His Haven is an organization created with the intention of offering solutions for the development of individual growth, building strong families, and creating communities that will thrive on their own.
We are excited to be participating in an upcoming gala hosted by the Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes on Friday, November 18, 2023! The event will take place at the Elmira Country Club from 6 pm to 10 pm.
What is the Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes?
The mission of the Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes is simple – to live, give, and thrive. They believe in leveraging the power of philanthropy to create a great place to allow them to carry out that mission.
The Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes is a non-profit organization that strives to provide a wide array of services to donors wishing to establish endowed and non-endowed funds to encourage giving in the community forever.
By offering these services they strive to build trust within the community to breathe life into the entire Finger Lakes and Elmira-Corning region.
His Haven is Participating in the Gala’s Silent Auction
Community members are more than welcome to attend the Gala hosted by the Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes. They will be given the opportunity to bid on the piece His Haven has provided, which will in turn fund the program being auctioned off.
Celebrate You Birthday Debut will be geared toward children ages 5 – 12. More specifically, it is an event specifically designed for children impacted by foster care and or parental incarceration.
His Haven currently works with Angel Tree, an organization that services children impacted by parental incarceration. Todd and Julia Moss are also currently serving the community as foster parents, so they will be working to get the word out to their extensive local network of foster families as well.
This event will include fun activities such as:
- Face painting
- Dance Party
- Craft table
- Decorating your own cupcakes
- Goodie bags
- Fun group games
- …and more!
Celebrate You Birthday Debut will be held locally in Elmira in support of one of our area businesses.
How Can You Help His Haven in Elmira?
His Haven strives to offer hope to our local communities. We have real solutions to develop individual growth, build strong families, and create thriving communities.
You can help make your local community a better place to live and work, while also promoting your local business by sponsoring His Haven as a corporate sponsor. Corporate sponsors that donate $100 a month or more to His Haven will receive an acknowledgment, promotion, and a link to your website on our main page.
You can also be a part of the solution by becoming a member partner. Member partners that support His Haven by donating $20 a month or more will receive updates and they will have access to our members-only portal.
As always we encourage community members to actively participate in the change they wish to see in their community. If you are interested in volunteering with His Haven, please contact us today! Currently, community members and local organizations and churches such as ARC, BOCES, Penn Ave Methodist Church, Youth Bureau, Elmira College, Pine City Christian Church, Work Force, Chemung Volunteer Action Corp, and Senior Employment Community Work Program provide hundreds of both paid and volunteer hours to His Haven each month. Giving looks good on you Elmira, and we hope to see more of it every day!
At His Haven, we know there are so many Elmira children in need of winter wear as the season changes. We have been so blessed to be able to host clothing giveaway events to offer gentle support to the children in our local community.
His Haven’s Kid’s Coat Giveaway
On Friday, October 14, we welcomed our community to our Southside location for our Kid’s Coat Giveaway. We served 28 children and their families by providing gently used or new coats, hats, gloves, and other cold-weather necessities.
It was so heartwarming to see how many people donated winterwear their kids had outgrown. People love to give to those in need, and we provide them with an opportunity to do just that.
We want to thank Penn Ave. Methodist Church for making and serving more than 125 hot meals during our free community dinner, which took place at the same time.
Don’t Miss Our Jammie Drive!
One of the best parts about winter is warm and cozy pajamas! We’re so excited about our Jammie Drive for children ages birth through 18. That’s coming up quickly on December 9, 2022, at His Haven Southside.
If you have new or gently used pajamas that you’d love to bless someone else with, consider donating them to His Haven!
Other Free Clothing Options in the Elmira Area
If you missed our Kid’s Coat Giveaway and your family is in need, there are many additional ways you can get the support you need.
Bethany Lutheran Church on Elmira’s southside has a children’s clothing closet open on Mondays. Call for an appointment!
The Neighborhood Transformation Center is located on Church Street in Elmira, and they often host community events, including clothing drives.
His Tabernacle Family Church in Horseheads has a ministry called Matthew 25 that often hosts clothing giveaways throughout the year. Every winter, children can receive warm winter coats, hats, gloves, and other items thanks to donors.
Tips for Families: Ways to Find Free or Inexpensive Kids Clothing
Parents with growing families need all the support they can get. If you have struggled to find free or inexpensive clothes for your children, here are some tips that can help.
