God Will Always Provide. It Just Might Look Different Than What We Had In Mind

On behalf of Haven I am officially announcing that Paul Hulse has decided to part ways with Haven and start another non-profit organization that will focus mainly on Ocean County. Haven will continue to serve the southern counties with an emphasis on Atlantic County. For now we will leave this webpage basically as is because the great work that has been done over the years by so many wonderful people can certainly never be forgotten. We humbly thank all of you who have supported us in the past and we look forward to your continued support as we move forward! May God Bless you always……………. Bill Southrey.

 At the Haven Code Blue Facility, Toms River we had 1730 bed nights (number of times people found shelter) with 170 people total!

Many Guests helped keep the building clean and volunteered every morning. 

We were open 66 times for Code Blue nights and 40 individuals where connected to county service providers through Code Blue 2018/2019 season at the Toms River location.

Haven Beat the Streets 2019 Ocean County  Events! 

  Maria Moroca, Laurie Huryk and Mo Hill of Toms River Council  with Haven Volunteers at the March 9, 2019 Applebees fundraiser in Toms River.

Lower Photo: Bill Southrey, Councilman Terrance Turnbach and Councilwomen Laurie Huryk visiting Havens Code Blue site at the  Toms River Wood Recreation Building. 

Thank you Toms River Police Department for your support during code blue every year…

“We find the resources to help heal the lost and broken. No strings, just faith and trust in Jesus Christ.

Come all he who have heavy laden and I will find you rest.

Jesus Christ

What we do in Ocean and Atlantic Counties and how your money is spent by HAVEN.

All our services are offered free to the homeless

  • Help create long term plans
  • Pay utility bills per case
  • Help in back rent situations per case
  • Pay needed phone bills per case
  • Find mental health resources
  • Find substance abuse resources
  • Interview training/support
  • Emergency housing/temporary homeless shelter
  • Transportation
  • Intense Case Management
  • Food insecurities
  • Help understanding Social Services
  • Work through eligibility barriers
  • Housing in our Haven Building Atlantic City

If you or someone you know needs our help, please contact us as soon as possible.


Mission Statement

HAVEN / Beat The Street Inc. is a non-profit organization that is designed to assist all categories of people in need  ie. homeless families, singles, the impoverished.  Focusing on solutions such as rental assistance and subsides, utility assistance (not cable), transportation, emergency shelter, nutritious food, information and referral (INR). We are the last option but often the first solution. Our faith is the reason for our existence  Matthew 25:31-38


To remember that we can always do something for a person in need. We never run out of options because there is always a solution. It just may take time to find and/or create. To always seek God for help in our efforts and to treat those we serve as if they were our Lord Himself.


We are working toward securing a site to work with people in Ocean and Atlantic County and to develop a shelter system. Ocean County at present has a total of 25 shelter beds with a census of over 500 homeless in need of shelter each and every day. Our hope is to overcome the public sentiment of, Not in my back yard, to a front yard experience in which the homeless are helped visibly, immediately and provided with a safe warm place with a roof and four walls.

What we need

We need the cooperation of each locale’s citizenry, its government and its society. Once we establish our community connections the next major need is funding to be cultivated, secured, to create projects that become solutions to the homeless condition of each and every individual. No more than 12% of donations will be spent on non direct services of those we serve.

231 North New Road
Absecon New Jersey 08201

Thank you for considering us to partner with you to be your homeless advocates and missionaries in Ocean County, Monmouth County and Atlantic County.  Help us help the homeless take back their lives. Donations are tax deductible. No more than 10 percent will be used for overhead

HAVEN Building Atlantic City New Jersey


Haven’s building has thirteen apartments that house multiple families and individuals. Haven’s housing program offers people a chance to get back on their feet again by providing short term and permanent housing. All residents have access to Haven’s services , Pastoral Counseling, and Case Management.  Donations given to Haven help with expenses like insurance, living expenses, repairs, etc.  The housing program is designed to help the homeless get back on their feet and take back their lives. Please consider donating to Haven so we can continue our work to help those who are homeless and poverty stricken.  If you would like to learn more about our organization or to tour our facility, please contact Haven at bill@havenstreets.org.

