Haven Min­istries be­gins new Friends Pro­gram

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STEVENSVILLE — Haven Min­istries, which pro­vides its home­less shel­ters, Re­source Center, food pantry and thrift store in Queen Anne’s County, has an­nounced that it be­gan its new “Friends Pro­gram” in Novem­ber.

Ac­cord­ing to Krista Pettit, ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor of Haven Min­istries, be­ing a “friend” of Haven Min­istries means mak­ing a monthly pledge to­ward the four ar­eas of min­istry which Haven Min­istries pro­vides to the com­mu­nity: shel­ter, food, cloth­ing and sup­port.

She said, “You can pro­vide hope with a pledge of $10 a month, which is the cost of two lat­tes. By do­ing so, mem­bers of our com­mu­nity can make a difference in the life of some­one strug­gling in Queen Anne’s County.”

Ac­cord­ing to the Out of Reach Re­port by Na­tional Low In­come Hous­ing Coali­tion, the fair mar­ket rent for a two-bed­room apart­ment is $1,281, which is 30 per­cent of a fam­ily’s house­hold in­come. This means that a house­hold must earn $51,249 a year or $24.64 an hour to af­ford rent.

Pettit adds, “The av­er­age wage renters in Queen Anne’s County earn $15.61/ hour which leaves a huge dis­par­ity be­tween low-in­come house­holds and the high rent costs we see.”

Novem­ber 12 through 20 was Na­tional Hunger and Home­less­ness Aware­ness Week and Haven Min­istries asked the sup­port­ing churches to have a Hunger and Home­less Aware­ness Sun­day on Novem­ber 13, where they high­lighted the is­sues of hunger and home­less­ness and re­ceived in­for­ma­tion about how to sup­port Haven Min­istries in com­bat­ting these is­sues.

Mia Cran­ford, Haven Min­istries new Mar­ket­ing and Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment Direc­tor, said, “Our goal is to gain 1,000 Friends. A $10 monthly con­tri­bu­tion is some­thing most peo­ple can com­mit to, and it al­lows them to be a part of chang­ing lives through feed­ing, shel­ter­ing, cloth­ing, and sup­port­ing our fel­low neigh­bors.”

Fund­ing from the “Friends Pro­gram” is par­tic­u­larly im­por­tant to sup­port­ing the op­er­a­tional costs of Haven Min­istries, in­clud­ing its cold, weather emer­gency shel­ter, which will open on Dec. 1, at Kent Is­land Methodist Church, 2739 Cox Neck Road in Ch­ester. Haven Min­istries Shel­ter will op­er­ate seven days a week, 6 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. through mid-April 2017.

Haven Min­istries Food Pantry is open the third Fri­day of each month, ex­cept in Novem­ber, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Safe Har­bor Pres­by­te­rian Church in Stevensville. Dur­ing each food dis­tri­bu­tion date, more than 7,000 pounds of food is dis­trib­uted to needy fam­i­lies.

Haven Min­istries’ Our Daily Thread Thrift Store, at 425 Thomp­son Creek Road in Stevensville (be­hind Cracker Bar­rel), is open Mon­day through Satur­day 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., pro­vid­ing deeply dis­counted prices on cloth­ing and house­hold items with pro­ceeds ben­e­fit­ing Haven Min­istries.

A Re­source Center at St. Paul’s Epis­co­pal Church in Cen­tre­ville, which is an ex­pan­sion of ser vices to all com­mu­nity mem­bers, opened Nov. 15. Reg­u­lar week­day hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The fo­cus of the Re­source Center is ed­u­ca­tional pro­grams, job train­ing, and case man­age­ment ser­vices.

To be­come a “Friend” of Haven Min­istries or for more in­for­ma­tion, visit haven­min­istries.org or call 410-739-4363.

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