Altrusa of Montrose brings makeover to every family!

All of the suites at Haven House received makeovers from the generous people of Altrusa Montrose. They provided new bedding, curtains, towels and rugs to bring a new “homey” feel to the families living there. It was a wonderful day of hard work, fun and blessings from these lovely people. Thank you so much!

Altrusa of Montrose, Altrusa of Delta, Heirlooms for Hospice and the Colorado Lions Club and contributed to the wonderful makeovers!

It is hard to express just how much the makeovers meant to the families at Haven House, but this smile certainly says a lot!

All the beds and the private baths received new items. The Participants of the Haven House program were over-joyed.

Parents have adjoining bedrooms to their kids room separated by a private bath for the family.

Sprucing up a bathroom for a family.

 

Thanks for Coming…What a night it was!

If you missed attending the May 6th Open House Birthday Celebration, you missed a wonderful event. The Participants living at Haven House worked very hard and put on a beautiful and delicious dinner.  The children diligently served the dinner, taking your order for salad dressing, regular or gluten free pasta, vegetarian or meat sauce and your drink choice. What a treat it was! Desert allowed another choice of chocolate or spice cake and the kids were on it to get your order right.

The many guests that were able to attend were inspired by the brave women who told their stories of how life brought them to Haven House. Guests came away with a new point of view regarding our programs that restore families to independent living. This night allowed them to understand just how important their support is to Haven House.

Please take a minute to revisit that evening through the photos and videos we have posted. Then consider making a reoccurring monthly donation of any amount to keep the success stories happening. God Bless you and thank you for your interest.

 

Happy Easter -Lives Being Renewed

 

            

    

Easter is a joyful time!  Relive the resurrection of Jesus in your life.  Just as He has spread His love and peace to mankind so should we.  With His death, we have been redeemed and with His resurrection, we are promised eternal life. Alleluia! Alleluia! Christ has risen!     

        As you prepare for Easter season, Haven House would like to remind you that because of community support, families are being reunited with their children, redirected in their life choices by exposure to positive goal orientated programs, encouraged with Biblical counseling and inspired to give back to others after receiving the love of Jesus in their needs. When we meet them in their pain, their hearts soften and their defensive mindsets relax so that restoration can begin.  What more fitting symbol of Jesus’ teachings in the Easter season than to give something of yourself in His name to those that need it the most.  

FEED-BACK from our former participants is what keeps our staff and volunteers going. The following testimonies were written by two parents of recent graduating families.    

A FATHER SAID:

… I came to Haven House almost two years ago… in order to have my children returned to my custody.  I came here with a bit of a chip on my shoulder, thinking that I only wanted to be here for a short time, get a job and get out.  After a few months of being here I started to realize that things were not going to be as easy as get in and get out…  So rather than go against the Haven House program I decided to accept the program, and once I did that it was almost like everything just started falling into place for myself and my family. That was when I started to realize that I was grateful that the Haven House is here and grateful that they had given me a second chance at doing this program…  

I never would have imagined that I would still be here almost two years later with a new vehicle, my kids back, a good paying job and getting ready to move into a house.  Thank you Haven House and thank you everyone that is involved with this amazing place for everything you do and everything you continue to do.  

A MOTHER OF THREE SAID:

When I moved into the Haven House I had nothing but my car and a storage shed. I was living in my car bouncing from house to house, putting myself in not so safe places.  My kids lived with their grandparents, I only saw them on the weekends.  ….along with moving into the Haven House I have been clean and sober from drugs and alcohol. 

While living in the house I have gotten to have all 3 of my kids given to me.  I have built a better relationship with my kids, instead of working 24/7 I have learned to take time to care for my kids.  I have managed to pay off 5 of my credit cards and become more financially stable.  Currently, I am one month ahead on all my bills and my kids still have money in their savings account.  

