CHRISTMAS GREETINGS FROM HAVEN HOUSE

Christmas Greetings from
Haven House Transitional Living Center
for people transitioning from homeless to a home of their own.
HAVEN HOUSE FAMILIES, VOLUNTEERS AND STAFF
WISH YOU ALL A BLESSED CHRISTMAS!
MAY THE JOY OF THE SEASON GROW WITHIN YOUR HEART
THROUGHOUT THE NEW YEAR!
What if Jesus had been born in a shed behind a gas station in Olathe? Would it have made the news? “Poor homeless woman gives birth to baby in a shed behind the gas station.” First to arrive would be the city police to see if EMS was needed. Then a reporter and photographer from the Daily Press would arrive to document the sad conditions. Next Social Services would come to assess the situation and try to take the baby away from the obviously unfit parents.
           And she brought forth her first born son and wrapped him up in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger: because there was no room for them in the inn. ~ Luke 2:7
What an event that would have been! Everyone would have had an opinion, a judgment, a criticism of these terrible unfit parents. Baby Jesus came in the back door of the world, unnoticed except by a very few. He was not acknowledged in any way but by the poor shepherds and the odd kings from distant lands who knew in their hearts that something marvelous had occurred. What a surprising, unexpected event that would have been.
And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in the manger. ~ Luke 2:16
God the Father wanted it to happen in exactly that way. He planned this event long ago and it was foretold in the Old Testament. The prophets had also foretold that a vulnerable child king would bring Good News to the whole world.
Jesus came for us all – just as we are right now; to make a difference as he did and continues to do through us today. He came to meet our every need and to bring salvation.
It is all up to us what we do with this Good News isn’t it?
Haven House is a faith based non-profit group serving the needs of the homeless families in Delta, Montrose, Ouray and San Miguel counties. We feed the physical, mental and spiritual needs and help return families to self-sustaining living. We accomplish this with God’s grace and your kind generosity.
Since opening our doors in April 2011 we have provided
over 40,000 shelter nights to families.
Your FINANCIAL SUPPORT is needed to help us continue this ministry, as the need and families residing at Haven House has increased. This year, consider blessing the hearts of a homeless family at the same time you enjoy the blessing of your home and all of your family within it.

Haven House Kids Saved My Christmas!

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Last week when arriving at Haven House to serve as a tutor for Whiz Kids, I saw the room more crowded than usual.  I asked what’s going on. The other tutor told me two more families had moved in this week and that brought about five kids to our group. It was a crowded room and generally, Whiz Kids activities can get pretty noisy so I anticipated a good headache by the time we were done. In reality, all of the kids were amazingly subdued. Each kid had three crafts to do, then a nice little buffet of crackers, salami, grapes and celery with ranch dressing. The line for having seconds grew fast. The fruit punch had strawberry sherbet in it and that made everyone really excited. After the snack, each kid was given three gifts: a pair of gloves, a small rubber ball and a tin piggy bank, all from the dollar store. The kids were delighted. The finale was two homemade cookies to decorate for their parents. Out came the frosting, the sprinkles and colored sugar.

When it was all finished, we all gathered with some parents joining us, into a big circle holding hands to pray. With approximately 40 people, this could have taken longer than the attention span of the kids. But to my surprise, as the prayers started around the circle the kids stayed quiet and waited their turn, giving thanks for the group, the fun, the tutors and Haven House itself. The prayer of the last kid struck my heart with his simple words, “I sure love you Jesus and thanks for this place.”

It suddenly dawned on me that each kid living there now had more provisions than Jesus did the night he was born and some figured it came from Jesus. Even though their homelessness won’t last forever, while they are in it, their hearts are tender and intuitive. As one of the new kids was leaving with his arms full of his bounty, he shouted to the leader, “Thanks for Whiz Kids!”

This bit of reality was what I needed to see the full meaning of the Christmas miracle. It has somehow escaped me until I put myself in the shoes of the homeless families.

Whiz Kids Volunteer

HAVEN HOUSE PLANS FOR YOUTH SUCCESS- JOIN US!

P1030667“Studies have shown that less than 25% of children raised in a homeless environment graduate from high school. As a result they are at a high risk of perpetuating the cycle of homelessness and poverty they were born into.

To give the Haven House children a better chance, we are building on the success of Whiz Kids (click link below for recent news) and implementing a more comprehensive child development program. The currently formed Youth Group is part of that effort. A goal of the Youth Group is to get the teens involved in constructive and educational activities.”

The next step is to organize tutors that will work with the older children on their school studies. If you have experience with tutoring or just a strong desire to help young people succeed, give us a call. Larry can give you all the details. 970-626-5677.

 

WHIZ KIDS ARTICLE- WATCH NEWSPAPER 2013  – 2 page report. Scroll down.