Mission

The Haven Shelter & Services, Inc. is committed to preventing and eliminating all types of domestic violence and sexual assault within our service area which includes Westmoreland, Richmond, Essex, Lancaster, and Northumberland Counties.

The primary focus of The Haven’s Mission is to provide advocacy and shelter for identified victims of partner abuse and sexual assault as well as to provide support services to victims and their families.

To greater further its mission, The Haven seeks to enhance public awareness of domestic violence and sexual assault issues through community outreach and education.

 

Our Core Beliefs

The philosophy which guides the staff, board members, and volunteers at The Haven in their work and interaction with the community is based on the following beliefs:

 

  • We have a responsibility to empower those who have experienced intimate partner violence and sexual abuse by presenting them with information regarding all available options, encouraging them to make their own choices, and by encouraging them to speak out against violence. 

  • We have a responsibility to be all inclusive and to integrate the principles of disability justice, economic justice, gender justice, immigration justice, LGBTQ+ justice, and racial justice throughout the services we provide and throughout our entire organizational structure.

  • We have a responsibility to integrate the principles of the trauma-informed approach throughout all the services we provide and throughout our organizational structure.

  • We have a responsibility to empower the communities we serve to be safer for all by promoting resilience in children, youth, and families and preventing the perpetration of intimate partner and sexual violence. 

  • We have a responsibility to collaborate with other public and private service providers to ensure a more effective, supportive response to intimate partner and sexual violence and those who have experienced such violence.

  • We have a responsibility to foster an environment for employees that promotes health.

 

The Haven will follow key elements to assure its success. They are:

  • adherence to mission

  • trauma-informed services

  • alliance building 

  • adaptability 

  • community engagement

 

History

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In 1986, The Haven was established under the Richmond County Family Focus Board.

In 1988, an old farm house was obtained to serve as The Haven's primary shelter for almost 20 years.