What began as a crisis line phone service in the homes of founding members has grown to become the major provider of shelter and counseling services for victims of domestic violence and homelessness in the Tri-Valley area.
"We've been here for 30 years because the community has needed us," explains Vicki Thompson, Associate Director of the Haven. "And because of the many volunteers in this community who help keep us going, we've been able to continue to serve those in need."
Unlike other shelters around the Bay Area that provide drop-in and as-needed housing, individuals and families who are in a crisis situation are referred to the Haven by local police, hospitals, social services and food pantries.Thompson explains, "All our services exist to help these people get back on their feet.The approach of our programs is based on social work, counseling and safety."
Over the years, the Tri-Valley Haven has expanded as other shelters and programs ended, offering a broad spectrum of services. For example, the Haven provides shelter to single fathers with children and is the only shelter that accepts families with boys over the age of 10. The Haven is also extensively involved in community outreach and education giving presentations at local schools and classes in women's self-defense to the public.
The major services offered by Tri-Valley Haven are:
"What is surprising to many residents of our community is that there are many homeless families in the Tri-Valley," says Thompson."Many women and children who seek shelter from domestic violence come from outside the area, however.That's because they must relocate to escape their abusive situation."
Beyond the many volunteers who help keep the Haven running year to year, the Haven receives financial support from a variety of sources. "Our funding is very diversified which is why we've been able to stay around for 30 years," explains Thompson. "For example, we receive funding from the Department of Public Health and Emergency Services, but we also receive corporate donations and contributions from individuals in the community."
The Haven also receives funding from its annual Pace for Peace 5K Walk/Run and Family Fair event in October, which is Domestic Awareness Month. This year's event is Saturday, October 6th at the Haven Community Building in Livermore.
"It's a really fun event," says Thompson. "Often we get business teams who compete with each other for the most pledges and walkers. We also have opportunities for businesses to sponsor the event."
The Family Fair, which takes place after the walk/run, includes live music, activities for kids, community information booths and food.
Businesses interested in sponsoring the event or making a donation may contact Ms. Thompson at (925) 449-5845 or email Vicki@trivalleyhaven.org . For more information about the Haven, or to register for the 5K Walk/Run, visit the Haven's website at www.trivalleyhaven.org .
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