About The Unforgotten Haven
The Unforgotten Haven is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to help the less fortunate. We work in partnership with churches and other community organizations. All of our services are provided without charge.
We accomplish our mission with 20+project groups. Each group has a different focus. One group feeds the homeless. Another group distributes snack packs to chemo patients. Another assists women in domestic violence shelters.
Where We Help
Most of the Unforgotten Haven's services and donations are used in our local community. However, our services are not county-based or state-based. We help wherever there is need. This includes conducting hurricane relief missions to Louisiana, North Carolina, and Florida.
Our building is located at 100 South Black Horse Pike in Blackwood, NJ. The main level functions as a hub for volunteers and donated items. Our kitchen overflows with donated housewares. The pantry contains non-perishable food items. Our shelves hold toiletries and other supplies for our 20+ projects.
Michele Gambone founded The Unforgotten Haven in December 2014. Jeanne Rodrigues first become involved in March 2015. Jeanne officially became Michele's partner on December 20, 2015. Together, Michele and Jeanne oversee the Haven's mission of helping those less fortunate.
In October 2016, a second location opened in Long Island, New York. This location can be reached via email at [email protected].
Read more about The Unforgotten Haven:
- "South Jersey Nonprofit Helps Louisiana Flood Victims" - Courier Post
- "Unforgotten Haven Goes From Helping One Homeless Family to Countless Others" - NJ.com
- "South Jersey Duo Team Up To Help Others In Need" - Courier Post
- "Brotherly Love: Small Donations Grow Large for Blackwood Non-Profit" - CBS Philly
- "Unforgotten Haven Seeks A Haven" - Sicklerville Sun
- "South Jersey Nonprofit to Stuff, Distribute Thousands of Backpacks" - SNJ Today
- "Unforgotten Haven Stuffs Record Number of Chemotherapy Bags" - Sicklerville Sun
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
We are open:
- Monday: 10am-12pm
- Wednesday: 10am-12pm and 4pm-8pm
- Saturday: 8am-12pm
- Sunday: Our homeless outreach leaves from the Haven for Camden at 11:15 am
We are located at 100 South Black Horse Pike in Blackwood, NJ, directly across the street from Chews Florist.
Donations can be dropped off whenever we are open. Please DO NOT leave donations outside the building at any time.
We can help with non-perishable food items and toiletries. We cannot help with bills, rent, or security deposits. We are a non-profit organization that does not receive funding.
You do not need an appointment to come in for help or to volunteer. Just drop by during our open hours, which are posted on our website.
We collect prom dresses, diapers, wipes, baby toiletries, non-perishable food items (especially cans with pop tops), trial size and full-size toiletries and feminine products. We also collect pet food and new school supplies and cookie mix. We do accept children’s books in good condition for CHOP and new toys.
We DO NOT accept clothing, books, used toys, stuffed animals, knick knacks, decorative items, anything electrical, car seats, pillows or beds or furniture.
Here is a link to all the items we need and accept.
We no longer accept used clothing except for prom dresses for our Fairy Godmother Prom Boutique. However, we do collect coats, gloves, hats, and scarves during the winter months.
Yes! Volunteers are always welcome. Simply stop by during our open hours, and the manager on duty will give you a tour, and you can jump right in!
We also have ongoing events that need volunteers. Follow our Facebook page for updates.
You and your group can also volunteer to make PB&J sandwiches, snack packs for chemo, or blessing bags for the homeless.
We typically have 20+ projects going on at one time so there is something for everyone! Check out our project groups page to see how you can help.
We serve as a hub and share donations with other non-profit 501(c)3 organizations. We do extensive research to be sure nothing is sold by the organization before we form a partnership.
We are a 501(c)3 organization with 30,000+ followers and 30+ team members. Our team members are all volunteers and no one is paid.
Although we have been nominated and received several awards and appreciate being recognized, we ask that any award for The Unforgotten Haven recognize the team as a whole—not an individual.
The Haven team is made up of many volunteers (all of whom are unpaid). To single out any one individual doesn't reflect the spirit of teamwork that we try to foster at The Unforgotten Haven.