Although it is hard for many of us to think about the colder months that are ahead, many of the people we serve at the Haven struggle to heat their home in the winter months. Help support this effort by purchasing a raffle ticket to win 100 gallons of heating fuel from Cota and Cota.
Morgan and Kaitlin, two young sisters from Springfield NH, wanted to help those affected by Irene. They have put their jewelry skills to use and are making Vermont (and New Hampshire) shrink art necklaces which they are selling for $5 at Bridgman’s Furniture on the Miracle Mile in West Lebanon, NH. Proceeds benefit the Haven and Granite United Way. Thank you Morgan and Kaitlin!
More than 700 houses were destroyed in Vermont by Tropical Storm Irene. The trauma of this storm has created financial, logistical and emotional chaos for the families and individuals involved.
Allison, a West Hartford woman whose home was flooded, turned to the Haven for support. Her only vehicle was severely damaged by the storm and her home was full of silt & muck. After a conversation with one of our Outreach Case Managers, the Haven gave her the funds to fix her damaged car so that she could at least continue to travel to her work and maintain employment. Additionally, the Haven gave her food, water, clothing, toiletries, and cleaning supplies.
Fiona and Travis, a couple who live in a local trailer park, came to the Haven looking for cleaning supplies, clothes, shoes, food and other basic necessities after the storm. After they spent a week cleaning their home, an inspector declared the trailer a safe place to live. It wasn’t until yesterday that Fiona and Travis realized the inspector did not look beneath the trailer – it was full of mud that was growing mold and bacteria! Travis had already taken considerable time off from work to clean the inside of the trailer and was worried about losing his job, health insurance and the ability to support himself and his wife. He and Fiona came back to the Haven is tears – absent of all hope. After meeting with an Outreach Case Manager at the Haven, they were given more food and cleaning supplies, and a time had been scheduled for Haven volunteers to help them clean the mold from under their home.
The Haven will continue to work with these two families until they are fully back on their feet and settled.
Through our Outreach Program, the Haven has set up a fund specifically to help storm victims such as Allison and Fiona & Travis with various emergency needs. All funds donated go directly to those who have been devastated by the natural disaster.
If you know of anyone whose emergency situation could be made manageable with modest financial help please urge them to call us. Our Case Managers are trained and available all year long to work with people to find solutions in moments of severe challenge and crisis.
To donate food and supplies please stop by the Haven. To donate funds you can send a check, call with a credit card number, or make a contribution online.
Delivering necessities to victims of Irene
The Haven is working in partnership with many area resources to ensure that no one falls through the cracks. Below includes a list of many, but not all of our community activities. In every instance we are partering with others. No work is ever the Haven’s efforts alone.
– We have delivered cleaning supplies to COVER Home Repair and groups in Sharon, VT, to support their cleaning and repair efforts in the community.
– As a standing agent of the Salvation Army, we are helping to distribute extra resources and vouchers for emergency housing needs.
– We are partnering with southeastern and central Vermont community action agencies, SEVCA and CVCAC.
– We delivered cereal, 10 cases of water, 2 cases of cleaning supplies, toiletries, paper good and diapers to people in need in Randolph, VT.
– Our staff continues to deliver gallons of water to Senior Housing in South Royalton.
-We are regularly sending food, bedding, towels and other supplies to Bridgewater and West Woodstock (in partnership with Woodstock’s Hand-In-Hand Community Service).
-Blankets, bedding, detergent and personal care items were delivered to Northfield, VT.
-We delivered food, baby supplies, cleaning supplies and toiletries to Plymouth, VT.
-We continue to bring cleaning supplies regularly to Woodstock.
-We are partnering with the South Royalton Food Shelf to deliver meat each week.
– We sent Outreach staff to Mascoma Bank’s community barbecue in Bethel, VT and West Hartford Library – where Mascoma convened and hosted information exchange sessions for victims – to be a resource for those who are overwhelmed with loss and the recovery process, and to deliver toiletry items and other necessities to those in need.
-The Hartford Chamber and VINS hosted a community dinner where our Community Services Director notified individuals of the services we can provide.
-We sent volunteers to help clean-up efforts in Woodstock and West Hartford, VT.
