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11 Green Street Battle Creek MI 49016 USA


To proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ so that all may experience God’s love. To clothe, feed, and shelter the homeless in the name of Christ. To disciple individuals to become spiritually, physically, and emotionally functional, and able to live optimally within God’s kingdom and the community.


We've done this for over 60 years in our community, and we see change in the lives of people who come to us. Last year we served over 2,400 individuals, provided over 80,000 meals, and over 50,000 bednights of shelter.

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Direct beneficiaries per year:

2,400 men, women and children

Geographic areas served:

Calhoun County, Michigan (in and around Battle Creek).


Men's and Women's Emergency Homeless Shelters, Men's and Women's Life Recovery Programs (Substance abuse treatment), Adult Foster Care, Veteran's Programs, Transitional Housing.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I know these lovely people through my brother's participation in their Life Recovery Program (LRP). Every day The Haven accepts individuals who, like my brother, are in a very challenging place where only men of true faith can reach them. In this program alone the commitment staff make is enormous and they offer many programs to reach virtually everyone in need. I lived my life on the other side of non-profits, the corporate philanthropic side, and I can say with confidence that The Haven is the real thing.

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Rating: 4 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I don't know about how efficient they are with money or food or whatever. The only thing I know is I have seen people recover their lives, absolute miracles. I don't know any other resource for people in this community to turn to when they have exhausted all their hope.

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(Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

Helping recovery lives is the second best part of our work, and often a response to the first best part! The first best part is introducing a relationship with Christ to the lost and broken!

Rating: 1 stars  

Vary poorly run not efficient with money or food donations.
Sad this place could be great but upper management is holding them back , you can not hire people to run a business or 501c3 that can not handle even simple task.
Called christian based but is not run like it.
I pray for the people who need this place because as it is run it will not last.

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(Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

We're certainly concerned that someone had a poor experience with the Haven. In reality, the Haven runs extremely efficiently, and, more importantly, with Christian principles very much evidenced every day in our interactions with guests and residents. We've lasted 60 years, and helped thousands of people to change their lives.

Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I am writing about the Life Recovery Program. It is a year long program for men that cannot afford rehab. These men learn how to deal with life, how to give back to the community, to respect others and theirself and how to care for others. This is a wonderful non-profit and I would recommend any one to go the the web site of the Haven of Rest Ministiries in Battle Creek and read about the LRP. Come to one graduation and how these men have turned their lives around.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

In the Life Recovery Program the men learn how to hold a job, respect their self and others, and to manage their money. These men has given back to their community by volunteering to help with what ever the community needs help with.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would get another building for the Life Recovery program for men and another building for women.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

To watch these men share their year long process on Graduation day with me and others that attend graduation day.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Linda Oman has volunteered here for 27 years helping from the soup kitchen to now in the Life Recovery Program. She is a wonderful lady.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

I would get 2 buildings 1 for men and 1 for women. I would invest part of the other money to make sure that the money would hopefully not run out. I would add onto the family shelter to house more families and put more advertisement out on the program.

Ways to make it better...

I do not feel it could be any better unless I could hand them enough money to get a bigger building to help more men with their problems.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Is money and people realizing that this is a very important program.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Everyone needs to come to at least 1 graduation to see how these men have changed.

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