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There are so many families suffering in our community, but you can help.  A donation to Family Haven will help our families immensely.  This will be the first step in stabilizing their lives so they can care for themselves and their families.

Ways to help

Needs list:
Our families desperately need these items.  If you're able to donate, please bring items to ICCF, Family Haven or call to arrange pickup. 

Bundles of food including breakfast, lunch, and dinner foods (non-perishable, stove top only)  cereal, canned soups, peanut butter and jelly, pastas, pasta sauces, tuna fish, canned meat, Ramen noodles, spaghetti, Tuna/Hamburger Helper and condiments

Kitchen Supplies
Paper plates/cups, dishcloths, dishtowels, paper towels, napkins, cleaning supplies (Pinesol, Ajax, bleach, toilet cleaner) 5 brooms and dust pans, 5 mops and buckets, laundry detergent, tall kitchen garbage cans (13-gallon), trash bags and silverware

Bathroom Supplies
Shower curtains with lining and hooks, toiletries (toothpaste/toothbrushes, hairbrushes/combs, shower gel, shampoos, toilet paper, diapers (all sizes), feminine products, first aid supplies and disposable toilet brushes

Apartment Supplies
Window blinds (white) 23, 27, 30, 36 inches, 2 outdoor push brooms with dust pans, hand trowels for weeding and 40-gallon trash bags

Clothing (children and adult)
Gently-used winter clothing for youth and adults (hats, mittens, boots, and coats)

Gas cards and bus passes

Do you have an available apartment?  Let us know.  We may have a family who can rent it.  Call Deb at (616) 247-4949.

Jill’s Story
Once a month, when a family moves out of a Family Haven apartment, I go in, clean it and restock it with linens and supplies for the next family.  I bring donated items so when a family moves out they can take those things with them.  I think we’re here on earth to help others and this is a way I can do that.
Family Haven allows families to get their feet back on the ground.  It gives families a sense of home even though they’re in a shelter because it’s a safe place where a family can stay together.  Family Haven is a place where kids can play and parents can receive financial, parental or spiritual guidance.  It’s more than a shelter.  Family Haven empowers families to take the next step.

When families move in, they seem ashamed and worn, but when I see families leaving, they’re like new people.  They have a new outlook on life; they’re grateful and excited.  Nothing is better than that!                                                                       
- Jill, Family Haven Volunteer


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