By DANIEL SUDDEATH
Spend any length of time inside Haven House Services and you will be told the homeless shelter is just like any other residence in that common wares and goods are needed daily.
The only difference is unlike a typical household, Haven House is home for dozens of people, which only makes the needs greater.
On Saturday, area businesses, churches and organizations stepped up to meet some of those needs.
The day was filled with donations, as Clark Memorial Hospital and Beach Mold and Tool dropped off more than 300 coats at the shelter while also sponsoring a party with treats and face painting for the kids.
On Saturday morning, a group of employees from the Louisville consulting and investment firm Mercer brought scarves, gloves and close to 100 coats to Haven House.
Employees also collected close to $1,300 in recent weeks and donated the sum to Haven House. Beth Grammer of Mercer helped organize the fundraiser and clothing drive for the shelter.
They used various fashion themes such as denim and bad Christmas sweater days to raise money, as Mercer workers would contribute to the pot in order to sport blue jeans to work.
Grammer said Mercer has several customers and clients in Southern Indiana, and thus the business wanted to do something in the local community to aid the less fortunate.
“It was an easy choice,” Grammer said of donating to Haven House. “This is a great cause. Especially around the holiday, it’s good to know we can help someone.”
For the past year, middle school children and pastors from the youth group at Little Flock Baptist Church in Shepherdsville, Ky. have made regular trips to Haven House to provide and serve meals to the residents.
Saturday was no exception, as Little Flock Middle School Ministry Leader Brian Buchanan said charity is needed throughout the year.
“A lot of churches think you only have to come out and serve at Thanksgiving and at Christmas, and that’s just not the case,” he said.
Haven House welcomed the church group and the kids were immediately able to begin serving the homeless and needy when the mission started a year ago, Buchanan said.
“We were just looking to be helpers somewhere,” he said.
In an effort to keep the homeless fed and sheltered, Haven House is constantly seeking food, clothing and financial contributions. For more information, call 812-284-3373, or visit the website www.havenhouseservices.org
WANT TO HELP?
Hold your own coat drive — visit www.onewarmcoat.org