The Haven is a group of justice-oriented monthly supporters whose reliable monthly giving helps refugees rebuild their place of safety, stability, and refuge, their haven. Our members believe in refugees and are building solutions to empower refugees for lasting, generational impact.
How You Can Help
The most helpful way to advance our mission is predictable, stable funding. Even small amounts of money given on a predictable basis help us manage planning, expenses, strategy, and budgets.
Per month for one year, can pay for the labor of processing and manufacturing a dozen Bashe Bora Tarps that will provide stronger roofs for twelve displaced families
Can provide a family with Emergency Floor
Or $100/month for one year, can sponsor one person to become an entrepreneur, making and selling tarps through Shelter Workshop
Your Quarterly Newsletter Connection
For the Love of Home
For the love of home is a quarterly impact report we send via email to update you on our progress and remind you how much your contribution matters.
Haven Welcome Kit
Every new member of The Haven receives a kit to welcome them to our community. You'll receive:
A personalized letter
An informational document that details your donation impact and what your monthly gift does specifically
A unique, one of a kind "billboard bag" made from leftover billboard tarps. Only members of The Haven who donate $30 or more receive these bags as a "thank you." They are not for purchase.
An Every Shelter sticker for placement on your water bottle, laptop, or car
You Belong Here
We couldn’t do the work we do without them.
This incredible community is composed of generous and passionate people like you— from every age and stage of life who seek to make a difference in the lives of refugees. Haven members desire to bring dignity to the displaced, take new steps forward, and change lives.
"I joined the Haven because I want to use my money to make a difference in the world and each month I know my donation to Every Shelter does just that. It gives opportunities to refugees while also using innovation to improve their shelters makes my donation go even further. Thank you Every Shelter, for helping me make a difference."
"I joined the Haven because I love their focus on improving the lives of refugees by working to improve the built environment that they live in every day, sometimes for years on end. Since starting to partner with Every Shelter, I've only seen them get more passionate about and focused on fulfilling this mission in practical, sustainable ways. I'm always excited to see what's coming next to take new steps forward."
"We joined the Haven because every person should have a space that is safe to sleep in. Every person should have access to a clean floor and stable roof. Every Shelter is doing great work. We have confidence in the wisdom and care of the people leading it out and we are glad to be able to be a (very) small part of it."
Mark & Ashlee
"I chose to join The Haven to help bring stability and security to displaced individuals and families. Refugees are forced to deal with uncertainty in many aspects of their life, and I am proud to support an organization that provides them with real solutions for their day-to-day lives."
"I volunteer to help refugees who resettled in Houston after spending many years in camps near their homes. I was drawn to join The Haven because of Every Shelter's work to help refugees live with dignity during this part of their journey."
"We love being a part of The Haven because we share Every Shelter's value for recognizing the dignity of others through human-centered, quality design. We believe the best, most innovative solutions come from collaborating with those who are on the ground. We are so grateful to learn from watching the process!"
"We joined the Haven because we see the potential for change in the refugee crisis, and think that they are able to make a difference. Engineering, business, and entrepreneurship are our passions, and it's our dream to see those come together through this organization to impact many people across the world. We are so grateful to be able to share our time and finances to equip Every Shelter to change lives."
Elizabeth & Owen
"I donate to The Haven each month not just because I believe in the mission of Every Shelter but because I love how Every Shelter implements its mission. They work with local experts providing a way forward for many people and the innovative, sustainable design is just plain cool. A company that does so much for both relief and development makes me feel like my donations are always being used for something meaningful and lasting."
"I decided to join The Haven because of Every Shelter's human-centered design model and mission, which keeps refugees and the displaced at the center of the story. With such a focus, I know my monthly donations go directly to pressing needs at hand or to the strategic plan Every Shelter continues to build with refugees and the displaced for the future."
Please make checks to Every Shelter and mail to our office:
4701 Dickson St.
Houston, TX 77007
If you would like to designate your gift to a specific program or give in honor/memory of someone, please add a note to the memo line of your check (or include a stickie note). Our team will reach out to thank you when your check arrives.
We are so grateful for your interest in giving through your DAF. Here is our mailing address and EIN for your paperwork:
4701 Dickson St.
Houston, TX 77007
Our Tax ID (EIN) is: 83-2501756
If you would like to designate your gift to a specific program or give in honor/memory of someone, please send us a note so we can restrict your gift accordingly. Our team will reach out to thank you when your check arrives.
Noella Kabale Kalu is a Congolese by nationality, living in Uganda as a refugee registered in the urban setting since 2011. She is the founder of REAL Uganda and Refugee Women Voices, a member of the Refugee-led Network (RELON), Refugee Representative at the CRRF steering working group. She aspires to build a society where women, men, and young females are treated with dignity, fairness, and respect, regardless of their status & and vulnerable conditions they find themselves in due to war, conflict, or other atrocities.
