In January 2018, Williamsburg House of Mercy and the Greater Williamsburg Outreach Mission (GWOM) agreed to partner on Grace Haven Family Shelter.
GWOM is provides the location, and Williamsburg House of Mercy provides the case management, programming, and rehousing and stabilization of the families utilizing the shelter.
Grace Haven Family Shelter opened in August 2017 and to date has seen 14 individuals rehoused and stabilized!
Grace Haven Family Shelter is an emergency shelter serving families experiencing homelessness. Our mission is driven by the belief that every person should have comfort, a safe place to live, and access to amenities normally found in a loving home.
Grace Haven Family Shelter seeks to restore families to dignity and self-sufficiency, as well as to provide a safe place to live while families gain stability.
The staff in the Mercy Housing office, along with trained volunteers, work with families to help them connect with community services, apply for jobs, and develop specific skills to establish a sustainable future.
Families are identified for shelter services by referrals from partner agencies within our community. Once accepted, families will complete the intake process with a Mercy Housing Case Manager.
The process to begin rapidly rehousing the family begins on day one.
Williamsburg-James City County School District estimates that they have at least 425 children every year living in unstable housing situations including hotels.