About Us

Our Mission, Vision & Values

Our Mission: To help youth be safe, supported, and successful.

Vision: All youth reach their full potential

Belief Statement: We believe that all youth deserve opportunities to succeed.

What makes us unique? Unmatched expertise + unique programs + whatever-it-takes approach

Our Core Values:

  • Compassion: We care deeply. About the youth we serve, their families, and the community
  • Commitment: We are in it for the long haul. We don’t quit or give up just because we’re faced with challenges or adversity. We dig deeper and stay focused on our mission to strengthen youth.
  • Integrity: We stand on principles of honesty and transparency. We strive for justice and fairness. We seek to build trust with those we serve.
  • Respect: The youth and families we serve have inherent value and strengths. We honor them by treating them that way.
  • Accessibility: We serve all youth and their families in need of our assistance. We strive to break down any barriers that limit their access to Haven House and success.
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: These are more than just words. We don’t just value equity, diversity and inclusion – we celebrate it; we advocate for it; we live it. We believe the powerful combination of our differences spurs growth. It prompts needed change. It makes our community better, stronger. When all are welcome, all benefit.
  • Social Justice: To achieve our vision, we know we must lead by example and actively work to dismantle systems that have created injustices for people of color, LGBTQ+, and immigrant communities. Read our anti-racism statement.

What We Do

Haven House Services is the place where youth who need help find it. Founded in 1973, Haven House operates 11 programs that help more than 1,400 youth in need each year overcome their challenges and find a path to success. Whether they are experiencing homelessness, a crisis at home or school, gang involvement, or problems involving the juvenile justice system, we help youth identify their goals, connect with needed resources, and build skills needed for long-term success.

Our Programs

Wrenn House Shelter

Street Outreach

Transition in Place

Second Round (Boxing and Fitness)

Community Alternatives Program

Gang Outreach

Juvenile Assessment Team

Juvenile Diversion Team

Multi-Systemic Therapy

Restitution and Community Service

Youth Career Options

Our History

In 1972, Rev. Al Dimmock, a local pastor, was volunteering in juvenile court when the court faced the case of a young girl who couldn’t go home, wasn’t appropriate for training school, and had no other options. The case compelled him to create a place of refuge for young people in difficult circumstances. This place became Haven House Services in 1973.

Initially a group home for girls, a group home for boys followed in 1975. From there, a natural evolution of services began. The organization has continually expanded over the past 46 years to meet the ever-growing need in our community for programs and services for youth and young adults who are homeless, in crisis, or having difficulty at home, school or in the community.

In 2018, we were honored for our work and inducted into the Raleigh Hall of Fame. In 2021, we received the Triangle Business Journal’s Corporate Philanthropy Award. To see a timeline (.pdf) of our history, click here.

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