Advisory Board Member
Andy Agaba is a Praxis Fellow and the founder of Hiinga, a Christian Impact Investing Fund working across a spectrum of sectors including healthcare, financial services, education, agriculture, and manufacturing in East Africa. He graduated from Harvard Kennedy School where he was a Gleitsman Innovation Fellow at the Center for Public Leadership. At Uganda's Makerere University, he was a Poli sci major. Andy advises at the MIT Martin Trust Center for Entrepreneurship and is an award-winning documentary photographer.
Advisory Board Member
Marie is a Social Worker, currently working with the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) as a Community Paralegal in Nakivale Refugee Settlement, and Interpreter for Refugee Resettlement Programs. Marie is a refugee from Rwanda and has lived in Nakivale Refugee Settlement since 2008. She holds a Bachelor in Social Work and a CEFE Licence for Entrepreneurship Trainer. She is passionate about contributing to the improvement of refugee livelihoods and is also a Master Trainer for the MarketPlace Literacy Program in Nakivale.
Co-Founder and Board Member
As a designer from the private sector, I'm passionate about ideas that improve the lives of those in need. My experience designing buildings, products, and art has taught me an important lesson: The most meaningful work is produced when partners work hand-in-hand on a common mission. Over the past 5 years, I've watched Every Shelter transform from an academic pursuit to working (and learning) alongside world-class organizations to design solutions that bring dignity to displaced communities. I have never been more proud of the work we're doing and look forward to seeing how we can continue to collaborate to solve the challenges ahead.
At Every Shelter I have the unique opportunity to use two passions in my life, mathematics and parenting, in one position. As a mathematician, I appreciate effective, elegant, and well-developed solutions to a problem. As a mom of two little ones, I also know the importance of sharing the stories, challenges, and successes of my life with my kids and others. As Communications Specialist for Every Shelter, I have the opportunity to inform the public about innovative designs as well as share the stories of people who are resolutely rebuilding their lives in new communities and countries despite overwhelming challenges. I believe that every person who reads about our work has the ability to impact people’s lives across the globe as they follow along with the journey to help people rebuild their lives from the floor up.
As a mother to two young children, I cannot imagine the fear and despair I would feel if I was forced to leave the comfort of my home and community. The fact that this is a growing reality for so many people around our world is truly heartbreaking. I believe our compassion can make a significant impact in the lives of these displaced populations. As Melinda Gates writes, “Philanthropy is not about the money. It’s about using whatever resources you have at your fingertips and applying them to improving the world.” Therefore, it is my privilege to mobilize people to make a global impact with their time, gifts, and resources through partnering with Every Shelter as we labor to bring better provisions and life dignifying solutions to forcefully displaced populations.
I am deeply committed to advocating for joint solutions to economic and social development issues. I consider myself a global citizen with cross-cultural experience working as an economist in Eswatini, a Girl Scout volunteer in rural Switzerland, and teaching in Mathare, one of Kenya's largest slums. My desire to work towards dignified shelter solutions for vulnerable people started while working in Mathare Slums. Four years later, I am now working with and for refugees in Uganda. I have loved using my many abilities in this new sector, and my favorite thing has been working with local small enterprises and refugee organizations to sew the tarps! As someone conscious of how my own actions affect the wider community, I am always learning new ways to help make things a little better.
Co-Founder and CPO
Ras al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates
I’ve been traveling the globe in development-related pursuits for more than 20 years, working with people throughout the varied stages of displacement. During my tenure in Afghanistan, I saw first-hand the challenges my Afghan colleagues faced that caused them to flee for their lives. While studying in northern Uganda, I met families struggling through years of displacement despite multiple attempts to return home. Through volunteer resettlement work in the US, I welcomed resettled refugees hoping to rebuild their lives in a new place while mourning the loss of friends and family they left behind. I am keenly aware of the human tendency to look at images of displaced people and refugees and immediately categorize them as “other.” Through joining Every Shelter, I have the chance to share stories that can change that category to “one another” and help us work together toward dignified, human-centered solutions.
Co-Founder and CEO
The process of designing new approaches and solutions to grave issues drives me. I believe the private sector and its vast reserves of professional skills and resources can fruitfully add to the productivity of ongoing humanitarian efforts to create a more just and merciful society. We all have a responsibility to do our part, but I firmly believe that in giving of ourselves we receive far more back than we give. Wendell Berry writes, “life is a gift we have only by giving it back again.” As a father of two young daughters, I want to model the intelligent, diligent, and hard-working compassion toward our neighbor to which I believe we are all obliged. It’s urgent and important work that we do.