Vista, CA…New Haven Youth and Family Services is celebrating its 55th year of providing a safe environment for troubled youth as they are guided from despair to hope. More than
18,250 youths and their families have learned to break down barriers caused by traumatic histories of abuse as well as emotional, behavioral, and learning challenges.
The 55 Campaign will include “55 Reasons to Love New Haven,” a series of profound endorsements by the many people who work, volunteer, and support the mission.” The endorsements will appear on New Haven’s special media, in newsletters, and incorporated into this year’s Restoring Hope Giving Campaign.
New Haven began in 1967 as a home for developmentally disabled women. 20 years later, in 1987, New Haven started its transformation to serve emotionally disturbed boys.
According to Doreen Quinn, CEO, and staff member since 1987, “we recognized the need to support adolescent boys who require a unique program to address their needs. Our existing infrastructure was perfect for the road we chose to pursue.”
In the early 1990s, New Haven acquired community homes in Oceanside, Vista, San Marcos, Escondido, and Ramona. Despite financially troubling times in the 1990s, New Haven emerged stable by 2005 and developed a strategic plan that included staffing, a refined vision and financial stability.
Today, New Haven is proud to have six residential homes, vibrant programs like Culinary Arts and Woodworking, and a dedicated staff with vision, perseverance, and integrity. The program transforms lives for foster adolescent boys through an innovative education model that develops life/work skills in a healthy environment. Some students live onsite while others are day students. Students are referred to New Haven by school districts, parents, and community advocates.
“We are immensely proud of the work we do,” said Quinn. “As we watch the boys graduate from our program and go on to find success, we are bolstered to continue the work and support these fragile lives.”
Financial and volunteer support is a continued objective with the goal to ensure quality service to as many students as possible. New Haven supports the “whole person” development of troubled youth as they are guided from despair to hope.
More information about New Haven programs can be found at http://www.newhavenyfs.org