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

 

 

 

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.

Library Champions at Haven House 2014

2014 Haven House Summer Youth Program-led by Heidi Haugen

We are having a fantastic summer as we focus on reading, reading,
reading!!   Everything we do revolves around the summer reading program at the
Montrose Regional Library.  This is aligned with the local school districts, so
there are lots of incentives to read.  Kids that reach their summer reading
goals earn a yard sign that says,
“A Library Champion Lives Here”.

 

IMAG0439 (2)-QuedenFirst Library Champion- Queden Baker–

Born in Glenwood Springs.

Favorite Subject:  Math

Loves to write and to go shopping.

When he grows up he wants to be a firefighter, bank clerk or case worker. Quedan beamed when we congratulated him in our town hall meeting.

Heidi hopped to have the front yard of Haven House filled with the signs before summer is over!!—-And the list is growing!

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Names and biographies of additional Library Champions will be added soon. Stay tuned.

Musicians and Teachers needed to teach youth at Haven House

Currently, we have several high school age teens living at Haven House. They have expressed a strong interest in learning about music. They would like to learn how to read music, write music and also play instruments. This is a very worthwhile interest that if developed, could make a life changing affect on their lives. It is a simple way to help others who are suffering and music itself cures the soul.

Please consider making a musical instrument donation or giving your time to these teens. It won’t go without reward to your own soul.

If you have musical teaching skills to share before you retire, please call us at 970-323-5280.

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On Site Ministry Team needed

 

Lee FamilySince September 2012 Dr. Abe Lee, his wife Gwen and their four children have been living and ministering at Haven House. This unique and sacrificial ministry by the Lee family has provided more benefits to the Haven House Participants than can be listed in one sitting.

They will be ending their year long ministry at the end of September 2013 and will truly be missed by staff and participants. We are hopeful that another couple or family will be lead to take over their ministry and move in to Haven House. The benefit of living among the population at Haven House is that you are immediately available for the day-to-day issues as they arise. It is absolutely the most challenging and most rewarding ministry for those called to do this.

Please call Larry Frederickson if you have any questions or interest in taking on this special ministry to Haven House.

(970) 626-5677

or Call Haven House office at (970) 323-5280 Monday thru Friday 8-5

We need people to pray for the right people to be called for this ministry. Please join us in prayerduring the month of September.