Renovations for the temporary food shelf at 608 N. Main are finished and the space is just about ready for the move, which, as of now, will take place on Thursday, January 4th and Friday, January 5th.  

The Haven will be closed on January 1st for the New Year holiday and will be operating as usual on January 2nd and 3rd from the Byrne building. The food shelf will be closed 1/4-5 for moving, as well as on January 8th and 9th. The grand opening of the temporary food shelf at 608 N. Main will take place on Wednesday, January 10th. Construction on the Byrne building food shelf will start on January 8th. The exterior back entrance and the end of the hall will be closed for an extended period while that takes place. According to our contractor, the food shelf renovations will take between 3-4 months.   

On the two days that the food shelf is closed (1/8-9), we will be conducting volunteer walk-throughs of the new space and refresher trainings. There will be a de-escalation training on Tuesday, January 9th from 1-4, most likely at St. Paul’s. We will be sending out how to sign up for these things soon, as well as more information about the move and what help we will need to make that happen in the upcoming weeks. 

We will be updating this page for the volunteers as we know more and as renovations progress. If you have any questions, thoughts or concerns, please reach out to us at ilorton@uppervalleyhaven.org or fill out an online suggestion form HERE.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

When will the renovations start and when will the temporary food shelf open?

The renovations at 608 N. Main (the temporary food shelf) are finished. The temporary food shelf at 608 N. Main will tentatively open Wednesday, January 10th. The renovations on to the food shelf on campus in the Byrne building will begin on January 8th.

How is the Haven communicating this plan to customers?

We will have signage around the Haven and hand outs for each food shelf order. Website. Social posts. Word of mouth.

How long will the renovations take?

Renovations on our main campus will take an estimated 3-4 months.

What will the setup look like at 608?

There will be a large waiting area, inside, near registration. Customers will register and fill out their order forms inside. The rest of the building will be split east/west with the shopping side in the middle and the backroom at the far end.

Will customers be shopping inside? Hybrid model?

We plan to have customers wait inside but not shop for their orders at 608. Once we return to the main campus we will offer both options (hybrid).

What are the registration plans for over there?

Our Registration Coordinator Morgan will be stationed at 608, along with registration volunteers.

Grab-n-Go food?

Premade, donated food (like wraps, sandwiches, or rotisserie chickens) from places like Hannafords will be available on the daily food shelf list. The reduced-number of sandwiches and sides that are made in the cafe will be given to non-food shelf customers who come to the Byrne building for service coordination.

What about Café food?

Café food cooking/making will remain at the main campus in the Byrne building. We will not have sandwiches or prepared food at 608. We are not permitted to have people eat on site or to prepare food there. We will continue to have hot lunches made in the cafe at Byrne, though on a smaller scale to start.

What's the parking situation at 608 N. Main? For customers and volunteers and staff? Will there be a shuttle?

We are still working this out, but volunteers and customers will be able to park at 608. Staff most likely will need to be shuttled over.

Will there be any waiting areas/shelters over there?

Just in the lobby.

What is the bus situation at 608 N. Main?

Currently there will be no changes to the bus schedule or stops. The closest stop to 608 is at the Bugbee Senior Center.

608 N. Main Street – TEMPORARY FOOD SHELF

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608 N. Main Food Shelf Draft Plan

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Proposed Food Shelf Renovations Byrne Building Draft