The Haven's Seasonal Shelter


Submitted 2 years ago
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Mark Travis

The Haven has two shelters that are open year-round—the Hixon House Adult Shelter accommodates 21 individuals and the Byrne House Family Shelter accommodates 8 families.

From November to April, we have a third emergency space that is available to people who are homeless called the Seasonal Shelter. It is staffed by Haven employees and community volunteers. At 5:30 pm each evening, up to 15 cots with blankets and pillows are made available in the café of the Haven’s main building. The space is divided by a moveable wall into two areas, one for men and one for women. Guests have dinner provided through the Listen Center Community Dinner program and additional casseroles and dishes made by Haven volunteers. Access is available to shower facilities, towels, and toiletries. Overnight guests must leave the café by 7:30 am so that the space can be cleaned and converted back into its regular business use.

Since it opened on November 20th this year, the Seasonal Shelter has been busy. The shelter has had 10 or more of its 15 beds occupied on 13 of 26 nights, and so far this season has provided 267 bed nights. (“Bed nights” are defined as the number of occupied beds multiplied by the number of nights the shelter is open.)

Interested in supporting the Seasonal Shelter? Here are some ways you can help:

  • Donate new or gently used twin-sized flat sheets, blankets, pillows, and pillow cases.
  • Additional volunteers are needed to staff the Seasonal Shelter once or twice a week. The shifts are 5:30-9:30 pm or 9:00 pm-12:00 am and training is provided. (Yes, there is an overlap transition time.)
  • Make a financial contribution to the Haven and designate it for the Seasonal Shelter. Funds will be used for staffing, bedding, food, laundry, and other related costs.
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