Haven Ministries opens resource center
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.
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.