What is Haven?
Haven is a residential group home for adolescent females that have come into foster care at no fault of their own. Haven takes referrals from all over the state of Arkansas to provide these children a safe home free from abuse and/or neglect. Haven is a non-profit organization under the supervision of Counseling Associates, Inc. Currently, Haven has 12 beds and more than 70 girls a year will call Haven their home.
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.
The current Haven home on Donaghey was purchased in 2004. It has served girls well over the past 12 years, but the house is showing its age and wear and tear from the residents’ activity level. This 3,000 square foot house has only four bedrooms and two baths. It does not provide adequate living space or privacy for 12 adolescent girls; things are quite crowded. Haven actually needs a 9,000 square foot house to meet the needs of its older adolescent residents – providing privacy, security, and a family atmosphere.
Gifts to this campaign will be used to provide much-needed living and personal space for the girls who call Haven home.
What does Haven mean?
Since its inception in 1986 H.A.V.E.N. has been an acronym for our mission - Help for Abuse Victims in Emergency Need. Haven is now being redefined as a safe place to foster growth among adolescent girls placed in our care.
Our updated theme is – Every Child Deserves A Home.
How many clients does Haven serve?
Haven currently has a capacity to serve 12 adolescent girls at one time. Over the course of a year an average of 70 girls pass through Haven’s doors.
The new “forever home” design enables Haven to serve 14 girls at a time. Four of these beds will be for adolescent girls that have “aged out” of care and need help transitioning from foster care to community living. That function is not currently available and there is a great need for this transitional service in the foster care community.
Who comprises the leadership of Haven?
Haven Board Members: Andy Harris, Alica Brown, Robin Cunningham, Velda Lueders, Linda Hargis, Alicia Brown, Linda Glover, Danielle Burnell, Sarah Parsley, Alison Wish, Taylor May, Holly DeBoard & Brad French