Support the Haven Far Into the Future Without Affecting Your Assets During Your Lifetime
As we prepare for the Upper Valley Haven’s future, we invite donors to consider planned gifts as a way of preserving Paul and Mary Feeney’s extraordinary legacy and life work. With a growing enrollment, The Feeney Legacy Circle helps ensure our ability build hope for generations to come.
Learn More About the Feeneys and Their Haven Legacy
In 1983, Mary and Paul Feeney moved to the Upper Valley to become the live-in host couple at the Haven family shelter. They replaced Donna and Korty Church, who had spent two years in that role—the typical turnover for resident shelter directors. Mary and Paul, however, were anything but typical. They spent the next 23 years guiding hundreds of individuals from despair to hope, with a mix of authentic welcome, minestrone soup, faith, connections to jobs and resources, and tough love. They did this while raising two children in a tiny apartment attached to the shelter, where they were on duty 24 hours a day.
Any asset can be included in a bequest (through a living will or trust) to ensure that your estate will help support a cause that is consistent with your beliefs and values. Making a bequest reduces estate taxes, eliminates capital gains taxes, and benefits the Haven.
Otherwise, please refer to this sample Bequest language: “I give and bequeath _______ dollars, or _____ percent of the residue of my estate, to Upper Valley Haven, Inc. (or any successor corporation), with principal offices located in White River Junction, Vermont, to be used for its general purposes.”:
As always, we recommend consulting with an estate planning attorney to make sure your wishes are properly formalized.