Haven Ministries begins new Friends Program
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.