The Haven of Rest Ministries
Serving the Battle Creek Community for over 50 years...

What is The Haven?


Established in 1956 by Don and Wilma Chalfant as "The Haven of Rest Rescue Mission," The Haven originally provided meals, shelter and the gospel message to homeless men. The Haven has expanded to offer many innovative services to the ever changing homeless population, who need help in learning social self-sufficiency and productivity.

These ministries now include emergency shelter, food, transitional housing, substance abuse treatment and case management. The Haven's ten key programs are The Men's Shelter; Women, Children and Family Shelter (Inasmuch House); the Gain Access Program to help homeless children gain life skills; Adult Foster Care for 15 mentally ill men; Life Recovery Program, a long-term transitional housing program for single men that helps break the cycle of substance abuse; Women in New (WIN) Life transitional living program; the H.O.P.E. Team, an outreach program to the community; and the Calhoun County Jail Ministry.

The Haven's two newest ministries are the Veterans In Progress (V.I.P.) Program, and the Women's Life Recovery Program (WLRP). We're excited to be reaching out, helping God's children in the community through these two newest ministries.

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Current Programs and Activities

  The Haven serves homeless men over 18 years old, male substance abusers over 18 years old, homeless women over 18 years old and their children, adult men with disabilities who need assisted living, and inmates of the Calhoun County Jail. We provide emergency shelter, meals, daily basic personal care needs, counseling, substance abuse recovery assistance, case management, support groups, transitional housing, and referrals for medical care, legal assistance, and employment. We also provide meals to the public several days a week. Each year The Haven serves 55,000 meals to over 1,700 different homeless persons each year; daily we serve an average of 35 men, and 40 women and children in our emergency shelters, 15 men in our adult foster care unit, 26 men in our residential substance abuse treatment program and 5 to 10 families in our transitional housing program. We also serve approximately 45 meals a day to the general public on weekends holidays and other days when the soup kitchen at the Salvation Army is closed. The Haven provides comfort and counseling to 600 inmates of the Calhoun County Jail daily.  
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  Our Mission  
  To proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ so that all may experience God’s love. Clothe, feed, and shelter the homeless in the name of Christ. Disciple individuals to become spiritually, physically, and emotionally functional, and able to live optimally within God’s kingdom and the community.