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Your passion can change lives. Whether you love cooking, working with children, you’re a natural born leader, or you’ve just been looking for a way to give back, our Volunteer & Projects Manager Paden Clevenger can help you identify some rewarding tasks and create the ideal volunteer role. You will be taken to another screen to set up an account and apply in our volunteer software Better Impact. Once you’ve completed our volunteer application, you’ll be contacted about next steps.

Ways You Can Volunteer

Haven House Service VolunteersYou will have the opportunity to be a mentor for the children in shelter by becoming an activity leader. Prepare dinner for our clients while learning about food insecurities among the homeless population and all that goes into planning, prepping, and preparing a meal for shelter families. Become a shelter shopper picking up needed groceries for shelter meals, track supply and food inventory for discrepancies, and many more. A detailed description of each opportunity is below.

All volunteer opportunities Haven House provides will look great on your resume, so submit an application and if you have questions or would like any documentation about your volunteerism, contact Paden Clevenger

Haven House Shoppers IconVolunteers shop at a local Meijer of their choice Monday-Friday and can pick up their supplies between 10am-12pm. Volunteers help stock our pantry, client fridges, and ensure we have all the food items necessary to prepare dinner each night. Shoppers will be provided shopping supplies which will include a shopping list and Meijer Food Only Gift Card. Volunteers will pick up supplies before shopping and bring everything back to Haven House with the receipt. A staff person will then put away the groceries. Interested in becoming a shopper? Apply here!

Haven House stores many donations for our shelter and families. So, keeping an accurate count of what is available allows our programs to run smoothly and clients have what they need. To do this, we use an electronic tracking system called inFlow and all donations coming into the shelter or going out to clients must be accounted for. With the constant movement of donations, the inventory counts can become inaccurate so regular tracking of inventory in all areas is necessary. 

Volunteers interested in this position will commit to at least 2-4 hours M-F checking inventory on a weekly rotation for preventative measures. This is an independent role meaning volunteers will train with staff beforehand but when training is complete, they will come and go as scheduled with minimal supervision. Interested in tracking inventory? Apply here!

Haven House Volunteers to Cook MealsDinner is prepared every night at Haven House for the families staying in our shelter. Making dinner for our clients is a great way to give back with a group or by yourself! You can sign up for one-time opportunities or set up a weekly or monthly plan to prepare meals. Dinner is served at 5:30 pm. A dinner menu is drafted monthly, and all the ingredients are here for you. You have the option to prepare the meal onsite, offsite and deliver prepared to Haven House, or prepare meals ahead of time we can freeze to thaw on nights we need a quick, healthy, and delicious meal!

Interested in becoming a dinner volunteer? Apply here!

Haven House Activity LeadersIf you or a group are looking to engage with children of all ages, then look no further! During your time volunteering, you will have the opportunity to plan and supervise activities whether free play, arts & crafts, board games, etc. providing an outlet for the children in shelter during this difficult time. Due to the inconsistencies in children who frequent the playroom this opportunity cannot be a guaranteed option toward meeting service-learning requirements as there may be minimal to no field experience on a given day. 

Interested in becoming an activity leader? Apply here!

Haven House Group VolunteersThe Haven House office is open from 8 am to 8 pm, and either a staff member or volunteer is present at all times to assist the families and visitors who may call or visit. This is a great way to regularly volunteer at least one day a week for 2-4 hours and help homeless families seeking shelter, staff with small projects, collect and store much needed donations from the community, etc.

Interested in becoming an office liaison? Apply here!

Haven House Group Volunteers Fun PhotoAre you a part of a group or club that’s looking for more volunteer opportunities? Haven House offers a variety of options when it comes to giving back. With families moving into and out of Haven House every week, we have to work constantly to manage shelter upkeep. The shelter could always use some extra landscaping, maintenance, and other outdoor help. There is always a need for children’s activities and individuals as well as groups that can help paint, cook dinner, organize, and just help spread the word about Haven House. You can help us put our best foot forward by chipping in with routine maintenance inside and out. If you have a technical certification or operate a business, you may even be able to donate your labor for a tax deduction!

If you have questions about what specific projects or services, we need volunteers for at this time, contact Paden Clevenger.

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Joe’s Story

Arriving at the shelter on foot, Joe’s weary steps echoed the journey he had endured. With the sale of the house he called home, he found himself grappling with a challenge too familiar to many: homelessness. With two children, a daughter name Maria and son named King, hindered by a low credit score and a past marked by two felonies, finding a way out seemed insurmountable. As days turned into weeks, Joe and his son found solace within the walls of Haven House, while Maria, engrossed in school activities, stayed with another family member. Through the guidance of the dedicated staff, Joe began to rebuild his life, one step at

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