The Haven Through 40 Years

The Haven will commemorate its four decades of service to the region by releasing 40 stories of people, events, ideas, and services fundamental to our mission. We will be releasing these stories weekly, so check back often! Click on a tile to learn more.


In the Beginning
The Founding of the Upper Valley Haven


Adding It Up
Annual Homeless Point-in-Time Count


First Things First
Providing Shelter was the Haven’s “Founding Principle”


Community Spirit
19 Days and the Power of “Keeping It Local”


Strengths-Based Approach
Haven Works with Guests Using Trauma-Informed Care


Finding New Purpose
Former Guest Sean Becomes Homelessness Spokesperson


Force of Nature
“Haven Magic” is the Collective Power of Community


Creativity Abounds
The Haven Adapts to COVID-19 Challenges


Penny Power
A Grateful Haven Benefits From Pennies for Change Program


A Love Story
Paul and Mary Feeney—and The Haven


May All Be Fed
The Food Shelf is Open—52 Weeks a Year—to Everyone


Making It Work
Hundreds of Volunteers Ensure Haven is Of and For the Community


A Growing Experience
Suzanne Stofflet’s Many Different Roles Over Three Decades


Courage and Resiliency
Against All Odds, Guests and Visitors Keep Rising to the Challenge


Collaborating on Care
Partnerships With Local Organizations Amplify Community Impact


A Survivor’s Tale
The Privilege of Walking With Rose


A Community Foundation
Dorothy and Jack Byrne


Housing is a Right
Tom and the Principle of Housing First


The Right Stuff
Tom Ketteridge Steps Up as First Managing Director in 2000


Expanding Services
Hixon House Adult Shelter Opened Its Doors in June 2010


Hope, Faith, and Love
Bishop Roy “Bud” Cederholm


Fresh Start
Corey Finds Sobriety, Stability, and Skills to Build a New Life


Building Skills
The Children’s Program lets kids learn while having fun


Out of Crisis, Progress 
Heated debate produces concrete outcomes for those experiencing homelessness


Dignity and Respect
Staff live the Haven’s values, starting right at the front door


Return on Investment
How $52 built the Byrne Community House and Family Shelter


Giving Meaning

Donors reflect on why they choose to support the Haven


Quiet Signature

Service coordination helps guests and visitors navigate a new path forward


Corporate Citizens

Area organizations help others and build community by volunteering as a group


Irene’s Aftermath

The 2011 tropical storm, while calamitous, left lasting positive legacies


Everything Grows

The Haven’s campus provides an oasis of nourishment, healing, and hope


Nutrition to Go

Through food programs, the Haven meets people where they are


A Guided Pathway

Supportive Housing helps people meet their goals are


Changing and Evolving

Executive Director Sara Kobylenski oversaw tremendous growth


Passing it On

Thanks to support from the Haven, a client is starting a new chapter in life


Enduring Mission

The Journey from Religious to Secular Organization


Giving & Receiving

The Haven’s Turkey Day is one of the most wonderful days of the year


Gaining More than I Give, Serving on the Haven Board of Directors
Merritt Pattridge, past Haven Board President


The Haven Through 40 Years – Advocacy
More Than Service


The Haven – Finding Hope and Discovering Possibility in 40 Stories