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Our History

In June 2016, Emmaus Haven of Venango embarked on two essential and successful partnerships to begin their non-profit organization debt free. One was with the Venango County Human Services’ Housing Department (VCHS), and one was with Mustard Seed Missions (MSM) of Venango County.

Emmaus Haven obtained and refurbished a building located at 1269 Liberty Street in Franklin, PA. Mustard Seed Missions provided the majority of the work to remodel the interior of the third-floor apartments. Emmaus Haven then rented that space to VCHS for its Bridge Housing Program. There were three apartments which housed two people each. The Bridge Housing Program was for those that were in a homeless situation and transitioning into permanent housing with the assistance of the County Housing Department. The Program ended in October of 2022.

Emmaus Haven of Venango has also refurbished a former parish hall at 580 Colbert Avenue in Oil City, PA. This property had been vacant for several years and needed internal and external modifications to safely accommodate up to 16 beds for homeless adult males.

shelter stays

warm beds

meals given

Our Board

Deacon Dave Betz

Bill Buchna

April Hull

Ittsey Tologo

Verna Carson

Jimmy Johnson

Mary Nelson

Rev. Mark Elliston

Bonnie Summers

Christine Bingman

Joyce Frenz

Darrin Sheridan