What is Youth Haven?

  • Southwest Florida’s only 24-hour emergency and residential Shelter for children removed from their homes due abuse, neglect and/or abandonment.
  • Counseling Center: The Counseling Center is open to all members of the community under the age of 21, and accepts Medicaid as well as offering a sliding fee scale. Youth Haven’s therapists begin the process of mending traumatized lives through traditional as well as cutting edge, innovative therapies including both Animal-Assisted Therapy and Certified Play Therapy.
  • Emergency & Residential Shelter: Collier County’s only shelter for boys and girls ages 6-18 placed in Youth Haven’s care by the state of Florida after being removed from their home due to abuse, neglect or abandonment.  73 beds are available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week with around-the-clock care. The children in Youth Haven’s Emergency Shelter receive comprehensive care including educational support, nutritious meals, clothing, counseling and therapy, recreational activities, and access to medical and dental care.
  • Homeless Teen & Transitional Living Program: Rob’s Groups Home is the first of its kind, providing intensive case management and life skills training for homeless and runaway teens in Southwest Florida. Our teen drop-in center offers youth a safe place to shower, launder clothes, study and socialize. Nutritious meals and snacks are provided every day as well as mobility and safety supports including bicycles, bus passes and emergency use cell phones.

How long has Youth Haven been here?

  • Youth Haven has been serving the Naples area 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% events (net)
    • 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 6-18 can reside at Youth Haven at one time. Sixteen of those beds are reserved for homeless teenage youth ages 16-18. We also provide services to a number of additional youth through our drop-in center and Counseling Center.

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.