Sat August 31, 2013
Upper Valley Haven: Keeping Families Dry After Hurricane Irene
When Hurricane Irene struck the Upper Valley in 2011, The Upper Valley Haven, an emergency shelter in White River Junction, was there to help those who had lost their homes. Al Carbonneau and his family were among those displaced.
"Usually, I'm the one people go to [help]," says Carbonneau. He had been volunteering at The Haven before the hurricane, and never expected to be in a position where he would need to use its services. "There was nothing left of our home, and all of a sudden, I didn't know what to do. I was at a total loss. So I called The Haven."
The Haven provided the Carbonneaus a place to stay, along with food, clothing, and other necessities. A team of volunteers helped the family salvage and clean up what was left of their home, and connected them with services that would help them rebuild.
"If anything good could have come out of something like Irene, it's that people finally realized how much more The Haven is and how much more The Haven does. They were there for everything we needed." But above all, says Carbonneau, "One of the best things they gave us was hope."