X Ventures was so happy to work with our fellow building tenants at 44 Grandville over the past couple weeks to help fill the pantry shelves for Family Haven. ??If you aren’t familiar with Family Haven, they are a part of the Inner City Christian Federation and offer up to 30 days of emergency housing for homeless families. Family Haven is unique because they keep families together in an apartment unit right on their campus (located on Prospect), rather than splitting them up, which is common practice in many shelters.
Keeping Families Together
Deborah Armstrong, the program director, says, “Keeping families together offers hope.” She makes it a priority to offer residents her understanding, firm guidance and educational opportunities. “It’s critical to help these families understand what caused their homeless situation, and how to work to fix the problem, while helping them to secure permanent housing.” She is a loving, talented lady who I enjoyed working with very much!
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In addition to the fully furnished apartment, Family Haven also provides their clients with food, personal items, clothing, and bus passes to bring a sense of normalcy to a world has turned upside down for them. If you’d like to learn more, please check out their website. If you’re wondering what a little pantry drive can do to make a difference, here’s what we were able to do in our little neck of the woods together:
- ?in excess of 70 cans of fruit, vegetables, soup ?
- 4 condiments
- 3 large containers of paper product items
- 15 personal products
- 40+ boxed meals
- 22 rice/pasta/sauces
- 11 boxes of cereal/oatmeal
- 5 boxes of crackers
- 8 miscellaneous (tea/coffee/pancake mix)
- $300 cash
- Plus several much-needed boxes of dishes, glasses, pots/pans, shoes, slippers, clothing, blankets and a cell phone! ??
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