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Haven House Update

Immanuel has a vision to help provide safe places for youth experiencing homelessness in the south-west metro.  An Immanuel member donated funds to help purchase a house for this project and Immanuel’s Kim Rathjen (Coordinator of Outreach) is working with a community-wide steering committee to make this collaborative vision become a reality.

Haven House Update - August, 2017

We Have a House!

This past month Immanuel purchased a house with the intention of making it available for transitional Youth Housing in Eden Prairie.  The house is located at 11140 Lanewood Circle – it is within walking distance of the Eden Prairie Mall (important for employment opportunities), is on a bus line, has 5 bedrooms (one will be used as a case manager’s office), and great community space.  Tom Herzog, John Urbanski and Kim Rathjen were involved in the final decision about the house, with input from Oasis for Youth staff who have experience and passion for housing young people safely. The purchase of the house was made possible by a generous gift from an anonymous donor and funds from the Opening Doors Capital Campaign.

Immanuel continues to work with the newly forming non-profit Haven House with the goal of opening transitional housing for young adults aged 18-24 within the next year.  The Haven House Board continues to make steps towards making this dream become a reality.

The purchase of the house puts into motion some new projects needing specific gifts and skills. If you or someone you know would have time and the skills we need for the following projects, please contact

1) Communications, Fundraising and Marketing – We will need to start communication with the wider community, develop a plan for fundraising (perhaps a kick-off event planner?), and develop some ongoing means for communicating with stake holders. 

2) House Preparation #1 – at the urging of city employees in the housing department we have applied for a CBDG (Community Based Development Grant) grant from the City of Eden Prairie for the major rehab projects.  We will spend every penny we can that the city gives us, but there will be small projects that will come up as we prepare to make the house ready for tenants. Since the house will be owned by Immanuel it would make sense that Immanuel folks would take in interest in the ongoing maintenance of the house. 

3) House Preparation #2 – we have a whole house to stock!  The Prop Shop has agreed to provide furniture and anything else they can and have already asked for a list of needed items. We would like to involve a couple of people in figuring out what types of furniture will work for the spaces and to help develop a needs list.

It was less than two year ago that this God inspired vision started forming to serve young adults in our community. While it may seem like the process is taking a long time, others in the field tell us that we are moving along quite quickly.  We strongly believe that God is leading the way and that this leap of faith will result in many blessings for years to come!

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