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Haven House reflects on success in an expansive landscape

OLATHE, Colo. (KREX) – Haven House is a place where everyone can have a fresh start. This Olathe and faith-based facility is not a homeless shelter, but a safe haven where people learn everything they need to know to get back on their feet.

Families like Willow & Sam have had hard times and homeless shelters, but Haven House is what they’re looking for.

“When you see families moving forward who have experienced domestic violence, drug addiction, homelessness, to see others succeed, it gives you the encouragement to move forward. do it,” reflected Willow Echevarria, “I think it’s a wonderful place to reunite and to restore oneself. If you are homeless, it gives you a second chance to live again,” adds Proud Sam Sierawski.

The love that resides in the Haven House creates a safe haven for adults and children. One of the newest additions is a daycare and learning center so kids can be COVID-FREE and parents can go to work.

Education is the top priority after seeing some students fall two spots.

“They all definitely have their setbacks,” said Haven House Youth and Education Director Heather Melton, “It is possible to have them here and be able to provide them with a focus on one service. the care and education they need every step of the way, so that they can thrive. “

Participants always have a home, once in a Haven House. Those who were once members of Haven House are now taking the lessons and cures and paying for it as employees.

“I feel like I have grown a lot not only in this position but also in life,” said Haven House Assistant Teacher Sharon Dawson, which has helped me tremendously, making me feel confident. more and they will give me the skills to help me in the family. and to get here. “

Grants and fundraisers comprise 80% of Haven House resources. Residents take classes in finance, mental health, and healing while earning and saving money.

During Rose’s six years as director, her greatest success has been in seeing residents become healthy and independent in two years or less.

“We have families when they are ready to leave it for money to go out and be able to pay the last and the first deposit,” announced Haven House CEO Rose Verheul, “I am proud say we have five people five families that went from being completely homeless to owning their first home. “

Haven House is expected to expand in 2022: a new wing & playground is on the way.

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Emma Bowman

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