Mission Statement: Haven House Services strengthens youth and young adults through effective programs, advocacy and community mobilization.

Haven House Services was founded in 1973 to provide community-based services to at-risk youth and their families in Wake County.

Haven House Services grew out of an incident in 1972 that illuminated the gaps in services for struggling young people in the community.  Rev. Al Dimmock, a local pastor, was volunteering in juvenile court when the court faced the case of a young girl who could not go home, was not appropriate for training school, and had no other options.

This case compelled Rev. Dimmock to create a place of refuge for young people experiencing difficult circumstances. This place became Haven House Services, which was incorporated in 1973. Initially a group home for girls, a group home for boys followed in December 1975.  From there, a natural evolution of services began:

  • 1974–2008: Residential Services for 10-17 year old youth: group homes located on Horne St., Shepherd St., Gorman St., and Wake Forest Rd.
  • 1981: Wrenn House crisis intervention and runaway shelter opened
  • 1981: Preparation for Independent Living, a transitional living and drop-in program for homeless youth, 16-21 years old
  • 1983–2009: Youth Enrichment Services, a one-on-one volunteer mentoring program
  • 1984–2010: Intensive in-home counseling
  • 1987: Safe Place, a network of 200 county-wide locations to assist youth in crisis (Component of Wrenn House)
  • 2002: Homesteaders MST, in-home counseling using Multi-Systemic Therapy
  • 2003: Restitution and Community Service allows court-involved youth to conduct community service
  • 2003: Street outreach for homeless youth
  • 2005: Agency Accreditation – Council on Accreditation
  • 2005: Second Round Boxing, a program that focuses on discipline, self-control and empowerment
  • 2006: Structured Day Program, a place for short-term suspended youth to be supervised and stay current with their schoolwork and SCORE, a WCPSS alternative program for long-term suspended youth
  • 2010: Gang Outreach
  • 2011: Juvenile Diversion Team
  • 2011: Community Alternative Program
  • 2012: Skills for Success
  • 2013: Assessment Team