There are a few tangible things in life that most people take for granted; a mailbox or a telephone, a warm shelter from the cold, a caring friend to turn to. However there are people who struggle every day to secure these basic essentials. Because of factors such as mental illness, lack of steady employment, medical problems, domestic violence, and substance abuse, there are individuals who find themselves seeking solace, but instead encounter stress. Rather than gaining the support they desire, they face rejection and are left feeling indignant and hopeless. In response to these truths, the Mental Health Association of Morris County, Trinity Lutheran Church of Dover and Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church of Oldwick agreed to collaborate and establish Edna’s Haven, a place that will offer a sense of community, belonging, and temporary relief from the pressures of poverty.
With positive encouragement and by utilizing existing community resources, the Edna’s Haven mission statement vows to:
· Provide a safe and welcoming daytime refuge for all
· Renew hope
· Give comfort
· Foster self sufficiency
· Enrich lives
Edna’s Haven is being funded by an extraordinary pledge by Zion Lutheran Church. Through this generous contribution, Edna’s Haven operates out of Trinity Lutheran Church. A public restroom, refreshment center, computer center, and television are all available for guests Monday through Friday between the hours of 12:30 and 4:00 pm. Edna’s Haven also provides case management services, job searching/interviewing skills, and even serves as a mailing address and telephone contact when applying for work.
Edna’s Haven is supervised by MHA. The program coordinator, Sean Fortner, is a Mental Health Association of Morris County employee who serves as a liaison between the individuals utilizing services at Edna’s Haven and social service programs that provide case management, supportive housing, medical assistance, and outreach services to those in need.
For those who are not fortunate enough to have shelter, companionship, and bountiful amenities, Edna’s Haven is exactly what it's name implies, a haven for those in need.
Donations and bequests to insure the continuation of this service are gratefully accepted. For more information about Edna’s Haven or to find out how you can volunteer your time and talents, please contact the church office.