It’s Oh Happy Day for Hamilton Haven


The title of the 1969 song by the Edwin Hawkins Singers symbolizes the feelings of the staff of Hamilton Haven, which on April 3 formally announced its opening.

“Hamilton Haven is an excellent example of when people come together under a unified vision to create community,” said Executive Director Michele Hamilton Rhodes.

The renovation of a house on East Second Street purchased by Ms. Rhodes began with a “Demolition Day” in April 2018. Two years later the efforts of numerous volunteers have paid off.

“I met Michele shortly before she decided to purchase the house with the intent of housing displaced individuals, said Christy Higginbotham, who has been an instrumental in renovations. “For some time now, one of my heart’s passions has been caring for the most vulnerable in our community. It has been awesome to see how God in His goodness has provided for this project.”

Hamilton Haven will be a temporary home for people displaced due to fire or natural disasters and other situations as determined by Hamilton Haven leadership. No such facility exists in Nevada County, and it will be available to those in Hempstead County and surrounding areas.

“It has been a blessing to those of us who worked on this project,” said Hamilton Haven Board of Directors member and Chief Financial Officer Brenda Williams. “We always said don’t worry He will provide and time and time again He did.”

Government leaders, local businesses, churches, non-profit organizations and private donations have provided great support to the project.

“This completed house will be such a blessing to our people when they are going through the transition after a fire in their home,” said Prescott Mayor Terry Oliver. “Thanks to Michele and everyone who donated their time and effort into making this project such a success.”

State Representative Danny Watson, who toured Hamilton Haven in October, added “Hamilton Haven is not a handout to the downtrodden, individuals displaced due to fire, natural disasters, or other unforeseen situations but rather a hand up. What a vision in time of need.”

Public Relations Coordinator Nathan Tidwell advised that due to COVID-19 restrictions a ribbon cutting ceremony and Open House will not occur at this time. “We’ll revisit that when the social situation allows,” Tidwell said.

The initial phase is complete, but the journey continues.

“Hamilton Haven support is necessary to address the symptoms fear, hurt, and hopelessness. Our antidote will be to serve with providing shelter,” said Rhodes.

Hamilton Haven is a 501(c)(3) organization and designated as a public charity by the Internal Revenue Service. Contributions are tax deductible. Anyone interested in contributing, volunteering or receiving more information can contact Ms. Rhodes at 870-403-8096 or Mr. Tidwell at 501-687-7844. Hamilton Haven can be reached via e-mail [email protected], on Facebook (, Instagram (hamiltonhaven870) and Twitter (@HamiltonHaven1).

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