Alex and Ani Benefit Event

Alex and Ani


Artists in Residence at The Haven


Together, The Haven and New City Arts have turned the second floor of The Haven into studio space in order to provide affordable working space for artists and integrate creative programming into the resources available to Haven guests during the day.

This residency builds social capital in many ways; bridges are developed between the arts and the social service community, relationships develop between individuals who might not otherwise connect, and the conditions of homelessness and poverty directly and indirectly inform creative expression and thoughtful examination of the world.


This past Residency has featured two local artists:

Laura Snyder holds a MVA from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (2010) and a BFA in Printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design (2006). In 2012 she collaborated on a community art project , Memorias de la Libertad III, in the historic neighborhood of Getsemaní in Cartagena, Colombia. She has shown her work in galleries, museums and independent art spaces in different countries. Some of her most recent exhibitions include: Avistamientosin Mapa Teatro (Bogotá, Colombia) Para No Salir del Laberinto in Lugar a Dudas (Cali, Colombia) and 19 o así Pulmones in MUCA Roma (México, DF).Laura works with notions of cartography and memory within the context of the visual arts and community. Laura has just returned to Charlottesville from her recent home, Mexico City.  Through this residency, Laura addressed  both individual experience and collective transformation in the city of Charlottesville and the effects of these processes on the city´s inhabitants.






Mara Sprafkin has a BA from Bowdoin College and an MFA from Columbia University. A native of Brooklyn, NY, Sprafkin has exhibited extensively in her home city (at Concrete Utopia, MARCH and Oliver Kamm 5BE Gallery, among others) and has mounted major installations at Vanderbilt University, the Coleman Burke Gallery in Portland, ME and here in Charlottesville at Second Street Gallery. Sprafkin’s window drawings can also regularly been seen at Sustain on West Main Street. Mara’s work focuses thematically on the feminine experience in the course of art history and as an idea that currently impacts how women exist and are viewed by men and by other women. Simultaneously her own personal experiences working, making and living are recorded and publicly blogged by her studio assistant, Paul Handler.“As a recent Charlottesville transplant, I am looking forward to becoming move involved with not only the arts scene but also the whole Charlottesville community.”   – Mara, on her hopes for her 2013-2014 residency.



Applications for the upcoming residency are due June 7th. Visit New City Arts for more information.





The Second Annual ACOUSTIC SHOWCASE: May 8th

 The Haven is thrilled to announce that a couple of the best Americana bands around will be performing in our sanctuary to benefit the day shelter. Here’s the skinny:

Featuring: Chamomile and Whiskey, Kathryn Caine and The Small Band, and The Get Rights
What:  The second annual benefit concert for The Haven
When:  Thursday, May 8th, 7pm – 11pm
Where: The Haven, 112 West Market Street, Charlottesville; diagonally across from Lee Park.

How much: $10 at the door, or reserve a spot by purchasing a ticket online HERE!

Come celebrate The Haven’s second annual concert to benefit the day shelter. The Haven works to end homelessness by initiating creative solutions and coordinating regional resources and services. The Acoustic Showcase promises to be an evening of the very best singers and songwriters around. Refreshments will be available at the event.


Chamomile and Whiskey


“…smart original tunesmithing, interesting cross-genre pollination and richly textured sonics…” writes New York Music Daily. Chamomile and Whiskey is a musical cocktail, combining traditional string music, Irish and Americana, with a raw and beautiful rock aesthetic. Sure to be a passionate performance in The Haven’s spacious sanctuary.


Kathryn Caine and The Small Band


This Virginia-bred band is composed of Charlottesville’s best. Kathryn Caine writes and sings her own songs, while a group of local legends back her up: Ian Gilliam and Billy Brockman on guitars, Eddie Hall on drums, Scott Honsburger on keys, Sonny Layne on bass.  This band is the Dream Team of the Americana scene.


 The Get Rights

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Headed by Tom Marshall and Sabra Guzmán, The Get Rights can be found playing around Central Virginia and the mid-Atlantic, and have been know to travel as far as they are beckoned. Dance floors, bars, weddings, shindigs and more–they’re gettin’ right with what’s been put down in front of them from greats like Hank Williams, Bob Wills, Milton Brown, Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton & Jean Shephard.

Give4Good Campaign May 6th

Give4GoodMark your calendars! The Give4Good campaign begins in 1 week! Donate $10 or more to The Haven on May 6th and your gift will be maximized with incentive prizes and matching funds.

Run for Home: 3rd Annual 5K Race to Benefit The Haven!

Get ready to Run for Home on Saturday, March 1, 2014!


Come one, come all! The race is near!  Runners, walkers, families, baby joggers, and leashed dogs are all invited to participate in the Run for Home 5k to benefit The Haven! We had a really great time last year and are looking forward to another successful event. Help us make this race one to remember!

Location: Race-day registration and check-in will be at The Haven on the corner of N First St. and W Market St in downtown Charlottesville.

