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Haven House

  • A group opportunity. Invite your friends.
  • 115 people are interested
Make dinner for Haven House residents!

You can sign up for one-time opportunities or set up a weekly or monthly plan to prepare


  • Cook what is listed on our menu
    • PLEASE use ALL the ingredients set out, including meats, as more food is better than not enough.
    • Any grease used for cooking MUST be poured in the grass up the exit door stairwell or in the container labeled "grease" next to the stove, NOT down the drain.
  • Cook what is listed with some of your own changes or additions
  • Cook your own recipe with our ingredients
  • Cook your own recipe with your ingredients


    • Cook what is listed on the menu using our ingredients
      • Come to Haven House and collect ingredients, pots and pans, etc. you need to prepare the meal
    • Cook a meal of your choice using our or your own ingredients
      • We will need to discuss this option to be sure this is a meal residents will enjoy and food items we can purchase
      • Come to Haven House and collect ingredients, pots and pans, etc. you need to prepare the meal
    • Deliver prepared meal to Haven House by 5:30pm

We recommend arriving at 3:30 pm. Any menu items needing defrosting should already be in the refrigerator before you arrive, shelter staff does this. If you plan to deviate from the menu, let us know so we do not defrost unless needed.

Meals should be prepared and ready by 5:30. Dinner is served in family packaged meals. When the meal is complete you will portion the main dish, sides, salad, dessert, etc. into containers for each individual family. The containers will be set on each table for parents to serve their own family. After setting the meal out, let staff on duty know the meal is ready so they can announce it. Often residents come in a bit later, so before you leave please put the meal in each family's refrigerator who is not present for them to eat when they arrive back at the shelter.

Dinner volunteers ARE required to clean any meal prep dishes. All pots & pans, knives, cooking utensils, bowls, mixers, blenders, crock pots, roasters, etc. used to prepare the meal must be cleaned before clocking out. Dishes will need to be washed, rinsed, sanitized, dried and put away, and the oven and stove-top cleaned, if needed. The supplies you will use, where to find them, and more detailed instruction will be discussed during your tour.

*Be sure to "cancel" via your account if you cannot make your dinner preparation as scheduled so shelter staff can be prepared to make dinner that night. Calling the shelter to cancel as well is helpful in case Volunteer Coordinator is not in the office to receive automatic cancellation email*

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About Haven House



Mission Statement

Haven House provides emergency housing and support services for one-parent and two-parent families with children. The shelter helps families who are homeless prepare for permanent housing by developing and promoting self-sufficiency, stability, and financial responsibility.

Haven House provides families with temporary housing between permanent homes, and the tools to maintain their own stable home.


Haven House has provided temporary shelter for homeless families since 1983. Over the years, the scope of our programs and services has increased dramatically. Not only do we support our residents with basic needs such as shelter, food, clothing, and personal needs items, but we have developed programs that will make an impact on the lives of our families after they have left our shelter.

Giving our residents the opportunity to improve their lives through goal setting, training, and education enables them to become more productive and less apt to become homeless in the future.


- Staff members meet with residents once a week to develop a Weekly Plan which includes plans for seeking housing and meeting personal and financial needs.

- Staff members meet daily with residents to discuss progress in finding permanent housing and provide advice in dealing with landlords and local agencies. Residents develop personal budgets that are realistic and goal plans that are productive.

- Once a week we have a Great Parents Great Start works with parents and children birth to 5 years to learn positive parenting skills.

- Our tutoring program helps children maintain educational progress during a time of family crisis.

- A visiting nurse from the Ingham County Health Department provides assistance to our residents.

- Many volunteers help in the office, provide activities for children and families, handle many other tasks to assist residents and ex-residents and help the shelter run smoothly.

- Upon exiting, our residents receive an "exit bucket" filled with cleaning supplies and personal needs items. They may also receive a Food Bank box of food to help them get established.

-Local schools work closely with us on getting our children enrolled in school or keeping them in their former school. We expect all school- age children to attend school every day.

-Our Partners in Progress is a transitional housing program that assists families after they leave the shelter. A staff member works with the former residents to set realistic goals and monitor progress in employment, budgeting, arranging childcare, improving parenting skills, and connecting with the neighborhood and the community. Our goal is to build strong families, increase employment success and prevent future homelessness.

-A HUD grant enables us to provide subsidized rents and services to several families with disabilities.

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121 Whitehills DriveEast Lansing, MI 48823



  • Baking
  • Cooking / Catering
  • Food Service


  • Group


  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 2-3 hours

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