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The Joan Albert Lawler Memorial Fund has been established to support programs at The Haven which directly impact the children who are victims of violence.  This fund will ensure that resources are readily available to provide services to youth in our community as well as protect the future of these programs by providing match funding to grants received from the Department of Criminal Justice and Department of Social Services.

With your contribution to the Joan Albert Lawler Memorial Fund, The Haven will have the safeguards in place to help hundreds more children over the next decade grow to become adults who can from peaceful and healthy futures.

Over the next five years, The Haven will be expanding our shelter facility to include a dedicated children’s space for groups and staff offices as well as expanding our community outreach to create community safeguards to protect children within youth environments. To reach these goals, we need to raise $500,000 within the next four years.

In 2019, we will improve the safety and therapeutic value of our emergency shelter facility with the addition of the Joan Albert Lawler Children and Youth Services Annex.  By meeting our fundraising goals for this project, we will better serve children and youth who have experienced the trauma of family and/or sexual violence in our new, expanded space.




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The Annex project consists of enlarging our shelter facility with a 25’x24’ dedicated, indoor space for our children services staff and the children and youth staying at our shelter facility.  Currently, space for our children’s intake, group, and one-on-one parenting support is shared with other staff offices and is multi-purpose.  This addition of space will not only give our child services staff and parents the ability to have meaningful, trauma-informed interactions with the children who are residing in the shelter, but it will allow for a space that is devoted to our Children Services Programming. The enclosure will include three rooms. There will be two 10x12 rooms for staff offices and space to meet with program participants and a 15’x12’ open play/education center equipped with tables and chairs, etc.  The space will be accessible to all with entrances from our courtyard and kitchen.

For more information or to make a contribution by way of stock/bequest/cash/check, contact Cupper Dickinson at (804) 333-1099.

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