Are you looking for a holiday giving or volunteering opportunity?  The holiday season and the winter months can be emotionally and physically difficult for individuals affected by mental illness.  This time of year especially we are in need of donations to assist our clients.  CONTACT Lori  Richardson, 610-433-6181 x 214 or to coordinate a collection drive or a drop off of items.  We will match those items with the clients who are in need!  A group of friends, families or co-workers can have a great time doing this together! 

IN-KIND Donations:

1.  COATS, gently used and clean, sweatshirts and sweaters

2. Hats/gloves/scarves gently used, clean or new

3.  Winter skin protection – chapstick, skin lotion, antibacterial hand soap,

4.  Calendars 2018 and new blank Journals — used for tracking doctor and therapy appointments, and for therapeutic journaling and goal setting

5.  NEW Coffee cups/insulated cups — holiday, pretty, funny or inspirational messaging themes are great!

6.  Coloring books, children or adult, and crayons

7.   CLEANING products – household, kitchen – liquid dish soap, hand towels, all purpose liquid cleaners, windex, small wash buckets, sponges/scrubbies,

Your online donations will directly benefit clients of Haven House!  Please read below for current opportunities and about the Capital Campaign for Haven House.

In-Kind Donations:  We accept donations of new blank journals, personal hygiene products, gently used adult clothing, and other specialized items.  For a detailed list of items, you can visit website for the Volunteer Center of the Lehigh Valley and follow search for Haven House.

For information on upcoming activities or to schedule drop off for donations, please contact LORI RICHARDSON,  Director of Development, 610-433-6181 x 214,

The Capital Campaign for Haven House – Facing the Future: The Need

Haven House is a unique agency serving the needs of individuals in the Lehigh Valley living with mental illness.

  • A critical situation: Allentown State Hospital announced its closure; giving notice that we would be forced to vacate our current home.
  • Never a question: The Board’s commitment to continue services to the clients is absolute. Often ignored and in the shadow of more fashionable causes, individuals with mental illness and few resources are members in need in our community.
  • A delicate balance: The closing of the state hospital and the resulting lease termination of Haven House from its home must not affect the mental health services for individuals who rely on HH.
  • A clear decision: As the commonwealth began closing the state hospital, Haven House began receiving an increase in referrals.

Not only must HH continue, it is clear that it must accommodate a growing number of clients.

The Good News: A New Home

1411 Union Boulevard, Allentown, PA

  • An ideal location: Centrally located within our community on public transportation lines; easy access to casual restaurants and other services for our clients.
  • An ideal size: 18,000 square feet; large enough to accommodate our current clients, plus, additional individuals in need.
  • Room to grow: Our new location will allow for the expansion of programs; and most important, to serve an increasing number of individuals.

Renovation: Challenge is Opportunity

The building required extensive renovations and includes:

  • Large group rooms: For life skills training such as personal care, drug and alcohol recovery, healthy choices; employment skills training such as cashier skills, clerical training, food preparation, housekeeping, job readiness, computer training, management skills and leadership skills.
  • Computer training lab: To teach basic technology skills such as navigating Microsoft Office, social networks, writing a resume and looking for a job.
  • Full-service kitchen: To teach basic meal preparation and training for employment within the food industry.  COMPLETED SUMMER 2015!
  •  Counseling rooms/extra space: To allow our clients to feel safe in a private location for confidential outpatient clinic services.

The Campaign: We Invite You to Help

The Capital Campaign for Haven House to acquire and renovate our new location is 2,000,000.00.

  • Grant acquisitions: Haven House has garnered $1,400,000 in grants from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and Lehigh County, the Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler Foundation, The Century Fund, and the Harry C. Trexler Trust.
  • Our goal: To raise $500,000 more to complete the purchase and renovation of 1411 Union Boulevard.
  • We invite you to help: To ensure that Haven House’s compassionate, effective and essential services continue to be available for a growing population in the dignified environment of a modern, updated facility.

The following foundations/agencies have already pledged their help. Please join them in helping Haven House move forward.

  • The Harry C. Trexler Trust
  • The Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler Foundation
  • The Century Fund
  • The Rider-Pool Foundation

"At Haven House, I wasn't a patient. I was treated as a person with hopes and dreams. I was given back dignity and respect, the two things that had been taken from me through the system."

Donna, CPS