Haven of Hope
Haven of Hope was started in 2004 to reach out to 'hurting' people in our area. The name came from hearing one of the first individuals we helped say, 'This is just a haven of hope.' Haven of Hope of DeKalb County has grown over the years as God opened doors for us.
We started in the basement of First Baptist Church, later moved to an older house near the church and are currently located in the Professional Associates Building at 612F South Congress Blvd, Smithville. The office is officially open M-F 8am-5pm. We also have support groups, classes, and counseling after these hours.
Our volunteers are very valuable. They help with office responsibilities, teach classes, lead support groups, encourage individuals, and help with our Plant 'N Prayers ministry.
We have two main divisions:
- Professional Counseling where we currently have one full time master's level licensed counselor, two part-time master's level licensed counselors, one master's level clinical counselor, and a counseling intern. Children and adults are served and most major insurances are accepted. We have a sliding fee scale and also serve some at no charge. Last year we provided counseling services to over 350 individuals with a total of over 2000 counseling sessions. While we help adults and teens with such issues as abuse, trauma, grief, addiction, depression, anxiety and relationship issues, we also help children ages 3 through 5th grade with age appropriate methods including child play therapy.
- Classes and Support Groups are offered in Boundaries, Parenting, Anger Management, Co-parenting, dealing with addictions, and other topics as needed. On Thursday nights at 6:30 we have a support group for those struggling with addictions. It is called 'Hurts, Habits, and Hang-ups'. Individuals from a local recovery house and drug court participants attend most of our classes. Other people are welcome also. At least two times a year we offer an eight week adult grief support group.
If you would like to help, first of all we would appreciate your prayers. We also need non-judgmental volunteers who love people from all walks of life.
Here are some items we can use in the ministry: paper products (paper towels, toilet tissue, and facial tissue), journals, good used children's books, good used beanie babies, good used matchbox cars, and good used women's devotional books. Since we are a 501c3 we can accept tax deductible monetary donations that and would be used to help needy families and also to provide much needed counseling sessions to those who have no insurance.
If you would like to contact the Haven for more information or to get involved, please call us at 597-4673. Like our Facebook page to learn more.