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Haven Ministries Homeless Shelter opened Friday, July 28 in response to citizens needing longer term shelter after the tornado that struck on Kent Island last week. Starting on Monday, July 31, the Shelter will be open from 5 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. daily at its designated space at Kent Island United Methodist Church at 2739 Cox Neck Road in Chester. Transportation services between the Shelter and the Resource Center at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Centerville will be provided for daytime services. As the week progresses, Haven Ministries will assess the need and how long to remain open as a disaster relief shelter.
According to Krista Pettit, Executive Director of Haven Ministries, Inc., “Even though Haven Ministries has experienced damage to its Thrift Store from the tornado, we are still open and have items to help victims. We are extending ourselves to be a resource to the residents of Kent Island, regardless of the cost to our organization.”
Haven Ministries Resource Center is open during the day at St. Paul's Episcopal Church from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and the Shelter is open in the evenings from 5 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. as needed for a disaster relief shelter during this time period. Anyone in need of shelter care, should contact Krista Pettit of Haven Ministries at 410-739-4363. Anyone needing food, clothing, household cleaning supplies, or hygiene products can see a Haven Ministries volunteer or staff member at the Red Cross Crisis Response Center at Matapeake Elementary School (through Thursday, August 3). To support Haven Ministries, call 410-739-4363 or visit haven-ministries – org.
There were smiles all around when Haven Ministries held an open house for the public to see the newly- designated space for its seasonal shelter at Kent Island United Methodist Church in Stevensville. The shelter which previously occupied three classrooms in the church has received a new open space including a common room consisting of a living room, dining room and kitchen, as well as an adjacent room with bunk beds to accommodate men, women and children.
According to Don Lewis, chairperson of the church’s Board of Trustees, the church reconfigured its Sunday School rooms to accommodate the changes. He comments, “The new space is less work as we no longer have to transition the space each day from one thing to another – setting up cots at night and breaking them down in the mornings. The new space can remain set up for the shelter which is a win-win for both the church and the shelter.”
He adds, “This has been a very easy transition because Haven Ministries has been operating its shelter very smoothly in the church for 10 years.”
The church has also extended its hours to accommodate the shelter, which is open from 6 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. daily. Kent Island United Methodist Church is one of 15 churches who participate in supporting the shelter. Pastor David Bennett of Kent Island United Methodist Church welcomes the newly designated shelter space, stating, “For our congregation to have the shelter in our midst is strengthening the church’s role in the community. It has helped us to understand the responsibility we have to meet the needs of the community and to care for those in our community.”
He adds, “I hope the relationship we and other churches have had with the Haven Ministries will help the community understand that the people here just need a little bit of help. Homelessness is something our community can embrace – we don’t have to be fearful of it.”
According to Mia Cranford, Fundraising Coordinator for Haven Ministries, “The new shelter space has come alive. There is a positive energy now which translates into our mission to help people feel at home here and to work toward eventually having this feeling again in their own homes.”
Haven Ministries has focused on providing a very homey and comfortable space for its guests. Cots have been replaced with permanent bunk beds and small Sunday School chairs have been replaced with comfortable overstuffed couches and chairs, as well as café tables for eating. The furnishings and paint for the new space were funded by private donations to Haven Ministries.
Cranford adds, “The church is showing the love of Christ by welcoming shelter guests to the newly configured space. It has really been a community effort. Local artist Sue Stockman of St. Michaels, MD, was commissioned to create a beautiful mural for the shelter’s common space.”
Stockman recalls Haven Ministries executive director Krista Pettit wanted a mural designed specifically for the space to go along with all new and special furnishings throughout. After Pettit received a grant from Richard Marks from Dock Street Foundation, the mural was created. Stockman thought the mural was a great metaphor for the lives of homeless individuals – taking things broken and discarded to create something beautiful out of them, making everyone feel valuable and hopeful.”
Stockman adds, “The mural was also a very personal project for me, as my ex-husband died last year and was homeless at the time of his death.”
