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fall 2013

life haven headlines




a great evening with you at

summer on the sound

The dark clouds and gusting wind did not keep you from coming out to this year’s Summer on the Sound and we thank you for making it a success! More than 200 guests enjoyed a night filled with music, food, and great items to bid on. Father Dan McLearen was honored for his commitment of Life Haven over the years. Kellyann Day, CEO of Life Haven, spoke about Father Dan, “Individuals like Father Dan help Life Haven to provide a safe place for families, while they are working towards stabilizing their family.” Life Haven is fortunate to have supporters like you and Father Dan. The evening would not have been possible without our wonderful supporters. Life Haven recognized presenting sponsor ANN INC. at Summer on the Sound.

BUT YOUR HELP MAKES ALL THE DIFFERENCE. Homelessness affects women and children in Connecticut in shocking numbers. That’s why Life Haven, with your support, offers temporary shelter in a safe and nurturing environment for homeless pregnant women and women with young children. We shelter 100 families annually, including 250 children. We thank you for your continued support and commitment to our cause.

Summer on the Sound assists Life Haven in providing emergency shelter for women and their children and we thank the community for all the support!

giving back to the community Staff Kellyann Day Chief Executive Officer

Kara Capone Chief Operating Officer

Angela Westwood Chief Financial Officer

Anne-Marie Brungard Knight Shelter Manager

Contributors Mary Grande Donor Relations Specialist

Kristen McKay Development Manager

Jennifer Quinn Executive Assistant

Freddy and Kimmy Leaf learned about Life Haven through their good friend Jack Keyes. In 2000, Kimmy and Freddy both felt they received a sign that it was time to give back. The Leaf’s decided they wanted to get involved and do more to assist homeless women and children at Life Haven. Kimmy’s passion and way of living is photography. The Leaf’s decided to use Kimmy’s passion as a way to give back to Life Haven by holding a photo exhibit in 2000. All proceeds of the photo exhibit went to Life Haven. Photographs Kimmy took of the Irish countryside quickly sold and over $14,000 was raised that first year. Since then, Kimmy has done several photography exhibits in support of Life Haven. Freddy sits on the Life Haven Fund Development Committee and Kimmy continues to donate her photography for the agency events. Both Freddy and Kimmy firmly believe in the work of Life Haven. Freddy and Kimmy truly believe in mission of Life Haven and share that with as many people they can!

Honorees John A. Keyes has been a long time supporter of Life Haven. Jack is a native of New Haven. HRAD is honoring Jack for his commitment and passion for Life Haven’s mission. The Knitting Ladies of Tower One Tower East are being honored for their years of commitment and support. The Knitting Ladies work all year to provide handmade hats, scarves, and blankets for the mothers and children at Life Haven, which help to keep them warm in the cold Northeast winters.

hunger relief & development invites you Join Hunger Relief and Development (HRAD) for an evening to honor the Honorable John A. Keyes and the Knitting Ladies of Tower One Tower East. On Wednesday, October 2nd, HRAD invites you for a wine tasting, dinner and dessert, and silent auction at LoRicco Towers in New Haven. Reservations are $50 per person and can be made online at For more information, please call Mary Grande at 203-492-4866. Hunger Relief and Development is a non-profit organization dedicated to feeding, educating and providing health care for children in the United States and around the world. For more information please visit

HRAD Board Members Joe Bujalski, Diane Mazza, Vito Mazza, Keith Macdowall, and Raymon Sterman

life haven headlines getting back on her feet

ccp celebration

Jessica was forced to be a grown up at the age of 15. Her mother passed away and her father was living in Washington, D.C. Jessica and her sister relied on each other for support. Over the years, Jessica worked in order to support herself. Jessica found out she was pregnant and continued to look for ways to support herself. After giving birth to her son, Jessica’s sister fell into the wrong crowd. Her sister’s mistakes caused them to lose their housing. Without a home, Jessica found a program that provided housing for her and her son where she could focus on stabilizing herself and supporting her baby. After completing the program, Jessica was referred to Life Haven. Jessica stayed to herself while living at the shelter as she was focused on her seven month old baby and finding a place to call home. Life Haven staff assisted Jessica in obtaining a job and completing housing applications.

The Child Care Program celebrated the graduation of six students at the end of the summer, with two students moving on to kindergarten. The cheerful celebration included poetry, graduation certificates, photos, and honoring the parents and grandparents who have supported the program over the years. The celebration ended with a barbeque and treats!

Jessica was on a waiting list for Shelter Plus Care, a subsidy program similar to Section 8. New Haven Home Recovery’s (NHHR) Supportive Housing Program had an opening and housed Jessica. While she has a busy schedule with working and taking care of her son, Jessica is settling into her new home. Jessica received furniture through NHHR’s Furniture Co-Op. Thanks to Little Miracles of St. Margaret’s of Madison, Jessica received a new crib and mattress for her son. Now with a steady roof over her head, Jessica’s goal is to start attending school at Gateway Community College. Jessica is happy to have a place to call home. She is a strong woman and believes in the motto “only the strongest will survive.”

welcome Life Haven welcomed Anne-Marie Brungard Knight as the Shelter Manager at Life Haven. Previously, Anne-Marie was the Integration Coordinator during the successful integration of Life Haven and New Haven Home Recovery (NHHR). Prior to, she worked on various programs at NHHR such as rapid re-housing program and the launch of the Bridgeport Housing First Collaborative. Life Haven is delighted that Anne-Marie has taken a full time position with Life Haven and NHHR!

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volunteer corner Thank you to our volunteers... Vertical Church members for cleaning the kitchen pantry and painting the bathroom this summer. Liz Nace and daughter Olivia for reading, singing songs, and providing popsicles on a hot summer night. Abundant Harvest Outreach Ministries for preparing dinners for the residents.

Tabor Luther Church Bible Camp of Branford for collecting funds to purchase pillows and bedding. Spring Glen Runnerz for assisting with yard work. All individuals and organizations who participated in the back to school supplies drive For more information on volunteering, please email us at

Life Haven, a not for profit organization, is an affiliate of New Haven Home Recovery, Inc. Life Haven provides emergency shelter and child care services to women with children and pregnant women.

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Life Haven Fall 2013 Newsletter