There's no better place to be at Christmas time than Youth Haven!


Christmas Retreats for Underprivileged Youth

There's no better place to be at Christmas time than Youth Haven! Our free Christmas retreats for underprivileged youth begin the Friday after Thanksgiving and run through the entire month of December. During that time, our campuses become a Christmas wonderland for boys and girls who might not experience a lot of Christmas joy at home. It might be because they've been removed from their homes as a result of abuse or neglect. They might live with a single parent who is struggling to make ends meet, or parents who have experienced job loss and there simply isn't enough money to provide a fancy Christmas dinner or gifts. Whatever the case, we believe every child deserves a Merry Christmas, and we want to make that a reality for these precious kids! A new group of excited kids will join us each weekend for all of our fun weekend activities, plus a few extra-special Christmas surprises!


Children's Christmas Activities:

  • Christmas Retreats for Underprivileged Youthdelicious, home-cooked food, including breakfast in bed and a fancy Christmas dinner
  • Christmas crafts and activities
  • stories, skits, and songs about the true meaning of Christmas
  • singing Christmas carols and learning the story of Jesus' birth
  • a birthday party for Jesus, complete with singing “Happy Birthday," blowing out candles, and enjoying a piece of birthday cake
  • gifts of hats, gloves, and personal hygiene items

And no Christmas celebration would be complete without... toys! Many of the children who come to Youth Haven during the Christmas season are experiencing financial hardships at home, and there simply isn't a lot of money to buy gifts and toys. Thanks to so many wonderful friends who donate toys to Youth Haven, we are able to make Christmas joyful for these boys and girls by giving them their own, brand new toys. It's a very practical way for us to show them they are loved!




How to Schedule a Child for a Christmas Retreat:

Please click here if you are the child's parent/guardian, or would like to refer a child you know.

Please click here if you are an agency representative or counselor.




Help Provide Christmas Retreat Scholarships

All deserving children receive full scholarships to attend our Christmas retreats, provided by financial love gifts from caring people who love kids and want to help them have a Merry Christmas.

Click here to give toward our scholarship fund and help a disadvantaged child experience the joy of Christmas!




Some images from Youth Haven's special Christmas parties with the children: