Thank you to everyone who came to the Haven of Portage County work day in July! Our goal was to have an event that drew not just our church but volunteers from all the churches and organizations who have prayed and are committed to helping the homeless and trafficked in Portage County. The day was a success not just in light of the tremendous amount of work accomplished: scraping exterior paint, removing old flooring and drywall, painting and putting fresh primer on interior walls inside, and clearing the back lot by cutting trees and brush. By far, the greater success was in just getting started on the facility in a tangible way and working alongside everyone who also has a passion to provide help in Jesus’ name.
The Haven now has a board of directors, people from PCC, Riverwood Chapel, and community leaders. The board meets bi-weekly and is focusing on getting The Haven up and running as an organization while moving the plans for the building and property along. Right now, we’re still waiting to hear from the zoning department about what we are permitted to do with the property as defined by the current zoning laws. Once we have these answers, work can begin on blueprints and construction estimates.
All of this planning takes time and it can be easy to be frustrated by what we may see as a roadblock or delay to doing tangible ministry. For PCC, this whole journey has been a series of steps in faith, waiting on God’s timing and will. We will continue to be patient and move ahead as God gives opportunity and direction, knowing His timing is perfect.
The Center of Hope will use The Haven’s facility this fall for their Thanksgiving and Christmas giveaways. Each year, they need a large area to stage the hundreds of food boxes and gifts they provide to the community. The building they used last year now has a tenant and we’re glad to provide a building they can use and share our vision for The Haven with the people already helping and volunteering for the Center of Hope.
Steppingstones Pathway will host a fundraiser for The Haven of Portage Count at PCC on September 24. Called “A Night of Hope,” this event will be free to the community and feature local Christian musicians, a kids corner, and local vendors and businesses. Doors open at 5 and the event finishes at 8 pm with a candlelight service. The event will raise funds for The Haven through business involvement and at the same time, raise awareness in the community.
If you want to follow progress and get updates directly from The Haven, sign up for email updates at www.portagehaven.org and follow their page on Facebook at Haven of Portage County.