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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, healthy relationships while providing the stability and structure so desperately needed to thrive in their daily lives.

Since I’ve lived in Haven’s Way, I’ve been a new person. I have been healthy because I actually eat three or more meals a day,

I’m finishing school, getting good grades and leaving my past behind me. So, I would like to say thank you to all those special people that have made me want to be a bigger and better person. You have truly shown me that I can do anything, achieve anything and be anything. I’ll never forget that. – Haven’s Way Alumni

Strength-Based Approach

Haven’s Way duplicates a healthy, loving and supportive family environment for homeless and at-risk girls between the ages of 14 and 24, who do not have child welfare status. Haven’s Way™ provides so much more than the bare necessities of food, home, and clothing. By focusing on choices and building individual capacity, the girls receive a wide range of direct support services such as education, healthcare, and counseling in mental health, trauma, and addictions, financial and career planning, life skills and individual development. This strength-based approach continually results in successes such as housing stability, connection to the community and natural supports, school attendance and graduations, increased job stability and performance, an ability to set and meet personal goals, and a successful transition at program exit.

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Leader in Delivering a Successful Program

In the fall of 2015, the Haven’s Way Program underwent an extensive evaluation to fully examine their alignment with the Foyer Model, the program strengths, and to identify areas of enhancement. (Note: the Foyer Model is a well-established model of transitional housing that effectively address the needs of adolescents and young adults. These evaluations show that through the Foyer model, young people enhance their education, social relationships, and engagement, and ultimately obtain better employment and housing outcomes). The outcome of the evaluation recognized Haven’s Way as a leader in delivering a program that is highly successful and confirms that Haven’s Way is a successful implementation of the Foyer Model in preventing, reducing and ending youth homelessness. Safe Haven Foundation is committed to uphold their excellent program standards and to continue being a leader in the non-profit youth-serving sector.

Since opening our doors in November of 2000, more than 80 young women have called Haven’s Way home. As no length of stay is prescribed, the average time a girl will live at Haven’s Way is two and a half years, but some have stayed as long as four years. Age is not the determining factor when a girl moves out, rather it is a mutual decision that is made in much the same manner as a nuclear family.

For Intake Referrals

For Intake/Referrals:  Contact us via Email

For 24 hour emergency and immediate help for you or someone else:  Call the Distress Centre Crisis Line at 403-266-HELP (4357)

For Housing and Counselling Resources:  Contact 211 Calgary