  • Includes
  • 12 apartments
  • Hot water and heat included
  • Tenant responsible for gas and electric
  • Job search help
  • 24 Hour property surveillance
  • Upgrades made to units
  • Units consist of kitchen, living room and bathroom
  • Refrigerator in apartments
  • Coin operated washer and dryer available on site
  • Help residents with access to broad range of Human Services in County
  • Please Email paul@havenstreets.org  for rental options

Haven had “TWO” new warming centers in Ocean County. Listen to their 2017 outlook with Haven in their corner.

Alive Again Church, 1060 Church Road

Second and fourth week of the month. Tuesday Wednesday 9 Am to 4Pm

Website: http://aliveagainalliance.com/

Assembly Of God Church, 800 Bay Ave, Toms River

Second and fourth week of the month Winter months only. 12pm to 8pm Thursday and Friday

Website: http://tomsriverag.org/


New Thrift Store we are partnered with.  We are looking for donations and volunteers .

Located At:

Smithville Towne Center
45 South New York Road Suite 219F
Smithville NJ, 08205
Open Daily 9am to 6pm

2016 Sister Jean’s and Haven’s Coat Giveaway. 400 were served.

2015 Sister Jean’s and Haven’s Coat Give Away. 325 were served

Warming Center closed due to complaints by surrounding business. This is what is called, “NOT IN MY BACK YARD” (NIMBY).

Let us pray that people will learn to have more compassion toward the homeless.


Grace and Peace Church Southern Ocean County Campus  provides a warm place for those who are in need.  Coffee and cake provided by The People’s Pantry of Toms River, NJ locatedat21 South Main St. in Barnegat, NJ.

Pastor Pat Sharkey, a well known 20 year servant to the Lord,  has a compassionate heart in helping the homeless and less fortunate of Ocean County, New Jersey.

Pastor Pat Sharkey and Bill Southrey

Clothing Giveaway

Christmas Giveaway for families


Volunteers serving in the Warming Center



Two easy ways to donate and contact us. We are a 501-c3. All donations are tax deductible.

1. Mail in your donation to:

HAVEN / Beat the Street Inc.

P.O Box 5441

Toms River N,J 08754

2. “CLICK” on the PayPal button.

 mailing list:  paul@havenstreets.org

Bill Southrey, President of the Board


Paul Hulse, Chief Operation Officer


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      2017 Success

Max Malick 35, of Ocean County was living in his mother’s living room for four years with his three children. Thanks to a huge community effort we were able to supply him with a home, a vehicle and furniture. We could not have done this without the help of our partners and the community. Van Dyk Group, Peoples Pantry Toms River,  Mr. Matters, Habitat Of Humanity of Toms River, Luminer Foundation, Asbury Park Press, and all who donated.. Thank you for your help and support.

Steve Hemberger 61, was truly down on his luck. He broke his ankle and did not even know it. We were called out to his site and were able to help him to get out of the woods, to get his ID and Birth Certificate and housing while his foot healed. Steve was helped by us in 2014 but lost his housing to a lack of funding and work due to ID barriers. We fixed that problem. Ms Judy of Toms River Community Church has been very helpful with Steve as well.

Haven has brought hundreds of homeless families back to life over the last three years!

Over 3,000 families have come through HAVEN / Beat the Streets Inc. services.

Haven Homeless Facts

  • Over 68 people have been housed by Tent City Lakewood Project and helped with furniture essentials and transportation.

  • Over 450 people served with bagged lunches by partners on the streets of New Jersey cities.

  • Joined Drug awareness with Teen Challenge from Newark NJ and Ocean County

  • Joined Counties to help housing difficulties in Ocean County And Atlantic County

  • Helped find jobs for 30 newly housed from Lakewood Tent City and non Tent City residences.

