Braided Haven, Inc. provides a continuum of services for at-risk LGBTQ+ youth who face family rejection and are forced to leave their home. A lack of safe shelters, as well as aging out of foster care, leaves these youth disproportionately at risk of homelessness which can lead to immense hopelessness and increases their risk of suicide.
Many LGBTQ+ individuals have experienced trauma, including physical, sexual, and emotional abuse and violence in the home or on the streets. They are often further traumatized by the rejection they have experienced in their families, schools, and communities. Braided Haven focuses on a trauma-informed, resilience-focused approach to supporting and engaging the young people at both the Drop-In Center and in our houses.
Our staff and volunteers are trained in core competencies such as trauma, stress management and coping, restoring a young person’s sense of control, and reducing shame and stigma. Braided Haven ensures a welcoming, affirming, and safe space for the young LGBTQ+ population and addresses the whole person, taking into consideration all the young person’s experience and potential.