“The summer program at the Haven gives my kids the opportunity to experience so many new and different things that we would not be able to afford to do on our own.” – Parent and former Byrne House Shelter Guest
One in 45 children experience homelessness in America each year. That’s over 1.6 million children. The stress and trauma that homeless children endure is sobering. At the Haven we work hard to provide opportunities for learning and discovery to children who would not otherwise have these enriching experiences. During the school year, children participate in the five-days-per-week Afterschool Program, which focuses on homework, healthy living, arts, music and enrichment activities. In the summer, they enjoy unique experiences that are invaluable for growth and learning.
Summer field trips have included:
- Montshire Museum of Science
- Vermont Institute of Natural Sciences
- Storrs Pond
- The ECHO Center in Burlington
- Silver Lake
- Quechee Gorge
- Humane Society
- Hiking and mountain climbing
- Apple and berry picking
- Ocean trip
- Canoe trip down the Connecticut River
- Climbing wall at the River Valley Club
- Rock climbing in Lyme, NH
Thanks to the generosity of donors and local organizations, children have also enjoyed opportunities such as day and overnight camps through AVA Gallery, Montshire Museum, Northern Stage, League of NH Craftsmen, VINS Summer Camp, Camp Horizon, Camp Kaleidoscope, Hartford Recreation Department, Therapeutic Riding at MoonRise Farm, and varied activities onsite designed to promote creativity and physical activity.
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.