Family Affair: The Haven of Grace

By: Alexa Beattie

It isn’t just for now, it’s for always. By providing a nurturing home, The Haven of Grace helps place homeless, pregnant mothers and their children on a path to success. Not only does the shelter address the immediate needs of the women (ages 18 to 24) in terms of food and housing, involving them in a range of programs and comprehensive services, but it also offers transitional housing for an additional two years. Services address the whole person and include case management, parenting classes and other educational opportunities. A 10-year aftercare program provides the same kinds of community-based support for the long haul by keeping in touch with ‘graduates.’ “It isn’t just about coming in out of the cold,” says The Haven of Grace executive director Andrea Vent, “but about empowerment for a lifetime.”

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