In October 2010, Chris Cantor, the director of Haven Family House, spoke at our monthly luncheon. He explained to us Haven's residential program for families which includes not only a place to live but job search help and an on-site Child Development Center for homeless families. Chris brought with him a woman who graduated from the Haven program and was employed at Trader Joe's in Palo Alto, living independently with her two boys. Members of the Outreach committee wanted to thank this brave woman for her candor, and we purchased a gift card.
We have continued our bond with this strong woman who occasionally needs a helping hand. Sue Krumbein is the personal contact; the rest of us are anonymous donors. When help is needed for --- that new pair of jeans because her boys are growing so quickly, an unexpected car repair so mom can get to work, soccer shoes so her son can play on the HS team --- members of Outreach have assisted with Safeway gift cards. The requests for help are not often, but for someone living at the edge of financial stability, it is a lifeline.
Last week we received a card thanking us. She remarks that, "I thought I was done asking for help, but everything keeps getting higher except my income. My income doesn't cover my food and gas for me and my son. You are all my Angels." Her older boy is out on his own, while his younger brother is still in high school.
Today, Haven Family House is STILL supported by The Woman's Club membership with donations, collections, and volunteer hours in the housewares closet on-site. Haven is now a part of InnVision Shelter Network. This November we will collect twin and double sheets, blankets and bed sets for Haven Family house.