Welcoming Adults and Children With a Parent
Open Every Night- 7 PM to 7:00 AM
Check-in Only at 6 PM to 6:30 PM
Grace By the Sea - 540 SE Pioneer Way, Oak Harbor
Transportation Provided To/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, often suffering from mental health or substance abuse issues 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 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. Two "Host Volunteers" spend the night at The Haven while staff open The Haven in the evening and 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 is serving as the first location for the Haven and starting in September the Haven will be housed at the First United Methodist Church in Oak Harbor.