Tip #1: Make Use of Hand-Me-Downs
Children grow so fast! The clothes that fit your oldest child last year may not fit them again this year. Pass those items on to your younger children. You may even want to ask your family and friends for hand-me-downs too.
Tip #2: Join a Swap Group
Clothing swap groups can easily be found on Facebook, and they’re a lot of fun too. These groups are great for meeting other families and supporting each other as your children grow.
Tip #3: Shop at Consignment or Thrift Stores
Local thrift and consignment stores like The Salvation Army often have great deals and excellent quality too. Shopping at these stores is a fantastic way to save money and find new-to-your-children clothing for any season.
Contact His Haven About Other Upcoming Events for Your Child!
At His Haven, we love supporting our local community, and it gives us so much joy to see the smiles on children’s and parents’ faces when they attend our special events geared toward children.
Like our Facebook page for up-to-date information about our next events. And please contact us to learn more!
His Haven genuinely loves people and aims to train and equip people with the necessary tools to reach their highest possible potential. His Haven believes a great way to do this is by offering a myriad of programs and events in the community.
His Haven is all about relationship building. Whether it’s a planned event purely for fun purposes or an event to help someone in need, His Haven believes these events strengthen the community and give people hope when they need it most. Although His Haven has two centrally located facilities, read on to learn about the many events taking place at His Haven Northside at 346 Woodlawn Ave in Elmira.
After-School Drop-In Program
This program is one that we are super excited about! Your children can attend this program after school Monday-Thursday from 3:30-5:30 pm. His Haven is offering gentle academic support and has planned a number of fun activities for the children. Parents can rest assured that their children are in good hands!
Wildlife Wednesday Tanglewood Visits
We are super excited to introduce these special Tanglewood opportunities for your kids! On October 12th and 26th, His Haven will host Tanglewood from 4:30 – 5:30 PM. his event gives you and your child the opportunity to learn and see and touch different species of animals that are not native to our community. We encourage everyone to come out and visit us on these dates for fun, skilled, hands-on learning!
Kids Farmers Market
A Kid’s Farmer’s market? How cool! Farmer’s Markets are already fun, but a farmer’s market geared toward and run by children is even more fun!
On the first Thursday of every month during the school year, from 3:30– 5:30 PM, your child can visit His Haven Northside and have lots of fun helping stock produce, organizing bins of fruits and vegetables, and also having the wonderful opportunity of walking around and exploring different kinds of fruits and vegetables. Each child will be given the opportunity to choose some delicious and nutritious produce to take home with them to share with their family.
Coats for Kids
The Coats for Kids event, hosted by His Haven Southside, is an awesome time for kids of all ages to come and choose a winter coat so they are well-prepared for the upcoming winter season.
Although it is absolutely not necessary, we also encourage families to donate any coats or jackets they may no longer need. Giving looks good on you, Elmira; we’d love to see more of it!
*Coming Soon* Friday Fish Fry
You read that right! When Frontline Ministries occupied our Northside building, they had an incredible Friday Fish Fry. They sold out every week! We’ve had so many people ask us if we plan to continue offering fish fry, and it’s coming soon!
Every Friday, you and your family will be able to head over to His Haven Woodlawn and pick up some delicious, classic fish fry.
We hope you all enjoy it because we sure will!
Join Us at His Haven Woodlawn!
His Haven is just that, a haven for those in the community to come and find the unconditional love and support they need. More than anything, we love watching people become who God created them to be.
The above events are just some of the ways we strive to help and inspire the community. We hope you can attend one or maybe even a couple of these events.
Would you like to volunteer at His Haven, or would you like to learn more about upcoming events? Contact us today!
At His Haven, our goal is to genuinely love, train, and equip people to reach their highest potential by networking or providing them with the necessary tools, favorable opportunities, and optimal conditions. This allows us to support individuals and families as they strive to reach their desired, God-given level of excellence.
Since 2019, His Haven has been honored to have the opportunity to pour love, life, and hope into Elmira and surrounding communities in Elmira, NY. The ministry specifically addresses serious issues, such as poverty, homelessness, individuals impacted by abuse, incarceration, and those coming out of addiction. His Haven is the umbrella organization, but all of our programs fall under His Haven in one of four divisions designed to uniquely meet the needs of all the s individuals and families that come through our doors.
