OUR ORGANIZATION

OUR MISSION
Protect and empower children and strengthen families in Southwest Florida through comprehensive care and community collaboration.
OUR VISION
Every child in Southwest Florida will grow up in a safe and nurturing family environment.
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 47 years, Youth Haven meets the growing needs of our community to provide services and programing for Southwest Florida’s abused, abandoned and homeless children and teens. Our 25-acre therapeutic campus houses over 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.

ABOUT YOUTH HAVEN

AN IMMEDIATE LIFELINE OF SAFETY
Youth Haven is Southwest Florida’s only emergency and residential shelter for boys and girls ages 6-19 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.
Emergency Shelter and Youth Services Building Interior | Youth Haven Naples, Florida
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.
SWFL SAFE PLACE
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 more than 47 years and is a 4-star rated non-profit organization by Charity Navigator, the nation’s leading independent evaluator of charities.
Bench seating under shaded trees | Youth Haven Naples, Florida

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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:

  • 28% donor support
  • 31% government funds including both contracts and grants
  • 15% fundraising events
  • 6% counseling fees
  • 20% investment and other incomes

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

73 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 16-19. We also provide services to a number of additional youth through our drop-in center and Counseling Center.

DID YOU KNOW?
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 210 days 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.