Haven Home for Girls
we are united in our dedication to children
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
President / Founder – Laura Albright
History of Haven for Girls
As a very young child, at the age of 7, I lost my mother to domestic violence. At the time it just felt like I was all alone, misunderstood, and on my own. I didn’t like feeling like that. I then made a goal for myself. I wanted to make sure that other girls who may be in similar situations didn’t feel the emptiness and uncertainty that I felt, that they would always have somebody to turn to for support.
I devoted my self to working in occupations that helped provide care to those that were in a similar situation to mine. Being a house mother for at risk youth in my late twenties helped me realize that I wanted to open a home for girls; to provide a support system for them as they worked towards their independence and throughout their lives.
In 2008 I opened a home called Laura Walker Project, named after my mother. This home served girls who were pregnant and parenting up the the age of 21. This home allowed these girls to stay with their babies instead of being separated. Our capacity was 16, and we often had a full house with a waiting list. There was no doubt that this service was needed, and through the work that we did, there was no doubt that we were making a difference in the lives of the young ladies we served. In 2011, the property we were leasing was no longer an option for us. As a result, the home closed. This was a very difficult time, but I knew that that wasn’t the end.
Immediately after we closed Laura Walker Project, in 2011, I formed the non-profit organization, Haven Home for Girls. We found a property that would be perfect and several months later amazing things started to happen: $20,000 was presented to Haven Home for Girls to help with opening the home. We were able to open this home and serve the same population as we did before, pregnant and parenting teenagers up to age 21!
On December 1, 2012, we signed our lease agreement at our first location. I say first because the vision is to have many homes, so that every youth who finds herself in the situation of being pregnant or with a child has a place where she can stay with her baby, and has a lifelong support system. God’s hand has been in Haven Home for Girls since before its inception. There is no doubt in my mind that this plan was in the works long before I knew it. Haven Home for Girls wouldn’t be here today without divine intervention.