Photo: Zack Wajsgras

This week, 12/18

“It’s hard to know how to navigate all the different things coming our way on the global and national stage,” Stephen Hitchcock, the executive director of The Haven told me recently. “To understand how to think well and live well in light of the systems we’re entangled in. It can feel almost paralyzing.” That’s one […]

Kitchen manager Dee Dee Slezak arrives at 5am to lead a team of volunteers, who make “magical breakfasts” out of food donations from Trader Joe’s, Market Street Market, and various local restaurants and caterers.

Where you’re always welcome: In an increasingly expensive city, downtown day shelter The Haven is a model of community and ‘radical hospitality’

Photos by Zack Wajsgras In January, The Haven will celebrate 10 years of serving homeless and extremely low-income people in the heart of Charlottesville. As the Downtown Mall has been revitalized, the area has become increasingly expensive, home to luxury residences like C&O Row and the 550. The Haven, in a 19th-century church at First […]