Before there was a Haven Men's Shelter, there was a discussion of the homeless coalition the latter part of November, 2005. This discussion had been on-going for sometime and everyone agreed there was a need, but nothing had been done to cater to that need.
Seven agencies around Rock Hill and York County began meeting. This group consisted of the following individuals: Rebecca Melton (American Red Cross), Terri Alford (United Way), Jennifer Coye (Interfaith Hospitality), Mike Wallace (York Baptist Assoc.), Gina Amato (Piligrim's Inn), Seth Crosby (TLC Ministries), and Capt. Nakisha Carr (Salvation Army).
The group devised a plan and began looking for a location for the shelter. Once the building was obtained on 1435 Archive Street, although a temporary location, momentum picked up and the plan was put into action. The community responded well to the vision with donations and volunteers. On Tuesday, January 17, 2006, merely 6-7 weeks after the initial planning Winterhaven was opened. Volunteers were lined up to check men in each evening as well as volunteers to provide meals each night. As temperatures dropped the number of individuals coming in increased. Today, the Haven houses 12 men and operates with 4 Residential managers. The goal of the Haven is to help these men transition back into society by providing them with the necessary opportunities.