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New Year, New Beginnings At The Haven – Brevard NC


January 12, 2017

Pictured are Sharon Kent, Mark Fields, Emily Lowery and Kai Schwandes. (Courtesy photo)

There have been some changes at The Haven of Transylvania County. The Haven has traditionally had a part-time staff with the director being the only full-time position. This has now changed. The titles and leadership positions at The Haven have changed as well.

Mark Fields, a Western North Carolina native was hired in January 2016 as assistant director. Fields became the director of The Haven following the resignation of Jennifer Molliere in October.

Emily Lowery has been promoted to the assistant director position. Lowery started as a volunteer and board member in The Haven's first year before she was offered the job of administrative assistant and case manager. Lowery is highly dedicated and experienced in serving her community. In addition to working at The Haven, she serves as local coordinator for the Special Olympics in her free time.

Kai Schwandes, who has worked at The Haven since May 2014, has recently been named operations and outreach coordinator. He is using his experience as a political organizer, fundraiser and business owner toward new fundraising strategies and as The Haven's volunteer coordinator.

The Land of Sky Regional Council has also approved The Haven as a host agency to employ a senior in the community through their Senior Community Services Employment Program (SCSEP). This program funds positions for senior citizens in the community, helping them build work skills and earn much needed extra income.

The Haven and Land of Sky have awarded a position to Sharon Kent, a former Haven resident who has since served The Haven as a volunteer. Kent will help with administrative duties, providing more flexibility to The Haven's existing staff.

The Haven's core staff are now all full-time and each have a greater voice in shelter policies and operations. These promotions are made possible in part through a grant from The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina.

The Haven also recently received grants from The Cannon Foundation for a new roof and repairs to its family shelter and from the Women of St. Philip's Episcopal Church to aid in operating costs. The Haven hopes to expand its services to Transylvania County's homeless citizens in the coming year.

Volunteer opportunities are currently available for anyone interested in getting involved. For volunteer opportunities or to sign up to provide food one weekend contact kai@Havenof For any other inquiries or to donate, call The Haven office at (828) 877-2040, email admin@, or write to: The Haven of Transylvania County, P.O. Box 25, Brevard, NC 28712.

The Haven is a registered 501c3, so all donations are tax deductible.


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