  • We have a three story 13 apartment building located in Atlantic City for low income and transitional living.

  • Helped 60 families navigate out of homelessness through complex Social Service Systems …

For God so loved the world He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.John 3:16-17 NLT

Lisa out of the “Woods”


Lisa Mazza 50 going into her new home from homelessness


Above …. Lisa Mazza and Bill Southrey, CEO/Haven Beat The Street Inc.

Lisa Mazza 50, was found living behind Denny’s’ in Absecon, NJ. We started by putting her in hotels and brought her food and clothing. We advocated for her with multiple services. It was a trying battle. Yet after six months of fighting she was accepted into JFS in Atlantic County and on November 30, 2015 she entered her new home! We have helped get her furniture and helped her meet her household needs.

Big O

Otha Pratt 61, of Egg Harbor Township talks to a reporter outside a motel in Barnegat, NJ on Wednesday April 1, 2015. Otha, a former homeless man and others have been helped by HAVEN/Beat The Street Inc.  Otha and Bill Southrey have a long history stemming back to the Mission.  He never forgot what Bill Southrey did for him. Otha, a former gangster from the Bronx is now a God fearing man thanks to the help and spiritual wisdom of Mr. Southrey.


In 1982 Daniel Smith was the youngest person to stay at the Atlantic City Rescue Mission where he met Bill Southrey. At the age of 12 he slept on a couch outside of then Executive Director Rex Whiteman’s office. Bill and Daniel have remained close and often worked together over the years.

Outreach effort 2014 Monmouth, Atlantic and Ocean Counties 2014


Above …. Marianne Dunnkosky 51, and her daughter at the Route 9 motel in Barnegat, NJ which they call home in Ocean County. We found the Dunnkosky’s in the woods before a rainstorm and  provided them temporary shelter by providing $1,500 for the March stay in Barnegat. The funds came from donations. They are currently working on a more stable home.


Above …. Marianne’s new home

Marianne Dunnkosky, 51 now stands on her front porch thanks to Haven and Ocean Mental Health. She moved into her new home on December 1, 2015 and is so happy to be out of the woods. She will maintain stable residency for at least the next 5 years.


Below Martin Truex Jr and Kimu Burgos. 9/25/2014


Kimu Burgos 42, a former Tent City Homeless Shelter resident at Martin Truex Jr. Foundation event.  (V.I.P in photo above 9/25/2014) We have helped him from tent living to having his first home in nearly 20 years. Kimu has a long road to full rehabilitation but he is one of many souls we help to take back their lives.  He is featured in our first news letter Volume 1

In 2014/2015 we created a warming center in Barnegat, NJ. With Grace And Peace church we provided warm meals donated by the People’s Pantry Relief center and our very own volunteers made homemade meals and we distributed them throughout the county in the winter months. We have successfully heled over 300 Families in the winter months in Southern Ocean County. Below is the store front/church we used as a Welcome Warming Center. Hours of operation were Tuesday 12:00 to 8:00pm and Fridays 5:00pm to 10:00pm. Also open for emergency snow storms or Nor’ easter storms.



William Sutter, 42. We helped him re-establish his license and get his vehicle back on the road so he can reconnect with family in Florida. He is originally a Lakewood Tent City Homeless Shelter resident.  Pictured above: We took him to a NASCAR Show Day to have some fun!  September 2014


Will Brown, 50 found himself in Tent City searching for life changes. He felt God called him to the camp to lean how to manage life in the wilderness. He said he had it all there.  Donations weere always coming in.  People always tried to help Will but  he could not help himself. Battling addiction and a struggling relationship, he found himself stuck. Having a great life at the camp was only a temporary illusion.  Will strove for more.  He received his one year of housing with his girlfriend Mo in 2014.  He got a job but was still struggling with life.  As it came to the end of his one year of housing he learned something new. When you’re relentless about something, you mean business and you’re not stopping until you get what you want. You’re not taking “NO” for an answer.  HAVEN and their team continued to teach Will to take ownership of his responsibilities and to strive to do more.  Because Will developed an all I can do attitude, he is still in his home and is learning life is worth fighting for.  He also has the heart to give back.  We told him from the beginning you give a man a fish and he will eat for a moment but if you teach a man to fish he will eat forever. As of March 2015 Will and Mo are on the right track and continue to have faith in God. They also plan on getting married.

