Programs and Services

"Haven is the place where God put me so I could get closer to Him; to know more about Him, to walk with Him." - Alice, Harvest Home resident

Emergency Services

Haven of Rest Services and ProgramsOur emergency services are available free of charge to all in need. We provide hot meals, overnight shelter, clothing, showers, laundry and other vital services.

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Providing safe shelter has always been a key part of Haven of Rest’s efforts to help. During this past fiscal year, 67,244 nights of safe, clean lodging were provided to men, women and children who would otherwise have spent the night on the street.

Haven of Rest’s 37,000 square foot Client Services Center was built in response to a need for additional facilities that would make possible a more effective ministry to the steadily growing number of homeless and disadvantaged people in greater Akron and the surrounding seven-county area. The Center contains a men’s day room, women’s day room, 100-bed men’s dormitory, and a clothing receiving and distribution area.

Men’s Day Room Ministry: The men’s day room is the entry point for homeless men to begin the rehabilitation process that will lead to the stabilization and reestablishment of their lives.

As the homeless come in off the streets, they find a variety of essential services available to them, including laundry, showers, and mail pick-up. In addition, there are counseling rooms where they can meet privately with Haven of Rest staff or other social service agency workers to discuss problems and needs. Classroom space is also provided for life skills training, Bible studies, and group meetings.

Lodging Ministry: The Client Services Center’s 100-bed men dormitory provides safe, clean lodging for homeless men who would otherwise spend their nights alone and in danger on the streets. The dormitory includes a special 10-bed section that is used by men who have secured night jobs and need a place to sleep during the day.

Clothing Receiving and Distribution: Each month, Haven of Rest is the recipient of thousands of pounds of donated new and used clothing which is processed, stored, and dispensed at the Client Services Center’s receiving and distribution area. A donation drive-through is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. It is closed on Sunday.

In the clothing display area, hundreds of apparel items for men are available at no cost. Except for emergencies, “shopping” is by voucher only. Each voucher is good for one visit, and one visit is permitted each month.

Women’s Division

 

Women’s Day Room Ministry:
The women’s day room is the entry point for homeless women to begin the rehabilitation process that will lead to the stabilization and re-establishment of their lives.

As the homeless come in off the streets, they find a variety of essential services available to them, including laundry, showers, telephones, and mail pick-up. In addition, there are counseling rooms where they can meet privately with Haven of Rest staff or other social service agency workers to discuss problems and needs. Classroom space is also provided for life skills training, Bible studies, and group meetings. The women’s day room includes a special quiet room where those who are pregnant or ill can rest.

Lodging Ministry:
The Harvest Home’s 15-bed women’s dormitory provides safe, clean lodging for homeless single women.

Clothing Receiving and Distribution:
Each month, Haven of Rest is the recipient of thousands of pounds of donated new and used clothing which is processed, stored, and dispensed at the Client Services Center’s receiving and distribution area. A donation drive-through is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. It is closed on Sunday.