With natural disaster situations, we are aware that it can take some time for people to assess the damage to their house or belongings, overcome the initial shock, and begin the slow repair and recovery process. Weeks and even months from now needs will still exist. We will continue to collect, store, and deliver supplies so that our community is adequately equipped in the months ahead.
Generosity from the Community
A warm thank you to the Upper Valley community and beyond! The teamwork among communities has been inspiring; we are all partnering in a massive collection effort for those needing resources, and then redistributing to fill the particular needs of each area.
A special thank you to the many organization that have helped the Haven collect resources to deliver to the communities most in need!
–King Arthur Flour, Hypertherm, and DHMC have provided volunteers each day since the storm to help the Haven sort food & clothing as well as deliver items to surrounding towns.
– Students from the Tuck School at Dartmouth College volunteered their time to help sort clothing and distribute food supplies.
– Dartmouth College’s Tucker Foundation has collected food and supplies for us to distribute.
– Alice Peck Day Hospital gave the Haven masks and gloves for people to use for clean-up purposes.
–Dartmouth Outing Club delivered a truck full of food.
–Dartmouth Graduate Students delivered food, toiletries, clothing and more.
–Employees at the Department of Homeland Security in St. Albans collected food, water, towels and clothing. They delivered a full minivan with these items.
–Able Restoration delivered two trucks full of diapers, food items, water, snuggies, slippers and toys.
– Valley Land Trust has donated a beautiful warehouse for the Haven’s use in both sorting and storing donations until they are needed for distribution.
– Teacher Marc Considine from Hazen Union School in Hardwick brought a group of teens and adults to sort clothing all day on Sunday.
– Bellows Free Academy in St. Albans lost in football to Hartford High on Friday night by 21-0 but they are winners in our hearts because they asked Hartford High to bring up an extra school bus that they STUFFED until there was not an empty inch in it. Then Scott Farnsworth and Mike Stone, the Hartford football coach, led a group of parents, students and even younger family members in unloading that bus.
-The Hartford Football team raised more than $3,000 dollars for flood victims at a local football game.
– Prior to the start of school, Hartford High School donated space to us to sort clothing and other donations so that we could efficiently dispense them through our facility at 713 Hartford Ave.
–7th Annual Norwich Antiques Show was organized by Spencer-Julian Antiques and featured dealers from New England and New York, fine country formal antiques. The event benefited the Norwich Historical Society to assist with a window restoration project; and in recognition of the devastation Hurricane Irene left behind in many Upper Valley communities, the Historical Society donated 20% of the ticket sales to the Haven for flood relief.
-On Thursday, September 8 Tupelo hosted a Hurricane Irene Fundraiser in partnership with the Hartford Area Chamber of Commerce. The local Gully Boys band entertained a dancing crowd, and the event raised $2500 for the Haven’s Hurricane Relief Fund.
-Author of Head Case, and a new masterpiece, Beyond Lucky, Sarah Aronson held a benefit book signing on September 9th at the Richard Black Center in Hanover and asked supporters to bring canned food, schools supplies and toiletries for flood victims.
In addition to these groups, more than 100 new volunteers have worked at the Haven in the past two weeks. We are most grateful that some of these volunteers will continue to help and become part of the on-going, and long-term, core of volunteers.
Haven Community Partner Events
Revolution: Tip Top Couture Fashion Extravaganza #19
Mark your calendars, hire your babysitters, and arrange your car pools! Revolution, a high fashion clothing store in White River Junction, is presenting Tip Top Couture Fashion Extravaganza #19 on Sunday, September 18! Admission is $12 and all proceeds benefit the Upper Valley Haven.
A special thanks to the White River Independent Film Festival, who was the original benefiting non-profit organization of the Fashion Extravaganza. In light of the recent flood crisis, WRIF offered to have the event benefit an organization who is directly assisting folks in the Upper Valley who have suffered from damage & loss.
“Good Night Irene”
You’re invited to Salt Hill Pub in Lebanon on Sept. 18, 6-10 p.m., to support their benefit night for victims of Tropical Storm Irene. Featured are three fantastic bands: Dr. Burma, Wherehouse, and The Conniption Fits. There will be a suggested donation and the pub will give a share of the evening’s sales to the Red Cross and the Upper Valley Haven. We hope to see you there! More information….