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Shelter, food pantry see rise in dependants

By Kelly Bauer | October 31, 2011

While a stagnant economy is not the only cause of homelessness, it plays a role in the rise of displaced individuals and families, said Michael Newman, Hope Haven emergency shelter coordinator.Newman said people at Hope Haven have also become homeless...

Mother struggles to rise above homelessness

By Kelly Bauer | October 31, 2011

Elissa Vonderheide is homeless. That does not mean she dons rags or sits on the street, begging for cash. Vonderheide searches for jobs, is a pre-nursing student at Kishwaukee College and raises her 3-year-old daughter. She lives and baby-sits for free...

Deadline for Promise Fund apps set for Nov.1

By Thomas Verschelde | October 26, 2011

The DeKalb County Community Foundation (DCCF) is accepting applications for a Promise Fund grant that would provide up to $1,500 to educational institutions and community organizations that provide services to the underserved.Elaine Suarez, DCCF Community...

Hope Haven gets help with cleanup effort

By Kelly Bauer | September 22, 2011

Two organizations - NIU's Women's Resource Center (WRC) and Hope Haven- will work together to clean up the addition to Hope Haven's facilities prior to its opening. As part of its Selfless Saturdays program, volunteers can sign up with the WRC to help...

Giving hope a home: Haven breaks ground on expansion

By Chris Gibbs | June 27, 2011

Over 30 community members gathered at Hope Haven for a ground breaking ceremony Friday morning. The ceremony, held at 1145 Rushmoore Drive in DeKalb, was the start of construction for a $1 million facility expansion, said Lesly Wicks, Hope Haven executive...

Hope Haven helps the homeless with meals and shelter

By Danny Ciamprone | April 6, 2011

DeKALB | There has always been a strong sense of comfort knowing at the end of the day one has a home to go back to. Unfortunately, for many this is not a reality and being homeless becomes a way of life. Hope Haven, 1145 Rushmoore Drive, focuses on providing...

Local Bars offer St. Patrick’s Day festivities

By Eric Beesley | March 9, 2011

DeKALB | Local bars and restaurants have big things planned for this year's St. Patrick's Day festivities. "We will be opening the doors at 10 a.m. and will be offering a free Guinness glass to the first ten patrons at this time to spend at their leisure,"...

Hope Haven expansion approved

By Melissa Mastrogiovanni | November 9, 2010

DeKalb| The DeKalb City Council met again Monday night to discuss the expansion of Hope Haven and voted in favor of expansion. Hope Haven supporters packed the chambers, displaying their red Hope Haven pins. Hope Haven wants to expand its current emergency...

Hope Haven focus on DeKalb City Council meeting Monday

By Jeremy Piscoran | October 26, 2010

The DeKalb City Council meeting began Monday night with DeKalb Mayor Kris Povlsen calling for a moment of silence to respect the family of NIU student Antinette Keller. The opening saw an ordinance for renovations to DeKalb's Homeless Shelter, Hope Haven,...

DeKalb Mayor removes Plan Commission chairman

By John Bachmann | September 24, 2010

DeKalb Mayor Kris Povlsen removed John Guio as chairman of the Plan Commission due to an ethics violation.Povlsen said the decision to remove Guio was made when he would not refrain himself for taking part in a vote regarding a possible expansion for...