Haven House opened in March 2015.  Since then, thirty-four women have lived at Haven House.

Haven House is the only recovery and reentry residence in Juneau with a support program. To live at Haven House, a resident agrees to participate in an active program to support their long term recovery and reentry within their community. The Haven House Program includes a communal living situation with shared responsibility for maintaining a clean, orderly living space; clear House Rules, which include a curfew, mandatory house meetings, random drug tests, and immediate dismissal from the House if any drugs or alcohol are at the home; a release of information from the resident to allow communication between Haven House staff and a resident’s probation officer; development of an Individual Recovery Action Plan and at least weekly meetings on progress or setbacks on the Individual Recovery Action Plan.  This description, however, does not capture the joy and support and love that residents and staff and mentors at  Haven House often experience and help each other experience.

Haven House is also the only recovery and reentry residence in Juneau which is peer-led and which is based on peer support. According to a 2009 SAMHSA publication, peer recovery support is “a new kind of social support services designed to fill the needs of people in or seeking recovery. . . . as the word peer implies, they are designed and delivered by people who have experienced both substance use disorder and recovery. . . . Research has shown that recovery is facilitated by social support (McLellan et al., 1998), and four types of social support have been identified in the literature (Cobb, 1976; Salzer, 2002): emotional, informational, instrumental, and affiliational support.” Haven House provides all four types of social support.

After we opened, something started happening.   Haven House was not only helping the women who lived there but other women who were formerly incarcerated and wanted to participate in recovery and reentry.  Haven House began hosting a weekly community meeting on Thursday at the home.  This meeting draws women who do not currently live at the home.  In 2018, about fifty women have attended this meeting who are not current residents of the home. Some have never been residents. Some are former residents. In addition to scheduled meetings, Haven House can be a place for spontaneous gatherings such as, recently, when a former resident turned to Haven House staff and residents in the wake of a violent family tragedy.