, stories about the people we serve, and ideas that inspire action on the topics you care about.
Homeless Count Reflects a Sobering Reality – Valley News 6/29/24

Letter to the Editor from Haven Executive Director Michael Redmond For the Valley News, Saturday, June 29, 2024 The recent heat wave and the resultant health risks for broad sectors of the population have been on the minds of many. […]

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Jim & Suzy’s Path to a New Beginning

Jim & Suzy’s Path to a New Beginning Jim and Suzy found themselves in a challenging situation when their landlord sold their building to new owners who demanded higher rent. With Suzy recovering from a hip injury, Jim having mobility […]

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Upper Valley Winter Shelters Kept Dozens Warm and Dry: Valley News

Valley News – Upper Valley winter shelters kept dozens warm and dry LEBANON — Organizers of two new emergency shelters, which kept dozens of Upper Valley residents off the streets this winter, are reflecting on the season and sorting out […]

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Nothing would be possible without the support of our community and for that we are eternally grateful. At The Haven over 70% of our operating budget comes from private companies and individual donations. Using your gift carefully is how we honor our donors. We couldn’t do our important work without you, thank you!
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With the passing of universal school meals in Vermont back on June 17th, children in Vermont have access to at least two meals a day during the school year, but what happens in the summer? And what about families right across the river in New Hampshire?

A recent article in the @vnewsuv by Liz Sauchelli looked into these questions and reports on the status of food for Upper Valley children over the summer. The Haven’s Director of Food Programs and Finance, Jennifer Fontaine, is quoted in the story, which also describes our food services and recent trends.

Organizations like the @hartford_community_coalition and the @nh_food_bank are delivering to food sites across the Upper Valley. Hartford High School and the White River School are “open sites” for breakfast and lunch, while the White River Valley Supervisory Union is creating take-home kits with a week’s worth of food. Unfortunately, the Mascoma, Plainfield, and Cornish school districts do not meet requirements to be “open site” summer meal program hosts, leaving families to seek out food at private organizations.

The Upper Valley Haven has seen an increase in the average number of households visiting per day this summer, and there has been an increase in requests for snacks for kids. Fontaine is quoted in the article saying, “There’s been great strides in works on food security but there’s still many more steps to go,” Fontaine said. “I think summer meals are a piece of that. We need more communities offering summer meals.”

Read more at https://www.vnews.com/Summer-meal-programs-address-food-insecurity-55835218
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Thank you to Bio X Cell and its BioFund for their continued support of The Haven`s Children`s Program. Summer Camp is going swimmingly!

https://uat.bioxcell.com/bioxcell-fund-fueling-fun/
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Please join staff from @sensanders Vermont Senate Office at the Upper Valley Haven, Thursday July 18th from 11am-12:30pm. Staff will be available to community members during that time to discuss issues the Senator is working on in Congress, hear from community members on what they hope to see the Senator work on in Congress, and discuss other issues they would like Senator Sanders to be aware of. There will also be constituent services staff available for anyone seeking assistance with a federal agency.

We hope to see you there!

Please note, Senator Sanders will not be in attendance. It will be his staff only.
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We have $2,303.41 and 7 hours to go to achieve our $40k Haven Day of Giving goal. Contribute to our Community Service Coordinators and support the vital work they do in furthering The Haven`s mission of, "Helping to create a community where people find hope and discover possibility." Link in bio. ...

Many of our neighbors are experiencing homelessness, food insecurity, lack of childcare, or insufficient wages in the Upper Valley. You can turn their crises into opportunities through Community Service Coordination—often called the quiet signature of our work at the Haven. Community Service Coordinators put your gift to work every day as we provide judgment-free, one-on-one assessment, outreach, case management, budgeting, employment support, and referral services. On this Day of Giving think about our struggling neighbors and make a special gift today.

DONATE HERE:
https://uppervalleyhaven.org/haven-day-giving/
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The Upper Valley Haven’s plan to construct a 20-bed shelter at 608 N. Main Street was re-approved by the Hartford Planning Commission at the June 24th meeting! Though the project got the go-ahead back in December, we also learned at that time that we would need to undertake a significant effort to stabilize the hillside on the property. The Haven decided that we would have better programming and an easier time throughout the construction process if we built a new building rather than renovating the existing building.

Haven Executive Director Michael Redmond says of the project, "And while we know that only housing will end homelessness, we also realize that sometimes interim solutions are needed. We are very happy that the Hartford Planning Commission has approved our project to develop a new building on the site of the old 25,000 Gifts location that will add 20 drop-in shelter beds available to anyone in need. This new project will also include a resource center where Haven service coordinators will work with shelter guests and community members to help them secure permanent housing and address other challenges and barriers to achieving their near term and longer term goals. This space will be available as a cooling station in the summer and a place to come out of the cold in the winter."

Now begins the process of fundraising and finalizing the construction plans!
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Amy started at The Haven back in November 2023.

Amy provides case management to unhoused families, some who live in the Byrne Family Shelter and some in other temporary housing situations, helping them to obtain stable, permanent housing. For housed, at-risk families, Amy helps them to retain tenancy and collaborates with partnering service agencies to help my clients access needed care and resources.

“There are two things I love about my work. One is being able to hear someone, in the worst of times, say, ‘My children are my world, and I am going to keep moving forward for them,’ or, ‘I’m not willing to give up,’ or, ‘I continue to have faith that I will find a home soon.’ Hearing such sentiments from people, despite their burden of trauma and hardship, is a humbling and inspiring experience, and it reminds me to believe in, and appreciate the small miracles life offers. I also love working with a team that shares my passion to serve, support, empower and heal our community by advocating for vulnerable populations and to actively reduce the stigma and isolation associated with homelessness, poverty, and addiction.

“I will always promote a Housing First approach to care because without adequate shelter, a person`s basic needs for survival cannot be met. It is an honor and privilege to be included in the work of the Haven`s mission.”

https://endhomelessness.org/resource/housing-first/?bblinkid=277971318&bbemailid=53517925&bbejrid=-1315783754
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