Friends of the Haven

Marginalized women are susceptible to suffer from severe substance abuse disorders stemming from trauma, abusive family environment, and co-occurring mental illness and lead to criminal behavior. Our unique program that takes a holistic approach to addressing substance disorders and mental illness.

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General
Official Name
Friends of the Haven​​​​​​​
DBA/Trade Name(s)
N/A
Former Name(s)
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Acronym
FOH
Date Established
2006
Offers Additional Colorado State Tax Credit
Child Care Credit
Tax ID
20-5634004
Addresses
Headquarters Address
P. O. Box 102375
Denver, CO 80250
Colorado Location
N/A
Mailing Address
P. O. Box 102375
Denver, CO 80250
Phone/Fax
Main Phone Number
303-734-3354
Fax Number
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Other Phone Number
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Web/Email
Email
vickie.wilson@havenfriends.org
Website
www.havenfriends.org
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Mission Statement

To provide financial and volunteer support to further the activities of The Haven and Baby Haven, whose charter is to provide a safe, empowering, and enriching environment for women and their infants and small children. The combined goal of The Haven and Baby Haven is to be a place where women can recover from substance use disorders and co-occurring mental illness; deliver healthy, drug-free infants (if pregnant); improve parenting skills and receive quality early educational services for their children; maintain and build upon cultural and family connections as sources of social support; and become self-sufficient, confident, and productive members of our community.

Organization History

The Haven opened in 1992, serving adult women with severe substance use disorders and their infants, who reside in The Haven with their mothers and receive comprehensive assessment and an array of developmentally appropriate educational and health care services in the Baby Haven. Health care, behavioral healthcare, and oral health care are integrated into a service package for each woman and infant, depending on their needs and preferences. Services in The Haven are gender-specific and evidence-based, addressing not only substance use disorders but also the multiple other problems associated with addiction, including mental health disorders.

Over time, The Haven has expanded to meet steadily increasing demand for its services. In 2005 the Haven Mother's House opened, providing residential treatment for mothers and infants, followed by the Haven-Harmon House in 2006, which is a Modified Therapeutic Community (MTC) for women with substance abuse and co-occurring mental health disorders. In May 2008 the Friends of the Haven announced the capital campaign to build the new Baby Haven Therapeutic Early Childhood Education Center on the Fort Logan Campus, a facility that will co-locate childcare, infant mental health, and clinical services for mothers and infants served by Haven programs. The facility will contain a community center, which will be the locus of many of the services and activities that are brought into the Baby Haven, including visitation for fathers, grandparents and extended family members; CPR and First Aid classes for the women; nutrition and exercise classes; music classes for the mothers and infants; parenting classes; space to accommodate the many community partners of the Baby Haven; staff training; meeting space for consultants who collaborate regarding infant developmental needs; Doula services; and gender-specific addictions treatment for outpatient women clients.

The Friends of the Haven was incorporated in 2006, with the primary mission to raise funds and advocate on behalf of The Haven and Baby Haven. The organization has been highly successful to date, raising over $3 million in the capital campaign to build a new Baby Haven Therapeutic Early Childhood Education Center.

Testimonials

"I would just like to say that I am the loving, caring person today because the Haven gave me a chance to live. I know that I would not be able to be where I am without the love and support of this program." - Deborah, 2007 Graduate

"I honestly feel that the Haven has not only completely turned my life around, but has also given my children the opportunity to do anything that they want to in life.It has given me the tools that I need to support and encourage them to know what their dreams are in life and to not stop short of achieving them. We are truly breaking the cycle in my family and proving that we can accomplish anything and everything we set our minds to and we owe a big thank you to the Haven and the Haven Supporters for making all this possible." - Patricia, 2001 Graduate

"Recovery is life… it's a life that I never thought was possible." - Angel, Graduate

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