Client Stories


Over the years, Bill carefully saved his money and eventually bought a small home. In 2009, he developed neuropathy in his feet, and could no longer drive for the local transportation company he had been working with for the last 14 years.

Bill desperately looked for work that would not require him to be on his feet, but couldn’t find anything in the shrinking job market. He ran through his savings in just over a year, and soon after lost his home. In November 2011, he came to Maureen’s Haven. Here he found hope, and was soon on the path to self-sufficiency. Today, Bill lives independently and works full time. He recently asked to volunteer in order to give back for what he was so freely given.

BillWorking on Long Island when he was 17 years old.

Karen has suffered from depression most of her adult life but was always able to work and provide for herself and her children. After the tragic death of her oldest son, Karen fell into a deep and crippling depression that left her unable to work to support her family.

Eventually, her children went to live with their father and Karen became homeless. She began using the overnight shelter services offered here at Maureen’s Haven and through the support of volunteers and staff, she slowly regained her ability to manage her life and begin the healing process over the loss of her son. Today, Karen lives independently, is employed and has regular contact with her children.

KarenSuffered from depression most of her adult life

James was brought to our center by a concerned community member. He had no family and no support system.

James stayed with us for several months until we secured supportive housing and a day program for adults specializing in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. We check on him regularly and he is healthy and happy in his new home.

JamesAge 77 and suffering from dementia

Mary arrived at our day center terrified and desperate. She had fled an abusive relationship and had nowhere to go. We worked with her until she was strong enough to enter a domestic violence shelter where she could begin the long healing process.

She is now living independently with support from a local domestic violence agency.

MaryFled an abusive relationship