Following her ex-husband’s death, Stockman began work on the mural with her daughter, Sequoia Chupek in their studio in St. Michaels. She states, “I recognized how important it was for us to be working together during this time. It was just as therapeutic for Sequoia as it was for me as we co-created this piece of art.” She adds, “I have learned that if we are open, things are brought to us that make a real difference in our lives. This project has had a significant impact on our lives, as well as those receiving it at the shelter. Working on the mural has helped us learn not to judge people who are homeless as they travel their own journeys.”
Haven Ministries offers a 24-hour a day program, with daytime services open to the public at the Resource Center and nighttime shelter services at the shelter, except for weekends when its Resource Center is closed. In addition to its seasonal shelter and Resource Center at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Centreville, the organization operates a Thrift Store, Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and a Food Pantry on the third Friday of every month. For further information or to become a Friend of Haven Ministries, visit haven-ministries.org or call 410-739-4363.
Salisbury, February 24, 2017 – Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Eastern Shore Inc. (BBBSES) is pleased to announce its designation as an independent affiliate of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and the hiring of Jessica Mimms as its Executive Director.
Since 1982, various sister agencies in the Big Brother Big Sister family have overseen services on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. In July 2016, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Eastern Shore was formed to oversee and manage these services locally. All funds raised for the program will stay here on the Shore. The agency will continue to serve youth in Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s, Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester Counties. The agency is a member of the United Way of Kent County, United Way of Queen Anne’s County and the United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore. The agency has its offices in downtown Salisbury.
BBBSES was officially approved as an independent affiliate of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America in October 2016 and has been incorporated and recognized by the IRS as a 501c3 charitable organization. “We are pleased the children of the Eastern Shore will continue to be served by Big Brothers Big Sisters,” said Greg Zweber, Vice President of Affiliate Support and Compliance at Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.
Big Brothers Big Sisters believes that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and youth (“Littles”), ages 6 to 18, throughout our community. BBBSES develops positive mentoring relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of our young people. For the youth and the volunteers who have been involved with the agency, no real change will occur. So far this year, the agency has served 392 children – 77 through one-to-one mentoring – and currently has another 127 children on the waiting list to be matched to a mentor.
A local Board of Directors will oversee the finances and the work of the agency. Directors are Gail Foltz (Board Chair), Robby Sheehan (Vice Chair), Karen Bell (Treasurer), John Allen, Jr., Allyson Bernard-Church, Clifton Harcum, Shawn Harrison, Dr. Dan Ervin, Joshua Nordstrom, Mike Pretl, Andrew Steck, and James Sweet.
Executive Director, Jessica Mimms has worked in the Big Brothers Big Sisters world since 2003 and brings a great deal of hands-on program experience to the agency. “It is an honor to continue the great work of Big Brothers Big Sisters on the Eastern Shore. Over the past thirteen years I have seen firsthand the positive impact our programs have had on the lives of local children,” said Mimms.
If you are interested in providing financial, leadership or mentoring support, or need a mentor for your child, for more information, please visit www.shorebiglittle.org, call 410-543-BIGS (2447), or write us. Our address is: BBBSES, 200 W. Main Street, 3rd Floor, Salisbury, MD 21801.
United Way Board Members (Lt to Rt) Bobby Smith of Federal Resources, Stephanie Tyler of CNB, Heather Bacher of M&T Bank presenting the check to Chesterwye Center’s Executive Director Debra Langseth, Board Members Larissa Costello with Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc., and Dick Sossi, past State Delegate.
Upon hearing the news that the Chesterwye Center had suffered the loss of a residential unit from a recent fire, the United Way of Queen Anne’s County decided that they had to support this worthy non-profit during their time of need.
According to the United Way President, Todd Wilhoit, “We typically only allocate funds through our yearly Allocation Application process, but sometimes a special need presents itself and we decided as a board that we wanted to step up.”
The donation of $1,000 is just a small step in the healing process but Chesterwye’s Executive Director, Debra Langseth was truly touched. “The community has been so supportive and we are thankful! From the volunteer firemen that responded to the call, to the American Red Cross who has helped us find shelter for the displaced residents, and now our local United Way!”