Welcoming Adults and Children With a Parent
Open Every Night- 7 PM to 7 AM
Monday -Friday from 5:45 - 6:15 PM @ Grace By the Sea - 540 SE Pioneer Way, Oak Harbor
Saturday and Sunday from 5:45 - 6:15 PM @ Flintstone Park Picnic Shelter -SE Bayshore Drive, Oak Harbor
Transportation Provided To and From Shelter
Evening Snacks and Simple Morning Breakfast
Cots and Bedding Provided
The opening of The Haven in the spring of 2017 greatly expanded the number of homeless men, women, and children being served by the Whidbey Homeless Coalition. The Haven, which is open 365 nights a years now serves an average of 25 guests per night. The Haven serves people who have been homeless for years, some who are suffering from mental illness, or substance use disorder, as well as those who have lost their housing due to job loss or lack of affordable housing. Many have been living in their cars, tents, or on the street.
The Haven partners with Grace by the Sea, where Haven staff do intake for the shelter and help Haven guests link to services such as the Housing Support Center. A generous donor is funding a three month pilot to see if working one on one with guests to make referrals changes lives in even small positive ways.
Volunteers are the heart of the effort of keeping the doors of The Haven open. Each night, a “host volunteer" spends the night at The Haven, alongside Haven staff, who open The Haven in the evening, close it in the morning, and manage all aspects of it. The role of the Host Volunteer is to build relationship with guests, offer them hospitality, and assure that the Shelter remains a restful and safe place, respectful to all who are there. Volunteer Hosts receive a 90 minute training before serving at the Shelter and are required to pass a background check.
But that is not the only volunteer role; Volunteers bring snacks, pancake breakfasts, reading literature, and toys for children. They also do the laundry twice a week, assuring fresh bed linens.
And, without the help of the faith community in Oak Harbor, the Haven wouldn't exist. The Christian Reform Church served as the first location to generously host the Haven under it’s roof. Since then, the First United Methodist Church of Oak Harbor and the First Reform Church of Oak Harbor have also so graciously shared their space with the Haven to ensure warm, safe shelter is accessible, year-round.