A color coded renovation plan for our future home.
An aerial view of our future home.
The upper part of the building will be divided housing and facilities for overnight guests.
With over 10 acres of property stretching behind the building, we have plenty of space to grow.
2645 State Route 59
This 10-acre property on the border of Kent and Ravenna is the future physical location for
The Haven of Portage County.
Scroll through to see images of the building plan and work in progress.
A Work in Progress
We would like to bring you an update on the renovations and construction of our facility at 2645 St Rt 59. Our faithful donors have been very patient as we maneuver our way through obtaining permits, raising funds, and overcoming several barriers.
Lets first address some of the barriers and accomplishments we have encountered and resolved over the past 3 years – and what is actually happening behind those boarded up windows:
Permits (Township and County)
Zoning and EPA approvals
Easement from landowners behind the facility (1 pending)
Waiting on contractors who are donating some or all their time, talent and materials (allowing us NOT to have to take out a loan)
Discovering there was a large fee for tying in and connecting water, and sanitary sewer and (nearly $150,000) applied for CBDG funding
Fire suppression (90% completed)
Masonry (95% completed)
New HVAC (90% completed)
Installation of electric (80% completed)
Installation of plumbing (80% completed)
Windows, doors approximately (80% completed)
Miscellaneous (walls), (95% completed)
Drywall, interior doors, painting, construction supplies, dumpster rental,
Roof (TBD weather permitting)
It has been a long road but we are getting remarkably close to making this dream a reality for those individuals in need. YOUR generosity in supporting this project has enabled us to get this far and we are so incredibly grateful for your continued support!
Many changes have occurred since we set out on this road – the largest being the COVID19. An analysis conducted by Dr. Brendan O’Flaherty, a professor of economics at Columbia University, projects an increase by 40-45% this year (an addition of nearly 250,000 people) if homelessness follows unemployment the way it has done so in the earlier part of this century. Under this scenario over 800,000 total Americans would be experiencing homelessness by summer.
Homelessness is real, even here in Portage County, we need to keep in mind “Where are you Sleeping Tonight?” We are so grateful for your support and walking along side of us as we bring this project to fruition.