Ocean County
Ocean County


Will and Mo were a part of the now debunked Lakewood Tent City. At the end of Lakewood’s Tent City, agencies and organizations were working around the clock to help make sure that the homeless residents of Tent City had somewhere to go. Will and Mo were assisted by S.T.E.P.S., a court appointed agency assigned to assist them and other tent residents get into housing for up to 12 months. Our organization helped S.T.E.P.S. move former Lakewood Tent City residents into their new homes. Will and Mo were two of the 61 people we assisted with getting them situated into their new homes. We helped by supplying furniture vouchers, water, rental trucks, social workers, homeless advocates, rides to jobs, doctor visits, food pantry visits, and assisted with toiletries. All with help from the Monmouth University School of Social Work.
As you know, twelve months goes by very quickly and those people who were put up in housing are finding themselves homeless once again. Some have been able to maintain their new lives and remain in their homes by paying rent, but many are finding themselves homeless once again. Mo and Will are a success story and through all the ups and downs they have managed to not give up hope and work hard to keep from going back to living in the woods. Today they are still in housing and going in the right direction with their lives. Mo and Will were not given up on and we remain in their lives to help keep them stay on the right track. We want to keep doing what God has called us to do, however without the necessary funds to do this our organization can only help so much. Please consider donating to our organization so we can end homelessness and have more success stories like Mo and Will. Everyone needs help but some just need more than others. We love doing God’s work. Please help us continue to make a difference


John Torraz

John Torraz, 60 is a former resident of Lakewood Tent City. He found himself lost and broken when his long time girl friend passed away.  We brought John to Grief Share at Assembly of God Church in Toms River on Bay Ave.  We also let him volunteer his time at the Haven building in Atlantic City. I am proud to say John has his license back and has his car back on the road.  If you are looking for a good carpenter, let us know.


Greg Maple, 60 a former resident of Lakewood Tent City got 12 months of housing from Lakewood. He found himself homeless right before his lease was up. The home he was in was condemned. We rescued Greg and set him up in HAVEN in Atlantic City. He is a veteran and fought for our country. Today he lives peacefully in his home with two other ex-Tent City Residence. They share a three bedroom apartment in HAVEN.

More Success Stories to come!

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Ocean County Homeless 2014

All donations from individuals, businesses and organizations are fully tax-deductible.

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1) Volunteer

The most productive way to get started helping the homeless is to join forces with a well-established operation. As a volunteer you will learn from those who are already making a difference rather than repeating the mistakes of well-meaning but misguided novices. By receiving “on the job” training, our team was able to experience the rewards of accomplishment right away.

A good place to start volunteering is at your local church.

2) Respect

One of the best ways to help a homeless person is to show them respect. As you look into their eyes, talk to them with genuine interest and recognize their value as an individual.  You will give them a sense of dignity that they rarely experience.

3) Give

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All donations from individuals, businesses and organizations are fully tax-deductible.

HAVEN / Beat The Street Inc. Ministry is a 501 C 3 registered non-profit Outreach Organization providing help and hope for the homeless and those in need through emergency and transitional housing and outreach services leading to self-sufficiency and self-worth. Our goal is to get people where they need to go through the Love that Jesus Christ has shown and demonstrated before us.

Make your charitable, tax-deductible contribution payable to HAVEN and send to:

Attn: Ken happle

P.o Box 5441 Toms River NJ08754




4) Pray

Lastly, prayer is one of the easiest and most positive ways you can help the homeless.