Date & Time: Saturday, March 1, 2014 – 8:00 AM

Questions?  Contact  Mark Lorenzoni: 434-293-3367; or Kevin  and Maureen O’Shea: or

Entry fees: Preregistration: $20 ($75 family max) | Day of the event: $25


1. Online: hit the Click & Pledge button on the right side of this page and follow the instructions

2. By mail: Download the Run for Home Application below, fill out the bottom portion of it, and mail it or drop it off with payment (Checks made payable to The Haven) to:

Mark Lorenzoni at Ragged Mountain Running Shop


Kevin/Maureen O’Shea 2473 Holkham Dr, Charlottesville, VA 22901

3. Race day: Register the morning of the event at The Haven from 6:45 AM to 7:30AM

Remember: entry fee is $25 on the day of the event

Course: Both the run and the walk will begin on the downtown mall and meander through the surrounding neighborhood.

Prizes: All entrants will receive an official Run for Home fleece running cap.

•Prizes donated from generous local businesses awarded to top 3 male and top 3 female overall 5k finishers.****A complimentary breakfast will be served at The Haven for all entrants following the run/walk.****

Information: this website will be your home for any information and updates regarding the event.


Download: Run for Home Race Application



Art Auction for The Haven: “There’s No Place Like Home”

Calling All Artists and Lovers of Art

            art auction

The 4th Annual Haven Art Auction, “There’s No Place Like Home”, will take place Friday, December 6th, at 5:30pm at The Haven (112 W. Market St.). If you’re an artist looking for a great way to participate in the community, The Haven is still seeking artwork for the auction. The auction is inspired by the concept of “home”, though entries can interpret this theme broadly. We are also looking for homemade donations of all kinds (knitted items, canned goods, jewelry, etc.).

Proceeds from this event benefit The Haven, which is a comprehensive day shelter and social resource center for the homeless–providing showers, laundry, breakfast, computers, telephone, mailing address, storage and respite from the weather. Haven guests are connected to local services and enrichment activities on site to help them move forward in their lives.
Live Music will be performed by an early jazz swing band. Refreshments will be provided by local breweries, wineries, and farms. Artist-in-Residence studios—a joint program of New City Arts Initiative and The Haven—will be open to the public during the auction.

If you’re interested in donating work, please contact Eleis Lester at Submissions must be received by December 2.

The Haven Harvest Dinner


If you are interested in attending this special evening of food, drink, and music, email for more information.

What You Got Cookin’?

Look out the window and see the sun peeking between the buildings. Put on the coffee, and while it’s brewing set out the mugs. Then go into the walk-in fridge and gather the food that was prepped the day before. Maybe it’s a tray of diced potatoes and sliced onions, peppered and herbed and ready to go in the oven. Maybe it’s a bowl of whisked eggs soon to be poured over the hot, buttered griddle. Or a bushel of strawberries freshly picked from the garden to top off the homemade granola and yogurt. Now the coffee is ready, so take that out. And don’t forget the cream. Stack the plates, and get the serving utensils ready.  Before you know it, there’s a line of familiar faces at the breakfast bar, ready to begin their day the right way:  a healthful meal amongst friendly company. And now the sun is just a little higher in the sky.

The Haven’s kitchen serves an average of sixty breakfasts a day, with highs at the end of the month reaching above seventy-five. The food we serve and the ways in which it is served are essential to the restoration of the health of the guests at The Haven.  A large problem with food and the homeless community is not a lack thereof, but the
quality therein.  We believe that physical health is inextricably linked to mental and emotional health, and when working with a population like ours who is afflicted with a wide range of ailments, nutritional value is the number one goal in every meal we make. The foods we purchase, prepare, and serve are rarely processed. We make most meals from scratch, and always involve volunteers and guests in every step of the production. We have been doing this for over three years now and have no doubt in the transformative aspects of making wholesome foods available to our guests.

Oh, and one more thing: The meals are ALWAYS delicious. Check out some of the latest dishes below. We hope you’re inspired to try your hand at some of these culinary achievements!


Pulled Pork Breakfast Tacos with Fried Bananas

Breakfast tacos and fried bananas



French Toast Stuffed with Fresh Strawberries from the Garden and Slivered Almonds



Egg, Cheese, and Bacon Pies Courtesy of The Pie Guy (Check him out on the downtown mall!)

Pie Guy


Eleis the Kitchen Manager and Culinary Hero!



