What is Haven?
Haven is a Qualified Residential Treatment Program (QRTP) for adolescent females in foster care between the ages of 12-18 who have experienced trauma. Haven accepts children into our program from every county in Arkansas in which are all referred by the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS). Haven is a 501c3 organization supervised by Counseling Associates with services provided by Arisa Health.
What is the history of Haven?
It’s been 30 years since the Conway community came together to offer a safe Haven for abused and neglected children. In that time, Haven has occupied three different locations and helped an estimated 3,000 girls. The mission remains the same – “to provide a safe, nurturing environment for every child who comes here.” The residents are girls who typically have been the victim of abuse and neglect.
Haven traces its beginning in 1986 to Mary Aleese Schreiber, who was Chief Executive Officer of Counseling Associates, Inc., whose management team recognized a need for a local shelter. With Mary Aleese serving as the national president of Junior Auxiliary, she approached the members of the Conway Junior Auxiliary who then located and raised the needed funds to purchase a home. The Junior Auxiliary and the community of Conway have continued to provide strong support for Haven.
In 2017, Haven embarked on our first ever comprehensive capital campaign to raise funds to build a new 10,000 square feet commercially built home. Our Forever Home. Through local support of individual donors, families, corporations and foundations, Haven has raised $2.4 million dollars to date for the construction of our new home. Haven moved into our new home in August of 2019.