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Photo by Pat Sunderland On behalf of the Delta Christian Church Gleaners, Barb VanTassel presents a $500 check to Rose Verheul and Derek Hilburger of Haven House.

A special offering conducted by the Gleaners at Delta Christian Church went to Haven House this year. During the month of October, members of the church were invited to drop donations in a handmade pink pig. The coins and bills added up to $500.

"We would like to express our appreciation to the ladies of Gleaners and to Delta Christian Church for their support," said Larry Fredericksen, one of the founding members of Haven House.

Haven House is a faith-based organization that assists families and individuals in adjusting from homelessness to a self-sustaining lifestyle. The organization provides transitional shelter, guidance, counseling and support programs for homeless families with children.

Support programs include tutoring and mentoring for kids, parenting skills, conflict (anger) management, budgeting, nutrition, cooking and programs to improve parent-child relationships.

Haven House is not a short-term or emergency shelter; the ultimate goal is to help residents into permanent housing with confidence and the tools needed to become productive community members.

Haven House is located on North River Road between Olathe and Delta. The facility was once used for migrant housing; today, the 36-unit building provides a secure environment for families in a park-like setting.

For more information, visit www.havenhousehomeless.org.

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