When I entered Haven of Hope, I was 13. I lived there for a few years. I’m now 21. I would say that when I first went to Haven of Hope I was pretty scared because I didn’t know what to think. I quickly started to see that it was not a group home. It was more like a real home. That is what the staff wanted it to feel like and that is how it felt. I would say that Haven of Hope helped me in a lot of ways to become the person that I am today. I can proudly say that I am very thankful for the help they gave me and to learn that what happened to me when I was young was not my fault. That is what Davina always told me and that helped me heal and become the woman I am today. I want to give a big Thank You to Davina and her Staff at Haven of Hope!
I came to Haven of Hope when I was in the eighth grade. I grew up in foster care most of my childhood and moved around consistently. When I came to Haven of Hope, I remember being very angry and lonely, as I grew up with no family to call my own. During my time at Haven of Hope, I felt loved and respected. The staff did the best they could with helping me work through a lot of emotions and feelings that I had never dealt with. To say the least, I was a handful for them, but they loved me and worked with me despite my attempts to keep them at arms length. I feel that Haven of Hope is an amazing place and the staff work hard to meet each individual’s needs. It has been a very long time since I was at Haven of Hope but I must give a report that my life today has transformed into something so beautiful. I had a rough start in life but have had the power to change it all around and now work with others that have experienced some of the same issues I faced. I am very grateful and appreciative to all the staff of Haven of Hope for their dedication to the work they do.
The bonds we built didn’t just end at age 18. Thank you Haven of Hope for making life seem as if there were no boundaries to what we could accomplish. The sky was the limit, finally it was to dream.
I’m a past resident of Haven of Hope group homes. I was 14 when I moved in and that’s when my life started to change. I thought I was an invincible teenager that knew everything about life. Boy, was I wrong. Haven of Hope taught me how to be myself again. I actually felt like I had a home, that I was wanted. I hadn’t had that feeling in so long. Being a foster child, that’s the feeling that you want most. Haven of Hope got me back into school, they pushed me to become successful and I greatly appreciate it. I was a completely different person when I graduated from this program. I went from an uncontrollable teen, to a sixteen year old with a brand new outlook on life. Still today, I use the skills I’ve learned from Haven of Hope. I’m still close with most of the staff and residents. They changed my life and I would never want to lose them. I think this new program will be awesome and is a great opportunity for any foster care youth going through the transition to becoming an adult.
I was a resident at Haven of Hope for my last two years of high school. Haven of Hope was a blessing for me. At first, it was hard for me to accept that I had to be there, but I quickly came to realize that all of the staff was there to help me and they all quickly made me feel like part of a big family! Family was something I had never really had. I had been rejected for years and I finally had a place to call home where everyone had my best interest in mind. The staff and girls were all extremely encouraging and loving. Some days were harder than others but most of my days at Haven of Hope were full of laughter and love. Haven of Hope really helped me see that I can have a family, and I’m proud to say that I am part of the Haven of Hope family!