The Haven Acoustic Showcase: Friday, May 17

Featuring Alex and Amelia of Mountain Man, Caleb Stine, and Red & The Romantics

Friday, May 17th, 7pm–11pm

$10 at the door, or purchase a ticket online here

Come celebrate The Haven’s first annual concert to benefit the day shelter. We work to reduce homelessness by initiating creative solutions and coordinating regional resources and services. The Acoustic Showcase promises to be an evening of the very best singers and songwriters around! Refreshments will be available at the event. Here’s some more info about the performers:

Alex and Amelia of Mountain Man


Recently back from a world tour with Feist, Alex and Amelia will sing songs in the sparse and haunting style that has characterized them as indie-folk legends. This is a rare show, not to be missed. Their last public performance was on Prairie Home Companion, and what a blessing it will be to have them fill The Haven’s sanctuary with their unparalleled hymnal beauty. (

Caleb Stine


Caleb Stine’s music has been described by The New Yorker as “appropriately trainlike–steady and powerful,” by The Baltimore Sun as “Truly compelling.” His confessional singing style and intricate guitar finger-picking will be accompanied by local bassist Lee Johnson an pedal steel powerhouse Dave Hadley. (

Red & The Romantics

RedCharlottesville’s own songster Erik the Red teams up with local musicians Steve Riggs and Betty Jo. This band has established itself as a rightful heir to American masters such as Hank Williams and Johnny Cash. Their sound is as warm and timeless as firewood and whiskey. (


Contact: Lee Johnson, Event Coordinator at The Haven: 434.973.1234, ext. 107;


Artists at The Haven



For the better part of a year now, The Haven has provided shelter for visual artists Victoria Long, Chicho Lorenzo, and Liz Kleberg. During their time here, each has engaged with The Haven’s community in creative, compassionate, individual, and inspiring ways. For example, one Wednesday morning I walked into the dining room an hour after breakfast had ended and found Victoria in the brightly lit sunroom sitting with a couple guests at a table covered in drawing paper and different types of brushes. The group was working on a beautiful collaboration, a collage of visions that seemed diverse, immediate, and somehow unified all at once. Here are a couple quick snapshots:

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The atmosphere around them as they worked was calm, intent, and positive.  The room, normally used for meals and a place to organize one’s  belongings, had been transformed into an interactive space. While I watched them work, a few others gathered. We discussed what they were doing and how we each interpreted the images. Many different narratives, concepts, and philosophies were considered.  With a few simple art supplies and someone with an intentional project, community had been created.

Victoria and Liz were kind enough to answer a few question about making art at The Haven:




An Interview with Artist-in-Residence Victoria Long

1. What drew you to this residency?

I was drawn to the Haven residency because it offered artists both a beautiful sunlit studio to make their own artwork and the opportunity to engage in art activities with the guests. I believe art can be a catalyst for community-building, so I was especially interested in how that could take place in a meaningful way at the Haven.

2. What has been meaningful to you during your time here?

There has been so much for me that has been meaningful during my residency. First, meeting the guests and getting to know them little by little since September has made me feel more connected to Charlottesville at large. For example, when I see a guest from Haven elsewhere in town, I can stop to say hello instead of walking by as if we are strangers. But also it has helped me see the issues that we as a whole community are facing, like affordable housing, more clearly. Second, interacting with the other artists who use the studio as well as the Haven staff and the New City Arts staff has been inspiring and fun.

3. What has been challenging?

I think the most challenging part for me was actually starting my art activities with the Haven guests. I wanted to spend the first part of my residency volunteering in the kitchen or at the welcome desk to get to know people before I tried to start art activities with guests at the Haven. But I felt so shy that it was hard for me to ever feel like I was ready! I finally did, though, and now I hold a weekly collaborative drawing activity for two hours on Wednesday mornings. I tape a big piece of paper to a table in the sunroom, bring out black ink and bamboo brushes, and invite guests to draw together. The drawing is a pretext for gathering strangers together and then hopefully those social interactions bleed into everyday life. A common remark that people make when they first approach the table is “I’m no artist” but once they actually pick up a brush, I noticed that those remarks tend to vanish and people just focus on the act of drawing itself. The first time I organized this activity, a guest named M drew for almost an hour. He was initially wary of participating, but once he got going, he would periodically exclaim that it was really relaxing for him and put his mind at ease.




An Interview with Artist-in-Residence Liz Kleberg

1. What drew you to this residency?

I was drawn to the residency at the Haven by it’s community-centered spirit.  I loved the idea of physically being downtown in the midst of all types of activities within the city.  The Haven functions within this atmosphere as a vibrant hub of activity as well, involving all types of people serving different purposes, intended for the good of the city and its people.  Being an artist in this environment is stimulating and exciting, challenging the artistic tendency to withdraw and isolate.  I am motivated by the energy the Haven generates, and the spirit of community that it fosters. 


 2. What has been meaningful to you during your time here?
I have enjoyed volunteering in the kitchen as part of my role as artist-in-residence.  It has been great to interact with guests on a regular weekly basis, and to create friendships that are enforced as the physical space is shared.  It is exciting to tell others that I have a studio at the Haven because it changes people’s expectations about the Haven’s role in the surrounding community, and it generates curiosity.  
3. What has been challenging?
It has been challenging at times to maintain a practice that is mostly private, while being intentional about interacting with others sharing the Haven’s space.  At times I struggle balancing focused studio work with the desire to build relationships with others– staff, guests, and volunteers.  It is a good problem to have, however, because the Haven is constantly buzzing with life