Christmas offering this year will be divided between the Community Dinner Fund and Emmaus Haven of Venango County.

In June 2016, Emmaus Haven embarked on two essential and successful partnerships to begin their non-profit organization debt free. One was with Venango County Housing Services (VCHS) and one was with Mustard Seed Missions (MS) of Venango County.
Emmaus Haven is a temporary homeless shelter for men and women in Venango County that encourages the homeless to rebuild their lives personally, spiritually in a warm and safe setting. Presently there is a 6-bed unit building at 1269 Liberty Street, Franklin.
The average stay is 77 days, and the apartments are at 93% occupancy at any given time. There is a life coach who assists residents to obtain the life skills necessary for successful transition into permanent housing.
Emmaus Haven is in the process of refurbishing a former parish hall at 580 Colbert Avenue in Oil City. When completed it will accommodate up to 16 beds for homeless individuals, as well as a small internal apartment for full-time housing staff.

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