On June 24, 2010 the Haven opened its doors to homeless adults with out children.
When the Haven first began 30 years ago, both families and single adults shared space in the four guest bedrooms of the old farmhouse on the bluff above the Connecticut River. Over time, shelter demands became so great that the Haven was only able to accommodate families with children; gradually those without children were short this valuable resource. When the Haven opened their main building on the campus in 2004, it was specifically designed for eight families at a time and to accommodate the community Food Shelf and Clothing Room. The dream for another shelter for those without children was burning strong among Upper Valley citizens, however. While the Haven began the search for a place for such a shelter, another group created the 10 Bricks Cold Weather Program at Tri-County Community Action Council to provide emergency shelter in the months of worst weather. For six winters 10 Bricks staff, Board and other volunteers have carried out the mission of protecting the most vulnerable while waiting for this new shelter to become a reality. Now 10 Bricks has retired their program, entrusting their knowledge and wisdom to Haven staff as we begin the year round provision of shelter services for adults on the very site where the farmhouse stood. This new building, designed by UK Architects and built by Shepard Construction, is a renovation of the Hixon House addition to the farmhouse, plus new LEED energy efficient construction. With ten bedrooms for twenty guests, offices for staff, and welcoming public spaces, the new Adult Shelter will allow the Haven to offer support and services to adults and couples needing to move forward in life.
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.