We know our Central Oregon community is hurting. Scott and I own two small businesses that have been decimated by COVID-19, so we know the struggle first hand. Our heart goes out to our many members who have lost business, income and savings and are struggling during this time.
We want to do our best to help get our community back to work and help our local entrepreneurs, small business owners and community leaders get back on your feet.
This puts us in a difficult situation, because The Haven cannot afford to lose members and revenue, and yet many members cannot afford to pay the full membership rates at this time. We hope that we can pull together as a community and make this work. For everyone to get to the other side of the crisis, it requires those with the privilege of income/business/savings to step up so that those who have been most impacted can take advantage of this subsidy.
For the next few months, we are offering our members (new and returning) the option to choose a membership subsidy amount that matches your current financial situation. All subsidies will remain completely confidential and you will retain full access to The Haven at your membership level.
Due to the way our technology system works, we can only make changes to memberships on the 1st of each month.
During the pandemic, we are also waiving our security deposit requirement in order to provide more month-to-month flexibility for people whose work situation is changing regularly.
As you review these subsidy options, we do ask members to consider paying as much as you can in order to help The Haven survive this crisis as well; as a start-up with large opening costs and overhead, we are in an especially difficult situation.