Because of the harshness of their lives, many homeless people are crushed in spirit. But Psalm 34:17-18 says, “The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” (NIV) God can use your prayers to bring deliverance and healing to broken lives.


Christ arrives right on time to make this happen. He didn’t, and doesn’t, wait for us to get ready. He presented himself for this sacrificial death when we were far too weak and rebellious to do anything to get ourselves ready.

And even if we hadn’t been so weak, we wouldn’t have known what to do anyway. We can understand someone dying for a person worth dying for, and we can understand how someone good and noble could inspire us to selfless sacrifice. But God put his love on the line for us by offering his Son in sacrificial death while we were of no use whatsoever to him.

Please help us fight against homelessness and poverty!

What motivated you to work with the homeless?

“It comes from the Gospel teaching to care for the poor, the strangers that come to your city.  You don’t leave them without a place to be. That has been a part of my life for a long time.”


“My parents took people in a lot and that also paved the way.  At one point I had eight people living with me who I just kind of gathered from the streets as a personal effort.”

“Then there are a couple of incidents that stand out.  On an 8th Grade school trip to New York City, I saw a guy sleeping on a bench near the United Nations building with all his belongings.  That image stuck with me for many years.”

“Another time, at a mall in Pennsylvania, there was a little girl about six years old, all alone.  I talked with her, bought her food and asked, “Where’s your Mommy?”  She said, “Well, Mommy doesn’t have a place so she can’t take care of me anymore.”  It was heartbreaking.”

“Some years later, I lived next to the Rescue Mission’s Executive Director.  He took me over to the Mission one night.  He said, “These are people who have no place to live and I just take care of them.  I find places for them to be and I try to give them hope.”

“Beyond the fundamentals — food, shelter, clothing and encouraging words, we work with other agencies with expertise in say, Psychiatry or Drug and Alcohol Dependence or Counseling.”

Bill Southrey is President and CEO of HAVEN / Beat the Street Ministry, Inc., an arm of The Haven of Hope in Atlantic County. They recently received an award for Humanitarian of the Year (2014) from the Martin Truex Jr. Foundation.


Please click on article links

November 12.2015 Coat Giveawayhowie Poole

April 24, 2015 Press Release regarding Bill Southrey and Haven

The Current Pleasentville Biil southrey Event

Homeless and Sandy Asbury Park Press March,7,2015

February 4 , 2015 Brian’s encounter with us and with Ocean County Social Service System.

… is the mandate of the Gospel. Have you ever thought about this? The nation of Israel was homeless for 40 years.

  1. Jesus was born into the state of homelessness.  His birthplace was a stable.
  2. Throughout Jesus Christ’s Ministry, He remained homeless with no place to lay his head.  He relied upon the kindness of others to provide a place to eat and live.
  3. Christ teaches in the Gospel of Matthew that we should invite the homeless into our lives — in order for us to help them with a place to live.
  4. This is not just a suggestion!  If you read the text in full it becomes clear that helping others is a mandate in our Christian lives. Without being provided shelter, humanity dies quickly. As the sun bakes, the rain pours and the snow falls, the environment can weaken us until it takes our lives. Everyone needs a place to be sheltered from the elements and the storms of life.
  5. God cares that we have a place to live: “In my father’s house are many dwellings” He plans to take us with Him. He wants us to do the same for others.

Join us in building eternal relationships through Christ!

The Number one Question: How can people help?

One of the best ways to help a homeless person is to show them respect. As you look into their eyes, talk to them with genuine interest and recognize their value as an individual. You will give them a sense of dignity that they rarely experience.

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Bill Southrey, President of the Board HAVEN / Beat the Streets, Inc.

Bill Southrey, President of the Board

Bill has over 30 years experience in homeless outreach and shelter systems.  He ran the Atlantic City Rescue Mission for 30 years. He is a licensed Social Worker and Chaplain in the State of New Jersey

Learn more about Bill Southrey