121 Whitehills Dr, East Lansing, MI 48823
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Our missionHaven House provides emergency housing and support services for single-parent and two-parent families with children. The shelter helps families who are homeless prepare for permanent housing by developing and promoting self-sufficiency, stability and financial responsibility.

Haven House

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Supervise Youth Activities

If you or a group are looking to engage with children of all ages, then look no further! During your time volunteering, you will be a role model and mentor for children in shelter while providing them an outlet to just be kids during this difficult time.You will have the opportunity to plan activities or take advantage of our games, toys, and arts & crafts supplies.
  • Occasional, Weekly, Monthly
  • Teens, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals, Groups (2-10)
  • Indoor
  • None, On-site
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Cook a Meal for Our Residents

Dinner is prepared every night at Haven House for the families staying in our shelter. Making dinner for our residents is a great way to give back with a group or by yourself! You can sign up for one-time opportunities or set up a weekly or monthly plan to prepare meals. Dinner is served at 5:30 pm. A dinner menu is drafted monthly and all the ingredients are here for you.
  • One-time, Occasional, Weekly, Monthly
  • Teens, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals, Groups (2-10)
  • Indoor
  • None, On-site
  • Evenings

Fundraising/Marketing & Graphic Design

Haven House depends upon the support of the community to help end local homelessness. This can mean anything from large-scale corporate donations to grassroots fundraising, and it's often our volunteers and friends of the shelter who make this happen. If you have experience with business communication, marketing, graphic design, or just have a passion for helping the homeless, then we have an opportunity for you. Our fundraising and marketing volunteers help coordinate events with local organizations, such as special meals where a portion of the proceeds are donated to Haven House or supply drives collecting urgent needs for the families in our shelter. Volunteering at Haven House may also qualify you for an internship through your college, university, or professional organization. Utilize your skill with marketing, media, and graphic design to help families in crisis, build your resume, and cultivate your skills.
  • Occasional, Weekly, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Event support, Indoor
  • Skilled
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Welcome Families to Haven House

The Haven House office is open from 8 am to 8 pm, and either a staff member or volunteer is present at all times to assist the families and visitors who may call or visit. This is a great way to regularly volunteer one day a week for 2-4 hours and help homeless families seeking shelter, staff with small projects, collect and store much needed donations from the community, etc.
  • Weekly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Group Volunteering & Shelter Upkeep

Are you a part of a group or club that's looking for more volunteer opportunities? Haven House offers a variety of options when it comes to giving back. With families moving into and out of Haven House every week, we have to work constantly to keep the shelter looking good. The shelter could always use some extra landscaping, maintenance, and other outdoor help. There is always a need for children's activities and volunteers as well as groups that can help paint, cook dinner for residents, organize, and help spread the word about Haven House.You can help us put our best foot forward by chipping in with routine maintenance inside and out. If you have a technical certification or operate a business, you may even be able to donate your labor for a tax deduction!
  • One-time, Occasional
  • Teens, 55+, Adults
  • Groups (2-10), Groups (10+), Corporate Teams
  • Physical, Indoor, Outdoor
  • None, On-site, Skilled
  • Weekdays, Weekends
How you helpYour passion can change lives. Whether you love cooking, you're a natural leader, or you've just been looking for a way to give back, our Volunteer & Projects Manager can help you identify some rewarding tasks and create the ideal volunteer role.
About usHaven House has provided temporary shelter for homeless families since 1983. Over the years, the scope of our programs and services has increased dramatically. Not only do we support our residents with basic needs such as shelter, food, clothing, and personal needs items, but we have developed programs that will make an impact on the lives of our families after they have left our shelter. Giving our residents the opportunity to improve their lives through goal setting, training, and education enables them to become more productive and less apt to become homeless in the future.
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