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.
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.
"Recovery is life… it's a life that I never thought was possible." Angel - Haven Graduate
"The Department of Criminal Justice did an independent study and found that 90% of our clients are still alcohol and drug-free and crime-free two years after completion of our program, which is huge because The Haven takes women who are the most severely addicted." Daniele Wolff - Haven Director