• "Haven First helped me get my life back on track" - Taegan

  • "I was rescued by a team of very dedicated caring people always ready to listen and help" - Barrie

  • "I was in a dark low place and didn't know we're to turn haven gave me a chance to find me again" - John
  • "You gave me a chance when I was pretty much out of chances, you gave me hope when I was hopeless and you gave me your time and advice when I really needed it" - Gary
    "The haven is a safe place"- John

  • "Sheltering, Supporting and Shaping Lives"

  • "You guys are a saviour"- Gary
  • "the staff are amazing people. I was greeted by people who genuinely cared about me [...] I will always be grateful"- Angie
    "The haven is a safe place"- John
  • "My father lived in your Stevenage hostel two years ago [...] he was extremely well looked after and made good friends there"- Pheobe
    "Sheltering, Supporting and Shaping Lives"

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Our History

 

1990

 

 

 

Stevenage Housing Support group (with Chris Foster as Chairman) start up to raise awareness and address the issues of homeless in the area, with support from local church groups.

 

1992

 

 

The Winter Haven was opened in the Glebe, providing a night shelter for a period of 3 months. Social Services and the Police would refer homeless people to the volunteers running the shelter.

 

1995

 

The Winter Haven relocated to "The Lodge" in Frobisher Drive, Stevenage.

 

1996

 

 

Three years of funding was secured from Crisis under the national "Open Door scheme" allowing the shelter to remain open throughout the year.

 

1997

 

Stevenage Haven is created and registered as a UK charity. 

 

2001

 

 

Core funding increased through initiative known as, "Supporting People". The charity moved to a property on Ditchmore Lane which had been newly refurbished by Stevenage Borough Council. Our new home was opened by the Mayor and known as Chris Foster House.

 

2005

 

 

With the support of the local council, we began to increase access to suitable "move on" properties to allow our residents somewhere to move on in their journey to independent living.

 

2014

 

 

We were successful in securing the tender to manage the North Herts Sanctuary in Hitchin. We are still responsible for this now and work closely with the trustees of Helping Herts Homeless (formerly North Herts Sanctuary) who are responsible for management and upkeep of the building.

 

2015

 

Development of our brand new purpose built 40 bed shelter was completed and we moved into our new home (also on Ditchmore Lane). This building has allowed us to develop our day services and increase the number of people we are able to support.

 

 

2021

 

 

 

In February 2021 we received the green light from NHDC in regards to the planning permission for our new 40-bed purpose built hostel in Letchworth Garden City.

 

Our History

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