History of The Haven, Inc.
In 1998 a small group of committed people began meeting on a weekly basis to uphold the vision of a drug and alcohol free longer-term housing facility for formerly homeless men and women in recovery from alcoholism and addiction. We obtained a corporate charter in 1999, but not until 2003 was anyone able to dedicate sufficient time to start moving the project forward.
In 2003, through the generosity of family members and a close friend of Bev Cosby, we were able to acquire two acres of land for this vision. Also, in 2003 we were notified by the IRS that The Haven, Inc. had been granted tax exempt status under sections 501(c)3 and 501(a) of the Internal Revenue Code. In April 2008, in partnership with Lynchburg Covenant Fellowship, Inc. (LCF), we were awarded a Predevelopment Grant by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (VDHCD) to help us determine the feasibility, size, type, location, etc. of the housing facility which we would need for our program.
Based on the results of the feasibility study, and at the invitation of a local Coalition for Treatment and Recovery (Coalition), in 2009 we expanded our vision to include a residential alcohol and drug treatment/recovery program. The Coalition’s invitation was in response to the existence of a program service gap in the regional Continuum of Care (Continuum). The Continuum lacked a residential treatment program for men and women who are either without insurance coverage, or lack adequate financial resources with which to obtain treatment for their addictions.
Our research for a residential program led us to The Healing Place social model of recovery. After visiting programs in Richmond and Raleigh, seeing their facilities and hearing about their results, we realized this program would be ideal for meeting the needs of people in Lynchburg, Southside and Southwestern Virginia. We are now working on bringing a similar model to our area.