My goal is to plan on living in the same house for 5 years maintaining a good record with the housing and keep up on all my bills financially…  I plan only keeping positive people in my life.  Keeping a drug and alcohol free home and to continue building a better relationship with my kids… 

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 Haven House programs focus on families with children.  In the past two years, we have implemented our Child Development programs which include youth group, Holy Listening, counseling and homework club. Since opening five years ago in April 2011 we have provided over 55,000 shelter nights to over 370 persons including over 190 children!

 We operate 12 months a year and are open 24/7 – our families live here full-time.            

If you would like to receive our monthly Newsletter, please EMAIL your address to:    Larry@Havenhousehomeless.org

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Graduation Day – a goal met – new goals set

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Click here to read  Marline’s testimonial-2.2016 

Marline graduated the Haven House program on February 12, 2016. Her graduation party included well wishers and happy faces of her children and friends. As she acknowledges in her testimonial letter, this is a culmination of hard work with big rewards and she has put in the work to set the goals to make the future even better.

A heartwarming story that shows the Haven House program is an All-Inclusive answer to many of the elements that result in the homeless condition. We don’t plan on letting anyone stay in that condition who has the desire to transition back to a rewarding, self-supporting life. With help from the community of participants living at Haven House and the loving supportive and instructive staff and volunteers, no one has the reason to say “it can’t happen for me”. CONGRATULATIONS MARLINE AND FAMILY.

 

 

 

Shepherd’s Shopping Spree- Christmas 2015

Shepherd’s Shopping Spree

Thank you donor’s and volunteers!
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With donated gifts and lots of hard work from volunteers, the Shepherd’s Shopping Spree at Haven House was a huge success! A truck loaded with donated gifts arrived at Haven House and staff and participants were waiting to help unload the haul. All participants at Haven House worked extra chores to receive tickets to shop for their families, including the children who used their homework club, Whiz kids and youth group points to shop for their families. The Dolphin House and Haven House  graduates were also invited to participate. God filled the house with love, patience, and giving hearts!!

Local groups share love at Haven House

Montrose Press article…..

With an ill husband, autistic son and traumatized daughter, it’s an understatement to say Amy Barrett is dealing with a tremendous burden.

She isn’t shouldering it alone, though. Barrett and her family are among those who call Haven House Transitional Living Center in Olathe home.

“My family was the victim of a crime,” Barrett explained, as she sat in Haven House’s playroom Dec. 21, her words contrasting with the rush of activity in the halls, as residents prepared for a Christmas “shopping spree.”

“My husband took it hard. He got sick and was unable to work. I was taking care of him and our children. We tried for me to work. It didn’t work out,” she said  READ MORE click links below.

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Summer Youth Program 2015

2015 Haven House Summer Youth Program-led by Katie Rhodes

This summer we plan to work closely with the Montrose Library and their reading program.  All of our activities will be focused on earning badges for the summer reading program.  I plan on taking the kids to the library every Monday to pick up our badges and check out books to qualify for these badges. We will also be doing hands on activities to earn the badges for the reading program.  On one of the days of the week that I am working with the kids, we will be taking time to read the nonfiction books required to qualify for earning badges. In the plans below, I have not specified which day we will do this, as I’m sure depending on the activity, it may vary week to week; it may be something that we do while at the library on Mondays, or before/after our activity the next day of the week that I am working with the kids.

On June 8th and 9th we checked out books on theater to read together and also attended a puppet show at the library, earning our Theater and Puppetry Badge. We are also attending a theater production at Magic Circle on Saturday, June 13th.

On June 15  I plan to take our weekly trip to the library, and on the 18th attend a cartoon drawing class at the library to put towards earning the Art Badge.

On June 22nd we will go to the library as usual, and on the 24th attend a dance session at the library to earn our Music and Rhythm Badge. If the kids are interested, I also thought we might go to Harmony Park at Cottonwood Elementary playground to make our own musical production on the drums, chimes, and xylophones they have there.

On June 29th we will go to the library as usual. I also hope to do our activity for a badge on this day as well.

