How Does the Haven Help Children and Families in Need?

    ~ Family Shelter

  1. The Byrne House Family Shelter provides housing for up to 8 families (a maximum of 46 people). Residents search for employment while they develop new skills and get back on their feet by using the shelter services. There is no limit on length of stay; in 2010, the median stay was roughly two months. 75-80% of guests find and maintain stable housing and employment after leaving the Shelter.

    ~ Adult Shelter

  1. Recently completed, the Hixon House Adult Shelter offers a place for homeless single men and women and couples without children. The space can accommodate 20 individuals as well as common spaces, phone services, and a computer room.

    ~ Food Shelf

  1. The Haven provides a week’s worth of groceries once a month, as well as offering a Healthy Eating Program.

   ~ Clothing Room

  1. Donated clothes are available to anyone in need.

  ~ Case Management

  1. Excellent case managers assist people in need with short-term solutions and referrals to critical resources.

What resources does the Haven provide to increase educational opportunities for disadvantaged children?

After School Program

The Haven After School Program runs Monday through Thursday from 2:30-5 pm for school aged children who are current and former shelter guests.  The Children’s Advocates and volunteers from the Tucker Foundation at Dartmouth College provide mentoring and help with homework, as well as a wide variety of enrichment activities, such as visits to the Hood art museum, music, dance, and cultural performances, cooking, seasonal activities such as skating, tennis, and hiking, and arts/crafts activities. The After-School Program seeks to increase confidence and academic achievement, and provide opportunities for creative exploration, stress-reduction, and relationship-building for children connected to the Haven.

Preschool Program

The Children’s Advocates work closely with families of preschoolers to help them meet the goals they have for their children.   This might involve assisting parents complete an application for a child care subsidy, visiting child care providers with families, connecting them with local agencies and support services, or brainstorming ways to help a child address a particular situation.  The Children’s Advocates also organize onsite “Parents and Preschoolers” sessions, where parents and their young children come together for story time, dance and music, and simple art activities.

School Vacation Programming

During summer vacation and when school is not in session, Haven staff members organize a wide variety of field trips and programs for the children.  Recent field trips have included:

  1. • Montshire Museum of Science

  2. • Vermont Institute of Natural Sciences

  3. • Hiking and mountain climbing

  4. • Apple and berry picking

  5. • Fairbanks Museum

  6. • Squam Lakes Natural Science Center

  7. • Ocean trip

  8. • Canoe trip down the Connecticut River

  9. • Shelburne Museum

  10. • College visits

  11. • Climbing wall at the River Valley Club

  12. Rock climbing in Lyme, NH

Thanks to the generosity of donors and local organizations, during the summer vacation children also have the opportunity to enjoy activities such as:

  1. Day and overnight camps through AVA Gallery, Montshire Museum, Northern Stage, League of NH Craftsmen, Camp Horizon, Camp Mowglis, Camp Arcadia, Hartford Recreation Department

  2. Therapeutic riding through Moonrise Farm

  3. CCBA fitness program

  4. Photography workshops

  5. Swimming lessons at the Hartford pool

  6. Varied activities onsite designed to promote creativity and physical activity

Mailing address:  Hinman Box 6181, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire 03755

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