Youth Haven is a licensed group home that provides emergency shelter for youth ages 7-17 as well as long-term transitional living beds for youth ages 16-17. While youth are in the program, our Specialists of Residential Youth and Case Manager of Specialized Residential Services work with youth to provide support and make a plan for transitioning to a safe, more permanent placement after they leave the shelter. Youth Haven is the only emergency shelter on King County's eastside and the only shelter placement in Washington State that serves youth under the age of 12.
We consistently try to make our space feel as home-like and inclusive as possible for our youth, and we're currently in the process of refurbishing parts of the shelter to achieve this!
We are currently undergoing a bedroom remodel to create single-occupancy bedrooms within the shelter, recognizing how important it is for each youth to have their own space and privacy.
Additionally, on the ceiling of the main hallway, we've painted a variety of inclusive Pride flags representing all identities in the LGBTQIA+ community. Stay tuned! There are plans soon to paint murals in each wing of the shelter to continue to beautify our space and make it more youth-friendly and welcoming.
Check out the full list of Friends of Youth programs and services here!