Happy Holidays 2018

Dear Friend of Haven House (this means you!),
          There’s no place like home for the holidays—unless you have no place to call home.
          When you think about your own home right now, what comes to mind? Is it a comfortable couch, festive foods, and holiday decorations? Or perhaps the love and laughter of family gathered around the table? From your cozy bed, to your warm coat and boots, to your car with gas in the tank, you’re ready to enjoy this special time of year.
          But what does it feel like to be homeless during the harsh winter months right here in the Lansing area? Brandi, a working single mom with dreams of becoming a nurse, knows exactly how it feels.
          Despite holding a job and her own best efforts, Brandi found herself unable to provide her children with the security of a home. Early last year, complications from her pregnancy led Brandi to a one-month hospital stay. To make things even worse, the joy of giving birth to her son was quickly accompanied by concerns over her newborn’s own medical issues. Brandi continued to spend time by her son’s side until he was eventually discharged. During this time, she was replaced
at work.
          Although Brandi was able to find a new job after her son’s release from the hospital, the hours did not provide enough income to secure a home. Brandi’s family moved in with a relative for a short stay, but it was a tight and increasingly stressful situation for all. Brandi was anxious to get back on her feet again.
“The staff continually helped me with all the barriers I felt I could not get over. I am extremely grateful.”

          She needed to find a home of her own—but she needed help. Thanks to your support, a call to Haven House made all the difference. You provided Brandi and her children the shelter, compassionate support, help with budgeting, and fresh beginning they needed.  You gave Brandi’s family hope and the opportunity to jump-start their life again by making these crucial services possible. Brandi continued to work as many hours as she could during her stay in shelter. In a little over a month, she moved her family into their own rental! And, thanks to the services you provided, on the day she moved Brandi was confident that her budget planning would allow her to remain stable in her new home.
          Brandi attends classes at a local community college and is working hard toward her goal of becoming a nurse. She continues to care for her children and provide for their needs. Since reaching home, Brandi has been careful to systematically pay off her debt. She also watched her credit score improve during her year-long participation in our unique Partners in Progress follow-up program.
          Thanks to your kindness, Brandi now has a hopeful future—but the story doesn’t end there. At this very moment, seven families—twenty-eight moms, dads, and kids—are staying in our shelter. In the next year, over one hundred more families will come through our door. You have an opportunity to make a difference in the life of the next family who will turn to Haven House for help.
          Your ongoing support can help another struggling family like Brandi’s get the help they need. Your gift will help provide shelter and care so families can reclaim their lives.
         Will you give hope to another family longing for a chance to establish a home? Please consider extending your support with a gift to help a family in shelter right now.
          Thank you for your consideration. I wish you the very best of health and happiness this holiday season.
          With Appreciation,

            Stacy A. Hickox                                
            President, Board of Directors

            Gabriel Biber
            Executive Director

P.S. Your gift by December 31 will help families in the coming year.