The Upper Valley Haven Announces New Director of Shelter & Clinical Services


[PRESS RELEASE] Upper Valley Haven Announces New Director of Shelter & Clinical Services



April 2022  

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The Upper Valley Haven welcomed J. Cherry Sullivan as the new Director of Shelter & Clinical Services of the private, nonprofit organization this month. Cherry is an experienced public health professional and devoted advocate for services that support marginalized populations. At the Haven she will lead the teams that provide shelter, supportive housing case management, community outreach and children’s services.    


Cherry joins the Haven after twenty years of public health work and most recently from the City of Northampton, MA Health Department where she led a county-wide coalition dedicated opioid overdose prevention for the past seven years. She comes to the Haven with valuable experience in strategic planning, program development and implementation, partnership development, health equity, and addressing stigma. 


Haven Executive Director, Michael Redmond, stated, “We are thrilled that Cherry is joining the Haven team. She is a visionary nonprofit leader who is committed to supporting the goals of marginalized and vulnerable people. And she gets things done. Wherever she has worked, she has exhibited a unique capacity to bring divergent communities together for a common good.”  


“I’m excited to join the team of dedicated staff, volunteers, and supporters of the Haven. This is an amazing opportunity to be involved in my local community and to build off the good work happening here. My past experience has shown me the value of strong community and inter-agency relationships in tackling challenging public health concerns,” stated Cherry. 


The Upper Valley Haven is a private nonprofit organization with a budget of $3.7 million and nearly 50 staff.  With the support of the Upper Valley community for over 40 years, the Haven supports people who are housing or food insecure through its temporary shelters, supportive housing, children’s programs, and community outreach support.  The Haven operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and never charges for any services. The Upper Valley Haven serves more than 14,000 people annually.   


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