COVID-19 Response at Haven HouseUntil Further Notice
Consider giving here
- No walk-in donations
- No on-site volunteers
Your financial contributions are still needed to help with scattered-site shelter and rehousing costs, and to support homelessness prevention and shelter diversion efforts. Consider giving here
. Read below for details.
Thank you for your ongoing support. We want to keep you informed on our response to the recent COVID-19 outbreak. We will continue to update this page.
Haven House is still providing shelter and re-housing services for our clients. Emergency Shelter
We are currently at capacity with the temporary scattered site model which we are using as part of our COVID-19 response. Residents are staying at hotels and receiving daily case management with the goal of quickly reaching a home of their own. Thanks to your support, we are able to continue to provide families with all of the services they would receive at our on-site shelter - food, bus tokens, non-food stamp items, and support.Partners-In-Progress Program
We continue to follow-up with families participating in our Partners-In-Progress aftercare program. We have suspended home visits, but continue to follow-up with families and provide non-food stamp item drop-off. Volunteers
We are SO grateful for our volunteers, and we miss you! You brighten our days and the days of our families everyday with your cooking, office work, time in the playroom, and in so many other ways. For the time being, most volunteer activity has been suspended and the volunteer appreciation event scheduled for April 21 has been postponed.
If you are a current volunteer, check your email for ongoing updates. If you want to brainstorm ways to volunteer once we are ready to welcome you back, read about our current volunteers' experiences
or learn about the many ways to get involved.Donations
Because of your generosity, we are able to continue to provide services to clients at this time. To continue our service offerings during this difficult time, we need your help! We are currently NOT accepting physical donations at the shelter.
But, your monetary gift makes a huge difference. Make a donation here
to continue to support local homeless families and ensure that they receive support throughout the year. To schedule a donation through USPS or private carrier, contact Chequoya Spearman
Q: Can I still call Haven House for assistance?
A: Yes, we have staff here ready to take calls from families seeking services and community members everyday from 8:00am-12:00pm. Call us at 517-337-2731.
Q: Will you continue to shelter new families in hotels?
A: At this time, we do not have the capacity to accept new residents until we can accept them in our physical shelter space. Instead, we will focus on working with the families currently residing in hotels to quickly find a home of their own. We will also focus on providing outreach and diversion services to families calling Haven House for assistance. We will work hard to connect families to resources and work in every way possible to prevent eviction.
Q: When will Haven House accept new residents back in your shelter location on Whitehills Drive?
A. Our Board and staff are closely monitoring Ingham County Health Department, CDC, and State health recommendations. We will monitor public school openings and update you as soon as we know when our shelter will resume normal operations.
Q: If I make a financial contribution at this time, what will it be used for?
A: Your contribution helps us to pay costs for our temporary scattered site-shelter operations, prepare to welcome future clients, provide food and non-food stamp items to families in our Partners in Progress program (thirty formerly homeless families now in permanent housing), and support families in paying first month's rent, security deposits, and moving costs. Our staff continues to work each day to prevent homelessness for families calling us, and we continue to eagerly plan for when we can open our shelter again. To assist us financially in these efforts, give here
Q: Where can I find additional community information and shelter responses to the COVID-19 outbreak?
A: We continually check the following links:
We are thankful for you, and look forward to seeing you soon!
-Haven House Staff