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Giving and Receiving

Stan and Lori

The Haven’s Turkey Day is one of the most wonderful days of the year Visitor or volunteer, Turkey Day is a universally loved event at the Upper Valley Haven. Held annually since 2010, it takes place from 9 a.m. to noon on the Saturday before Thanksgiving. […]

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Enduring Mission

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The Journey from Religious to Secular Organization The Haven was founded by five Christian churches in 1981. Its religious underpinnings were apparent in many aspects of early Haven life, both symbolic and operational. Meetings of the Board began with a […]

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Changing and Evolving

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Executive Director Sara Kobylenski oversaw tremendous growth Sara Kobylenski, the Haven’s first Executive Director, led the organization from 2009 to 2018—and a lot happened in those nine years. For starters, the staff expanded from nine to 48 and the budget […]

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A Guided Pathway


Supportive Housing helps people meet their goals Each year, the Haven helps many people who have experienced chronic homelessness find housing. That’s great. But can they stay housed? What if they have trouble holding down a job or have never […]

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Nutrition to Go


Through food programs, the Haven meets people where they are Not all the Haven’s food programs happen on the Hartford Avenue campus in White River Junction. Over the years, relationships and partnerships have brought food to people in the community […]

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Everything Grows


The Haven’s campus provides an oasis of nourishment, healing, and hope When the Byrne Community House and Family Shelter opened in 2005, the beautiful new building was surrounded by mounds of dirt left behind by the construction crew’s backhoes. Over […]

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