Providing Home, Hope, and Healing to abused and neglected children and teens in Southwest Florida.
A bright future for every child and teen in congregate care.

Caring for our Youth
We provide a nurturing and compassionate experience for children in our care, helping them heal and feel safe and secure

Act with Integrity
We are honest, respectful, and transparent

Responsible to our Community
We partner with those throughout our community and work together to advocate for our children

We strive for operational excellence by maintaining the highest professional and ethical standards

Founded in 1972, Youth Haven was established to fulfill an immediate need for emergency shelter for children who had been removed suddenly from a traumatic home situation. A group of caring local individuals worked together with law enforcement and community partners to create a safe space for each of these children in need.
Rob's Group Home Emergency Shelter and Youth Services Building | Youth Haven Naples, Florida
Now in continuous operation for over 50 years, Youth Haven meets the growing needs of our community to provide services and programing for Southwest Florida’s abused, neglected, and homeless children and teens. Our 18.5-acre therapeutic campus houses up to 70 youth with a waking staff system that allows for around-the-clock specialized care.
Youth Haven views challenges as opportunities in helping each child gain confidence, independence and success as they continue to strengthen the community they serve; laying the foundation for children and teens to have hope for a brighter, better future.


Youth Haven is Southwest Florida’s only emergency and residential shelter for boys and girls ages 6-20 who have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect or abandonment. Youth Haven is an immediate lifeline of safety, love and compassion for innocent children in crisis and the first step in a long journey back to trust, confidence and joy.
Numerous community sources refer children for shelter at Youth Haven including child protective services, courts, school counselors, the Sheriff’s Office, and sometimes even the children themselves. However, the solution to their problems is not simply providing temporary shelter; it is providing youth with the resources they need to improve their resiliency so that they may grow into happy, healthy, productive adults. The solution includes helping the child nurture a safe and secure connection with their family or a responsible, caring adult.
Youth Haven provides these solutions through programs that create a circle of support, producing real and lasting change for children, families and the community.
Our beautiful and serene campus offers a safe place for the children & teens to sleep, play, learn, receive therapy and participate in our life-skills program. Youth Haven has a resident chef that provides healthy meals, a bustling art program that promotes creativity, and enrichment activities that expose the children and teens to opportunities that they may have never experienced before.
Youth Haven is fully accredited by the nationally recognized Council on Accreditation (COA), a member agency of the United Way of Collier County and a Naples Children & Education Foundation (NCEF) beneficiary. Youth Haven has been in continuous operation for over 50 years and is a 4-star rated non-profit organization by Charity Navigator, the nation’s leading independent evaluator of charities. Youth Haven is licensed by Florida Department of Children and Families and partners with the Children’s Network of Southwest Florida, who refers children and teens to our care.
Bench seating under shaded trees | Youth Haven Naples, Florida


What are Youth Haven's financials?

Youth Haven is committed to transparency. Please click on the link before for our financials. For additional information, please call Peter Johnson, Chief Development Officer at 239-774-2904

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FY22 Final Audit Report (5)

What is Youth Haven?

Youth Haven is Southwest Florida’s only 24-hour emergency and residential Shelter for children removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect, abandonment or homelessness.

How long has Youth Haven been here?

Youth Haven has been serving Southwest Florida since 1972. Youth Haven is continually growing and expanding the services offered and looks forward to the day when every child in Southwest Florida will grow up in a safe and nurturing environment.

How does Youth Haven obtain funding?

Youth Haven receives funding through:

  • 22% Government Funds
  • 45% Individual & Foundation Support
  • 33% Event Support

How many children reside at Youth Haven at any one time?

70 children and teens between the ages of 6 – 19 can reside at Youth Haven at one time. Sixteen of those beds are reserved for homeless teenage youth ages 16 – 20. We also provide services to a number of additional youth through our drop-in center and Counseling Center.

Youth Haven has been recognized by Charity Navigator as a 4-star rated nonprofit based on our ability to consistently demonstrate strong financial health, and commitment to accountability and transparency.

How long does a child typically stay?

Children stay at Youth Haven for an average of 270 days (9 month) before being placed in a more permanent living situation, however children can be here for over 365 days depending upon the situation.

Where do the children go when they leave?

When children leave Youth Haven, the State places them with a responsible and caring relative or adult guardian or in a foster home, depending on their situation.