The word “shelter” may conjure up images of a crowded, impersonal space where people are warehoused in large groups. The new Haven House shelter for women and children strives for an atmosphere of caring and safety.
The current building opened in 2011 and can house 40 to 50 residents.
Adult women who come to the shelter alone are housed in a double room and share a community bathroom facility, similar to a college dormitory. Mothers with children are housed in an individual family room with a private bath. There are six double rooms and eight family rooms.
There is a playroom for younger children and a lounge for teens, in addition to the large community living room. A large, modern kitchen provides several cooking areas. There are two spacious laundry rooms for residents to use.
The Haven House shelter provides for both privacy and socialization, with trained staff available to help guide residents through the process of finding legal protection and moving to more permanent housing.