We love families, and our Metro Kids Program is a great way to spread that love! His Haven regularly schedules events all year long to support families and to give children fun activities to participate in. Children love our special activity days and programs like Under the Tree From Me, which allow them to shop for gifts for their families. We also have our Kids Farmers Market, Summer Drop-In Program, After School Drop-In Program, and so much more!
Many older adults in the Elmira area live in care facilities but do not have family members nearby. Others live independently but need emotional support. Our Senior Smiles Program offers that to them, and it includes a healthy dose of fun too.
Adults with Purpose
His Haven’s Adults with Purpose Program includes various services for men and women within our local community. It specifically targets domestic violence victims, people recovering from addiction, single parents, or homeless individuals.
One of our favorite parts of Adults with Purpose is our Priori-Day Programs, which make certain groups of people a priority. For instance, around Mother’s Day, we host Beautiful You Day, which is a day for women to come and enjoy getting pampered. Women can get their hair cut and styled, get manicures and/or pedicures, get new business casual clothing, and more. We also have a Priori-Day for men called Steak and Shave Men’s Day. This event is held the day before Father’s Day, and it is specifically targeted at homeless men and veterans. His Haven also provides supervised visitation services for families with court-ordered supervised visits. We are also members of the Supervised Visitation Network.
His Haven Southside partners with the Pine City Methodist Church to offer free food distribution to our local community through our Community Kitchen Program on the first and fourth Friday of the month. Pick-up and dine-in meals are available. At our Woodlawn Court location on the Northside of Elmira, we enjoy having special events and dinners throughout the year.
Find Purpose at His Haven
So many people in our community are struggling, and His Haven is blessed to be a part of the solution for individuals and families in Elmira. Our services are not designed to be a “bandaid”; instead, we want to come alongside those who need us and provide them with the tools they need to propel themselves forward, embrace their God-given purpose, and thrive.
Would you like to volunteer at His Haven? Would you like more information on our programs? Please contact us.
It’s back-to-school season! His Haven hopes that your children have enjoyed their first few weeks of school. We know how challenging it can be to get used to a new schedule once summer is over. We also know that it’s super easy to forget important items your children might need for school because of the rush to make sure they’re ready for their first day. That’s exactly why we decided to schedule our clothing giveaway event for a few weeks after the school year was underway.
We hope you’ll join us on Friday, September 23rd from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm for our Back-to-School FREE Kids’ Clothing Drop and Community Dinner!
His Haven’s Back-to-School Free Kids’ Clothing Drop
We have been so blessed to receive many new and gently used children’s clothing items from individuals, businesses, and organizations in the Elmira community for this event. Here’s just an example of what we will have on hand for your child to choose from:
- Shirts for all seasons
- Dresses and skirts
- Pants for boys and girls
- …much more!
We have just about every size, too, so we’re confident that you’ll be able to find items that your children will need now or even later on in the school year.
And if you can’t find exactly what you’re looking for, no worries! We’re always getting donations, and we may just get some of the items you were looking for in for our next giveaway. We’d love to have you come back!
Pre-Registration for the Free Kid’s Clothing Drop is required, so if you and your family plan to attend, please click here to secure your spot on September 23rd.
Please Stay for Our Community Dinner!
Once you’ve found everything you need for your kids, we hope your family will stick around or return a little later to have dinner with us! Dinner is free and is scheduled to start at 5:00 pm and end at 6:00 pm. No pre-registration is required for the dinner.
There’s truly nothing better than having members of our community get together to eat and enjoy some great conversation. Our community dinners are a great place for parents to meet each other and for the children to make some new friends too!
Let’s not forget the food! All our meals are specially prepared, home-cooked meals for our guests! We’re keeping what’s for dinner a secret for now, but we can promise you – it will be outstanding!
About Our Metro Kids Program
At His Haven, families are important to us. We love having the opportunity to support them, which is why we developed our Metro Kids Program.
When your family participates in Metro Kids, you can enjoy:
- Activities during school holidays
- Summer youth camps
- Under the Tree From Me Christmas Shopping Program
- Special holiday parties
- Special activity days like postal stamping and Lego events
We do so many things for our community’s families that it’s nearly impossible to list them all here. We’re always coming up with new ideas to support you and your children.
Our Back-to-School Kids’ Clothing Drop and Community Dinner event will be held at our Southside location, 559 Spaulding St. in Elmira. We hope to see you there!
Do you want more information on His Haven and how you can get involved? Please contact us!