View some statements from those who have been impacted by the efforts of The Haven.
"To me, The Haven is hope & love. Hope for a happier future and love that is unconditional. The Haven was my place to release my most painful experience with someone who genuinely cared about me and helped me start my healing process. The Haven is the place you go for peace of mind, the comfort of a friend, and true empathy."
"I was living on the street and did not have a place to stay. I met Ms. Gerri & Ms. Linda and they told me about the resources they can help with. They also explained that I had to do my part too. The Haven helped me: receive disability benefits, obtain medical benefits & assistance (they even took me to my appointments), and a place to live. I no longer live on the street and have become a better person."
"Ms. Gerri came up to me one day and said “you sit here everyday, why don’t you come join the group and we will help you”. I took a chance and through The Haven I have: set up a way to receive mail, obtained medical assistance, began working on disability benefits, obtained Snap benefits, and interacted with group members. I am still homeless, but I am hopeful. I am no longer invisible."
"I love what the program has done for me. The program has helped me in the way I think about things now. I make better decisions, know what’s important in life, learned to work as a team, learned how to love others as well as myself. This all would not be possible without the love and trust of two very loving important ladies, Ms. Gerri & Ms. Linda."
"This program has really helped me out a lot. This program has helped me out spiritually, mentally, and physically. I know now that I can get through this. Thank you Ms. Gerri & Ms. Linda for all you have done for me."
"This group has lifted a lot of weight off my shoulders. Before I joined the group, I didn’t know where to turn. I had lost all hope and even considered killing myself. Until one day, I was directed to this group. Ms. Gerri told me “Ms. Vanessa, give me a year & I’ll help you get where you need to be!”. I’m half way there and do believe that I will make it with their help. Bless Ms. Gerri & Ms. Linda who stick their necks out to help us. I love these ladies!"
"Before I met Ms. Gerri, my life was a mess and I didn’t know what direction I was going in. I had been sleeping on the streets for 10 years and it was taking a toll on my health. When Ms. Gerri got me to join the program, my life began to change. Gerri told me “Kenny, I can help you, but it won’t be 2 days, a week, or 3 months. However, I promise you that by this time next year, youmwon’t be homeless”. I put my trust in her and guess what? With-in that one year, I received medical assistance, disability benefits, and my own place! I came from homelessness to home!"
"Ms. Gerri & Ms. Linda have helped me in ways that no one else has. They love & Support me, and listen when I have problems and have no one to talk to. Ms. Gerri doesn’t look at us differently, she says that we are one big family. Ms. Linda lets us know that we are all here for a reason and that they will help us. This program is the best!"
"The Haven is dedicated to serving the homeless population in Spartanburg. This non-profit is passionate and motivated to help those in need in our community!"
"Great work! What a wonderful service you are providing to your community."
"Thanks for all your work and support you have provided to myself and others"