Haven Min­istries opens re­source cen­ter

Record Observer - - News - By MIKE DAVIS mdavis@kibay­times.com

CENTREVILLE — In early Novem­ber, Haven Min­istries, Inc. in­vited com­mu­nity mem­bers to visit its new­est out­reach cen­ter lo­cated in a base­ment room in St. Paul’s Epis­co­pal Church in Centreville.

The room, con­nected by a col­lapsable wall to a nurser y, has been trans­formed from a stor­age closet to a place where home­less in­di­vid­u­als can come and re­ceive ser vices.

Haven Min­istries is a coali­tion of churches through­out Queen Anne’s County that help and pro­vide ser­vices, such as food, shel­ter and sup­port, to in­di­vid­u­als and fam­i­lies in need of as­sis­tance. It cur­rently runs an emer­gency food pantr y, con­ducts street out­reach to con­nect peo­ple with ser­vices, a winter home­less shel­ter and the Our Daily Thread thrift store.

In­di­vid­u­als seek­ing ser vices at the re­source cen­ter will re­ceive re­fer­ral and case man­age­ment ser vices through Haven Min­istries staff and guest speak­ers. A black­board on the wall with white chalk writ­ing lists the work­shops that will be tak­ing place in the room. Work­shops the or­ga­ni­za­tion has held so far, in con­junc­tion with other or­ga­ni­za­tions and speak­ers, in­clude goal set­ting and de­vo­tion.

Krista Pet­tit, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Haven Min­istries, said the or­ga­ni­za­tion thought this lo­ca­tion would be help­ful be­cause it could then have a cen­tral lo­ca­tion to pro­vide ser­vices dur­ing the day. The of­fice will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mon­day through Fri­day and is open to any­one.

The room has six chairs, a cof­fee table, a tele­vi­sion, var­i­ous books and mag­a­zines, board games and four com­put­ers. Pet­tit said a longterm goal of the re­source cen­ter is to be able to pro­vide more in­ten­sive and fo­cus job train­ing for peo­ple re­ceiv­ing ser­vices.

Pet­tit said the idea to con­vert the base­ment room to a workspace was brought to Haven Min­istries by the con­gre­ga­tion of St. Paul’s Epis­co­pal Church, whose pas­tor Rev. Mary Gar­ner was a Haven Min­istries board mem­ber. Though the or­ga­ni­za­tion pro­vides ser­vices cur­rently, it didn’t have any lo­ca­tion to con­duct work dur­ing the day­time hours as in­di­vid­u­als had to leave Kent Is­land United Methodist Church, where the overnight shel­ter is run, early in the morn­ing.

Pet­tit said the idea of putting peo­ple out on the streets in the morn­ings were hard. Karen Kirch­ner with Cal­vary United Methodist Church said the re­source cen­ter is a won­der­ful ex­ten­sion of what Haven Min­istries is.

Jea­nine Beasley with Mid-Shore Be­hav­ioral Health said she was happy for the or­ga­ni­za­tion as the new re­source cen­ter will help the com­mu­nity and al­lows Haven Min­istries to con­tinue the work it does. Dianna Har­mon said see­ing all of the re­sources in one place makes her smile.

For Centreville Town Coun­cil Vice Pres­i­dent Tim McCluskey wel­comed the or­ga­ni­za­tion to the com­mu­nity and thanked it and St. Paul’s Church in aid­ing the “un­for­tu­nate re­al­ity” of home­less­ness.

For more in­for­ma­tion about Haven Min­istries and its new re­source cen­ter, visit its web­site: www.haven-min­istries.org. Fol­low Mike Davis on Twit­ter: @ mike_k­ibay­times.

PHOTO BY MIKE DAVIS

Haven Min­istries, Inc. held an open house for its new Re­source Cen­ter in Centreville on Mon­day, Nov. 7. The Re­source Cen­ter al­lows the or­ga­ni­za­tion to pro­vide ser­vices through­out the day.

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