Haven Ministries Shelter is a temporary winter shelter serving the homeless of Queen Anne’s County, Maryland. The shelter is open from December through April and is operated by some staff members along with a volunteer force made up of area Christian churches and community members. Haven Ministries Shelter is the result of the planning and support of Haven Ministries, an alliance of Christian churches working as one body to help those in need in the name of Jesus Christ.

Purpose: To provide a safe and warm environment for the night to men, women, and children. To serve three meals along with assistance for clothing, food, and other necessities to all shelter guests. To provide hope through Jesus Christ to those in need.

Dates of Operation:

October 2018 – April 2019
7 days a week

Kent Island United Methodist Church, Fellowship Hall 2739
Cox Neck Road (Near corner of Cox Neck Road and Route 50)
Chester, MD 21619

Director of Operations:
Sandi Wiscott
Phone: 410-739-7859                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          *Anyone in need of shelter should call Sandi

Volunteer Coordinator:
Karen Bardwell
Phone: 410-490-3173                                                                                                                                                                                 

Executive Director:
Krista Petti                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Phone: 410-739-4363

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Haven Ministries Emergency Food Pantry

Haven Ministries Emergency Food Pantry is available the third Friday of every month (except November) at Safe Harbor Presbyterian Church in Stevensville, Maryland, from 5:30pm-7:00pm. Over 7,000 pounds of food is distributed to needy families during each food distribution date.  Approximately 100 individuals receive food and then feed their families, representing over 235 people who are fed.

Purpose: To provide emergency food to the residents of Queen Anne’s County. Haven Ministries partners with the Maryland Food Bank as well as community members and groups to purchase and collect food. Over 7,000 pounds of food is distributed to approximately 130 families every month.

Dates and Location of Food Pantry:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         The third Friday of every month (except for November)                                                                                                                                                                              5:30pm-7:00pm Safe Harbor Presbyterian Church GYM                                                                                                                                                                                       931 Love Point Road, Stevensville, MD 21666                                                                                                                                                                                                Volunteer Coordinator: Karen Bardwell: 410-490-3173

Haven Ministries Resource Center

The Resource Center advances the ministry of Haven Ministries by offering a place of referral and connection to services to residents of Queen Anne’s County. The Resource Center includes case management services, educational programs, job training, and use of computers and office equipment.

Church Fund:  The Church Fund is distributed at the Haven Ministries Resource Center.   Local Churches have committed financial resources to Haven Ministries through the Church Fund for the purpose of helping pay bills for Queen Anne’s County public.  Folks in need of financial assistance meet with a case manager at the Resource Center who thoroughly researches each request.  The following Churches participate in the Church Fund and do not take individual requests:  Centreville United Methodist Church, Christ Church KI, Island Alliance, Our Mother of Sorrows, Wye parish Episcopal Church, Wye Mills United Methodist Church, St Paul’s Episcopal Church.

Purpose: To meet the needs of QAC residents who need a hand up by offering  financial assistance with bills, job training, wellness, limited pastoral counseling, and enrichment classes.

Dates of Operation:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Monday through Friday 8:30am-4:30pm.

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (basement)
301 South Liberty Street
Centreville, MD 21617

Phone Number:  410-758-0129

Our Daily Thread Thrift Store
Our Daily thread Thrift Store provides deeply discounted prices on clothing and household items with proceeds benefiting Haven Ministries.  Our Daily Thread Thrift Store is a revenue source for Haven Ministries.  The profits from eh sales help fund all of the Haven Ministries’ programs.  The Thrift Store also provides a place for clients to work and gain valuable job experience and community connections.

Purpose: Our Daily Thread Thrift Store collects donations of clothing and household items from the community and sells them at deeply discounted prices. The store provides community members a place to shop that is affordable and sells decent products. Our Daily Thread Thrift Store also gives away free items to those in need in Queen Anne’s County. Referrals for this often come from county and state programs as well as churches and other nonprofit organizations.

Donations: Donations Are welcomed and accepted during store hours only: gently used clothing, shoes, household goods, collectables, toys, small applicances, and small furniture items. No baby equipment or electronics.

Volunteers: To volunteer, please contact the store manager, Liz Bazzell:  410-353-0455.

Dates of Operation:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Monday – Saturday from 10am-4pm.                                                                                                                                                                                                              Donations of gently used clothing and household items are accepted only during store hours.

Location: 425 Thompson Creek Road, Stevensville, MD 21666.                                                                                                                                                                        The Thrift Store is located near Cracker Barrel in Stevensville within a small strip mall.

Phone: 410-353-0455

Manager: Liz Bazzell

Street Outreach Services

Haven Ministries’ staff proactively work with individuals and families who are experiencing a housing crisis before they are in need of emergency shelter services.  Staff also help connect folks with available resources. An average of 20 individuals and families are helped monthly though Street Outreach Services.

Purpose:  To help community members experiencing a housing crisis.

Contact Information:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Sandi, Director of Operations for the Shelter: 410-739-7859


Art For Your Wall

Haven Ministries has initiated a new program to provide original artwork to people making the transition from homelessness (or living in a shelter) to permanent housing. We recognize that when money is tight, buying artwork is probably a low priority. But artwork can help a new place feel like home and provide a genuine sense of ownership.

Under the Art for Your Home program, original artwork is provided at no cost. Importantly, recipients get to choose which artwork they want — something that is meaningful for them.
As part of this effort, we will soon be establishing an on-line gallery where potential recipients can view available artwork and select pieces.

In this effort, we are happy to be partnering with the Queen Anne’s County Centre for the Arts, which has agreed to store donated artwork as well as to solicit art donations from its members.
Contact Information:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Phil Stapleton ( or Krista Pettit (, 410-739-4363