Maureens Haven Programs

Homeless Emergency Center
Safe Temporary overnight shelter during our coldest months (November through March). Shelters are located in four east end townships: Southampton, Southold, Riverbed and East Hampton

The Kay Kiddie Achievement Center
Year round center providing daytime respite, counseling, case management, job training, housing assistance and other services needed.

What is the Maureen’s Haven Homeless Outreach Program?
Every evening during the winter months, November 1st through April 1st, homeless guests are screened and transported from the North and South Forks of Long Island to one of eighteen host Houses of Worship between Greenport and East Hampton.

Screening of guests consists of Breath-a-Lyzer Test, a physical check of the person and baggage and visual monitoring of the guest’s behavior.

p1030099-copyUpon arrival to the host site, the homeless guests are welcomed and are registered by church volunteers. Guests then proceed to the sleeping areas to claim their bed and put down their personal belongings.

Volunteers who have been preparing a nutritious, hot dinner for both the guests and volunteers are ready to serve 30 to 50* people by 7:00 pm. Everyone sits down together for dinner and shares this opportunity for fellowship.

After dinner guests are given the opportunity to attend an AA Meeting*, take a hot shower*, get warm clothes, consult with a medical professional or social worker*, play board games, attend an English (ESL) Class, watch a movie or just rest.

Volunteers (Innkeepers) stay to monitor the guests overnight. At day break (5 am) a breakfast crew arrives to prepare and serve a substantial, hearty morning meal. In addition, a bagged lunch is prepared for each guest to take with them upon departure.

The volunteer clean up crew begins to break down the beds and collect the bedding and towels for laundering at 6:30 am. The floors are swept and disinfected, bathrooms are sanitized and the kitchen is cleaned.

Promply at 7:00 am the guests leave and are transported back to where they originated.