On July 6th we will go to the library, and on July 8th-depending on the Ranger Program occurring at the Black Canyon, we may go there. The Black Canyon does not put out a schedule this far ahead, so depending on what they offer on this date, we may try this another week.

On July 13th we will go to the library, and on July 15th we will go to the library again to see Sgt. Sanders and Oxx the police dog, using this activity to put towards our Health and Safety Badge, and Animal Lover Badge.

On July 20th we will go to the library to check out books; on this date they will also have a Superhero Green Screen for us to use towards our Computer Science Badge. As of now, I am unsure of what our activity will be for July 22nd.

On July 27th, August 3rd, and August 10th, we will go to the library to check out books as usual. I do not yet have plans for July 29th, August 5th, and August 12th.

Although I do not have dates set out for these activities or confirmed that it will be feasible for us to go, I am currently working on the following activities for us to do:

  • Admission to the CO Museum of the West or Dinosaur Museum in GJ/Fruita (Science/History Badge. Possibly use this trip to learn about some mining and railroads to earn our Engineering Badge.)
  • Viewing some petroglyphs either at the Ute Museum in Montrose or in Escalante Canyon (History/Language/Culture Badge)
  • An activity for the Culture Badge using some of my “souvenirs”, pictures, and possibly a recipe from Bolivia
  • Touring Mattics Orchard in August (Food and Farming Badge)
  • Going to the Black Canyon a second time for a hike (Nature/Travel/Recreation Badge)
  • Make a plaster cast of our footprints for the Sleuthing Badge

 

 

 

Transitional Living -thoughts of children

COLORADO PUBLIC RADIO INTERVIEWD THREE TENNS LIVING AT A TRANSITIONAL LIVING CENTER IN DENVER.

To listen to the interview and learn what issues the children face, click here. These issues are very similar to those experienced by children at Haven House.

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

Summer 2014 Children’s Badge Program

From Heidi Haugen, Summer Activities Director……

We began our Summer Activities Program by signing each child up for the “Summer Badge Quest Program” at the Montrose Library.   The kids tell me which badges they want to earn and we read books, do activities, and go on adventures to meet the criteria for the badges.  We spend one afternoon a week at the library checking out books and picking up our badges.  We spend another afternoon reading nonfiction books and doing hands-on activities around the theme.  Finally, one day a week, we participate in an adventure/field trip around the theme.  Following are the areas we have been working on-

1.  Animal Lover- we visited the Black Canyon of the
Gunnison.  A ranger taught us about the different birds that live in the
canyon.  See photos here. Black Canyon Of The Gunnison
2.  Nature and Environment- we went on a nature walk at Baldridge
Park.  In addition, many of the kids went on a camping trip to help earn this
badge.  We are still working on projects like collecting flowers and seeds.

3.  Sports and Recreation- we spent a day at the Montrose Recreation
District.
4.  Theater and Puppetry-the kids joined together to read about
and create a theater production.  They performed and videotaped a play.  We had
fun coming up with costumes and props.
5.  Music and Rhythm-we had a musician spend the afternoon teaching us about rhythm.  He brought drums and a guitar for us to try out!

Music Adventure Haven House 2014
In July, we plan to have more adventures as we
earn the following badges-
6. Food and Farming-we visited Mattics Orchard in Olathe. A day at Mattics Orchard 2014    We will check out some kids’ cookbooks and perhaps try out a new recipe.
7.  Health and Safety-we will visit with a police
officer and learn about public safety.
8.  Travel and Adventure-we will learn
about different kinds of maps.  We’ll go on a  “Google Lit Trip” (googlelittrip.com) with Ipads.
9.  Science and Technology-we’ll learn how to use a star chart and study the
constellations.
10.  Computer Science and Digital Arts-we’ll continue our
film making from last month and focus on the digital pictures using online
drawing and painting tools.

If you have an area of interest that you would like to share with families at Haven House, please call (970) 626-5280 or contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Rosemary at (970) 765-2252. The reward will be yours.