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.    


… 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.  


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… 



 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.            

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Graduation Day – a goal met – new goals set


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!


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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Heavenly’s Frozen Yogurt- Fundraiser June 22, 2015


Monday- June 22nd from 11 am to 10 pm–    221 Colorado Avenue, Montrose CO 81401

Just South of the Montrose High School field on Townsend Avenue.

When you enjoy Heavenly Yogurt

You support Havenly Kids;

The kids’ program at Haven House




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




Holy Listening –God’s Word Applied.

Resurrecting Hope – by Lacey Borgo                                     April 2015

At this writing it is Tuesday of Holy Week, arguably the saddest week of the year. This week, my Lord dies, hope dies and we are left with nothing but the empty space of Holy Saturday.

There is a commonality among the children at Haven House. Each time I sit with a child in spiritual direction, I first ask them to choose a picture of Jesus with children from a stash of many. This is our rhythm when they come. They choose the picture of Jesus they most need to see and then together we turn on a battery-powered candle to remind us that God is with us. Then they are invited to share their thoughts about the picture. Children who have heard Bible stories usually tell me something about Jesus’ death, even children who know little about Jesus know about his death. Some even know the gruesome details. The children at Haven House know death; they know emptiness, loneliness, and hopelessness. Often I will say, “Did you know, God brought him back to life?” Without fail, I am met with blank stares and even disagreement. Death they know, resurrection they can’t imagine.

So in the last two weeks during spiritual direction (We call it Holy Listening.) we have used a wooden play set of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus to play out the whole story—resurrection and all.

I tell the story first and then invite the children to play with the pieces and retell. They are invited to add their own twists and turns, as this is how they make His story, their story. Interestingly, this is also how they mourn their own sorrows. In the death and sadness of Christ they are able to express their own pain. We keep the candle near, to remind us that even in great pain, and great sadness, God is near.

We are careful to include Jesus’ resurrection each time. In the resurrection of Christ there is hope and joy– and as one child taught me, forgiveness. In the story he told of the resurrection—Jesus went chasing after the soldiers who were guarding the tomb. “Hey, no wait,” he said, “I forgive you, come back.”

Hope lives in Jesus’ resurrection. The hope that says God is with you in your greatest pain. The hope that says God is with you even if you are buried under shame, doubt and fear. The hope that says “Hey, no wait. I forgive you, come back.”

The hope that says there is something better, unbelievably better, coming.

(Holy Listening Volunteers are Lacey Borgo, Aljean, and Vivian



Easter Greetings to All


A Lot Can Happen in a Week!

Have you ever wondered if you would have been among the group that recognized Jesus as the awaited Savior singing “Hosanna to our King” on Sunday or would you be among the angry crowd that shouted “Crucify Him, Crucify Him” on Friday? Ideally, we all would like to believe that we would never have been among that angry crowd calling for His death. It would have been a different story if we had been there. The truth is, it could not have been different. 

God wanted to reconcile the sin that separated Him from His people. The Easter miracle of Christ’s atonement and resurrection was the only way to accomplish that. 

The miracle of Easter is that the saddest say on earth was followed three days later by the most miraculous day on earth; signifying that there is unending hope for all people. It is proof of God’s Love for us. Our ability to return to the cross time and time again and claim the resurrection allows us to start life anew. If we  dare to imagine ourselves among those in the front row of the angry crowd that condemned Jesus, we would find from Him, just like they did, love instead of hatred, mercy instead of judgment, joy instead of sorrow and peace instead of fear. “Father forgive them for they know not what they do”.; The atonement is for all people. 

He is Risen!  Now, every day, we can be risen too, making our imaginary association with either group of people in the Easter story irrelevant. Alleluia! Alleluia!  

As a non-profit entity, we need your financial support. Please help us continue restoring families.

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Haven House,
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Haven House is a non-profit transitional living program with a dormitory facility in Olathe Colorado. Since opening in April 2011, we have provided over 47,000 shelter nights to over 330 adults and children.   Additionally, we provide a wide range of programs that give parents the tools needed to become self-sufficient and maintain a suitable home for their children. Too often, children in homeless families are moved to foster care while the parents restore their living arrangements. We strive to keep the family united and help each member prosper during this difficult time.   We are open 24/7 as families live here full time and can stay in our program for up to two years.

                                  The Crimson-Bright Easter 

                                                        What does it mean to me personally~~

                           the stone rolled away,

                 the empty tomb,

                       the angel’s message,

                                   He is not here; He is risen. 

                    This, surely this~~

                         that on the final page

             of my brief life

               it shall not read

                   in dull, dark black,

 The End;

                     but crimson-bright,

                                   indelible and shining there,

                  To Be Continued!  

                                                                        ~~Helen J. Fricke


Christmas Greetings from
Haven House Transitional Living Center
for people transitioning from homeless to a home of their own.
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.