Letter: Mud Ball to Support the Haven

To the Editor:

It is around 4:30 a.m. I am volunteering for the Haven’s new undertaking, the warming shelter. I became interested in volunteering after learning of the death of a homeless individual in Claremont. It is hard to contemplate being homeless in New England in the winter. When I moved to the Upper Valley in 1979 with my family, the Haven was progressing from a concept to a reality.

Paul and Mary Feeney, the original directors of the Haven, served on the original steering committee for the Good Neighbor Health Clinic, which resulted when people asked where the homeless get their health care. The Haven has become such a critical asset for many living in the Upper Valley. It not only provides temporary shelter, clothing and food, but also such essential services as case management, teaching life skills and other educational opportunities. It is not a question of whether these services are needed, but when.

The Haven is here to help people get back on their feet. If you would like to support the Haven and have a great time, come to the Mud Ball in the Grand Ballroom of the Hanover Inn April 5, starting at 7 p.m. and including an evening of dancing along with a silent auction. It will have a Great Gatsby theme, so festive or formal attire is encouraged though not required.

Check out www.mudball.org for more information. For more information about the Haven and volunteer opportunities, go to http://uppervalleyhaven.org. Hope to see you at the ball!

Paul Manganiello

Norwich