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By Jesse Sines
For The Sentinel 

Haven opens as young persons' activities place


Jesse Sines for The Sentinel

A SAFE HAVEN: Peggy Woodard and Kim Laulile-Maiava stand in front of the new facility for young people, the Haven.

A safe place to enjoy the afternoon and evening in the company of others and playing music and board games are just a few highlights of The Haven. The facility opened its doors on Saturday during Community Days, meeting a warm reception from the community.

The project seeks to follow the ministry of compassion for young adults and teenagers. Peggy Woodard, owner of Adonai's Christian Book Store, planned The Haven over a long period of time with the help of her late husband.

"It's open for everyone; that's our target," explains Woodard. "Nine years ago next month we held our first meeting to see who all was interested in making something like this happen." After those years and a makeover of the building on West Allyn leased by the Nazarene Church, The Haven will be having its grand opening on July 17 to July 20, complete with a barbecue and live music.

Taking up the managerial role is Kim Laulile-Maiava, who states gladly, "It's just going to be a place that has a safe environment that is open to the community. We're going to have different events every month from game night to live music to possibly poetry nights."

The Haven will also be available for groups that would like a place to meet. Added to the potential for events, coffee, tea, soda, and snacks will be provided at a modest cost that naturally goes to the ministry. Wireless internet will also be available for those who wish to bring their computers and/or tablets.

There will be volunteers working at The Haven on from Thursday to Sunday, and both Laulile-Maiava and Woodard are hoping for more to facilitate. "There's a little bit more to it than just having a spot, too," Woodard says, "Our desire for it is to show our community that Jesus Christ loves them."

Although a ministry, the facility isn't meant to appear as a church. The intent is a focus on community and a place to enjoy the company of others in a comfortable place safely. Woodard reassures, "We're not in competition with anybody. We're not-for-profit; it's for serving the community."

The Haven is located on 120 West Allyn, next to the Nazarene Church, across from the Courthouse. The hours are Thursday and Sunday from 3:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 3:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Laulile-Maiava and Woodard say they would love the community's company during their grand opening July 17 to July 20.


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