Every day at the Haven, we see examples of kindness and selfless giving from community members, donors, staff, service recipients, children, or others on our campus and in our work. This generosity extends to our shelter guests, many of whom express their eagerness to volunteer or support the Haven in the future to repay what has been given to them. Some even start giving back while they are still staying with us.
Take the example of Danielle and Jesse, two guests currently living in our Hixon House Adult Shelter. Both are volunteering in the Haven’s Food Shelf as “floaters” and are dedicated workers and true assets. When regularly scheduled volunteers can’t make it or a large donation comes in and we need extra help, Lori Lounsbury, the Haven’s Food Shelf Coordinator, calls on Danielle and Jesse to help out. This has proven to be just the solution Lori needs. When they are not helping in the Food Shelf, Danielle is working at a new part-time job in the community. Jesse continues with his job search, though it is impacted by a major surgery that will occur in the next few months, which will affect his mobility. In the meantime, he cooks several meals a week for the twenty guests in Hixon House and helps out at Haven events like Turkey Day and a recent donor reception.
Lori is perhaps more grateful than anyone for Danielle and Jesse’s help. “It is heartwarming to watch Danielle and Jesse helping shoppers in the Food Shelf. The warm smiles they share and their enthusiasm to help others just permeates the atmosphere in the Food Shelf. It is an honor to be working with them.”
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.