How We Do It
HAVEN’S WAY™: Safe Haven Foundation’s founding program, Haven’s Way, provides a safe, nurturing and positive home environment for homeless and at-risk teenage girls between the ages of 14 – 24. Serving six young girls at a time, the program duplicates that of a healthy, caring family environment. The girls are provided counselling and support in mental health, trauma, addictions and attachment as they learn about themselves and explore the challenges and adversity that have fraught their lives. Haven’s Way provides each girl with the opportunity to spend quality one-on-one time with their live-in supports, allowing them to build trusting and healthy relationships, while providing the stability and structure so desperately needed to thrive in their daily lives.
SAFE HAVEN FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP FUND: Giving a young lady a home that removes her from the street and provides her a ‘Safe Haven’ greatly furthers her chances of becoming a positive contributing member of society. Providing her a scholarship to attend post secondary school once she has successfully turned her life around, provides her the opportunity to escape the cycle of poverty and realize dreams that otherwise may never have been possible. This Safe Haven Foundation initiative was established in 2008 as part of our ongoing commitment to serving vulnerable young women in our community. Young women, who are either still in the Haven’s Way Homes or have moved out on their own, are afforded the opportunity to attend post secondary schooling, further empowering them to realize dreams. The scholarship program earmarks $10,000 per year in anticipation of receiving submissions from Haven’s Way high school graduates and alumnae.
SAFE HAVEN FOUNDATION THERAPEUTIC RECREATION FUND: Recognizing the growing need to remove barriers that prevent our youth from achieving optimal health and quality of life, in 2011, Safe Haven Foundation established and now administers a Therapeutic Recreation Fund. With family histories that most often prevent the young women in the Haven’s Way home the opportunity to pursue recreational activities, this program provides a pivotal role in their challenging journey of healing by opening doors to identity discovery and confidence development. Girls are eligible to apply for funding when they are working towards their educational goals and are participating in maintaining a positive home environment within the Haven’s Way program.
TEEN MENTORING: Because of the generous support of Safe Haven Foundation and its donors, children and teens in Calgary and area are growing together and learning to help each other. Your support connects teen mentors with elementary school children; an impactful way to support children in navigating issues like bullying, poverty and family violence. At the same time, the experience of mentoring builds a resilient generation of strong, community-minded leaders. Through this innovative program, teens and children often surprise themselves as they grow in confidence, excel at new activities and school, and become more of who they truly are. Many of the mentors also experience the joy of giving back for the first time.
JUNO HOUSE: Juno House was created as a centre of excellence for girls, young women and their families. Utilizing a team approach, Juno House provides on-site individual and family counselling, and has off-site consulting partners – dieticians, pediatricians, psychiatrists, and personal trainers – to provide comprehensive and coordinated treatment. Safe Haven Foundation remains one of their main funders, working closely with their team to create a brighter future for our youth
THE ALEX: The Alex provides primary medical care and housing support to our most vulnerable youth, tackling tough health and social issues head-on. Their focus is crisis prevention, and their team of professionals work hard to to step in before long-term interventions are needed. Safe Haven Foundation helps fund these programs in the hopes of creating a healthier, stronger community of youth.