From the Heart of the President


“Thank you for lighting a path for my daughter. I imagine in a world as dark as hers, it is difficult to see any kind of light and good; being used as a pawn and constantly dismissed. It is important for her to see the light outside of MY world and I know she sees it at Youth Haven. I also know she surrendered her heart this past summer at Youth Haven and yesterday she was finally baptized. As always, thank you for everything you do for these kids. It is working.”

Those words from a grateful parent aren’t just meant for our staff. They’re meant for you, our faithful financial supporters, volunteers, and prayer partners. You make it possible for us to shine the light of Christ into the darkness so many children are living with every day!

There really is never a “slow” time at Youth Haven, but summer is especially busy and exciting. When kids are out of school for the summer, we’re able to expand our on-site programs to five-day summer camp sessions. We’re grateful we can provide a safe environment filled with fun activities and opportunities to build healthy relationships. We know those are important ways to help kids overcome some of the hardships they’ve endured.

But Youth Haven provides something many other programs aren’t able to offer. Because of friends like you, each month our on-site and at-home programs help close to 1,500 disadvantaged children learn they were created for a purpose by a God who loves them and is always there for them. That is what truly makes Youth Haven a life-changing experience!


Thank you for standing with us. You are a light in the dark world of a traumatized child!


Your Mission Partner,

Lars Carlson

President & CEO