Children’s services at The Haven partners with families to provide community-based, flexible and individualized services that meet both the family and child’s preferences.

Experience the power of your child’s potential when you enroll them in any of our educational and social programs. Children and teens with disabilities or special needs receive therapeutic, recreational, educational, and social options that are offered in a myriad of programs year-round.


Selby Preschool

Selby Preschool at The Haven serves children, ages 6 weeks through kindergarten, with a high-quality, inclusive, Montessori-style early childhood education. Each class is designed to meet the educational, therapeutic, and emotional needs of each student. For students who qualify, an Individualized education plan (IEP) will be provided to address particular areas for cognitive, social-emotional, and physical development. Students have access to high-quality therapy during their school day through our on-site partnership with kidSpot. We offer physical, occupational, speech and behavioral therapy to students who qualify. Our therapists communicate with our Selby instructors to bring what the student is working on in therapy in to their education in the classroom. The Haven believes that therapy is critical for children with unique abilities so that that may reach their full potential.

For More Information on Enrollment Please Contact:
Missy Eckenrod
Selby preschool Director
941.355.8808 x 207

Haven Academy Middle School and High School

We Are Currently Accepting Applications for the Upcoming School Year

The Haven Academy is a private McKay Scholarship school registered with the Florida Department of Education serving students with a wide range of abilities. The Haven Academy provides functional academics, life skills, vocational skills, and community based instruction with a low student to teacher ratio so that our students reach their academic potential and personal goals.

For More Information on Enrollment Please Contact:
Sierra Ebersole
VP of Day Services
941.355.8808 x 213

Adventure Summer Camp


The Haven's Adventure Camp is an adaptive summer camp for individuals with disabilities in grades 6-12! Camp activities are carefully planned and designed to encourage teamwork, nurture self-esteem and independence, while challenging societal and self-imposed limits through a variety of indoor and outdoor sensory activities. Campers will enjoy a new camp theme each week and the opportunity to make new friends!

Haven adventure Camp will be held at The Haven, a safe and secure community nestled on 32-acres in the heart of Sarasota. This year we are opening the camp to the greater Sarasota-manatee community to keep up with the expressed interest within the community. Don't delay - only 30 camper spots are currently available!

Non-Refundable Registration: $50
Weekly Fee: $175 per week (no daily rates)

Summer Camp Application

*Application does not guarantee acceptance. The Haven reserves the right to dismiss a student from the summer program due to inappropriate placement and/or behavior that endangers themselves or others.

Mail of Fax Your Camper's Application To:

Shantel Amaya
Academic and Career Coordinator
Fax: 941.870.8965
Phone: 941-355-8808 x272
2018 Haven Adventure Camp | June 11- July 27 | Grades 6-12

Academic and Career Readiness

Through the support of the Able Trust High School - High Tech program, The Haven’s Academic and Career Readiness Program provides students with disabilities in Sarasota and Manatee with the opportunity to explore various careers, professions, and educational pathways.

For More Information Please Contact:
Shantel Amaya
Academic and Career Coordinator
941.355.8808 x 272

We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to live the most fulfilling, social and active life possible.

Our clients experience the power of their potential through programs and services that emphasize personal choice, employment, inclusion, enrichment, and leadership. At The Haven, we offer a continuum of quality services with a commitment to assisting and supporting people with disabilities.


Haven Industries

With a focus on social and vocational skills, independent living skills, and functional academics Haven Industries is an Adult Day Training program serving adults with a wide range of disabilities. Some of our program modules include:

Vocational Employment:
  • • Heavenly Haven Bakery and Culinary Arts
  • • Upscale Resale
  • • Janitorial and Horticulture/Landscaping Crew
  • • Weaving & Art
  • • Contract Assembly Positions

Life Skills:
  • • Community Field Trips
  • • Fitness & Wellness Classes
  • • Volunteer Jobs
  • • Aktion Club
  • • Active Arts
  • • T-Rec Activities

For More Information or to Schedule a Tour Please Contact:
Debbie Zeiger
Haven Industries Program Manager
941.355.8808 x 214

Employment Services

Removing Barriers

The goal of The Haven’s Community Employment Services is to provide our program participants with job-seeking skills, job development and placement, personal and vocational adjustment training, job analysis, employment coaching, and employment follow-along services.

Regardless of the program, The Haven employs highly skilled, experienced professional Employment Specialists who work with clients to provide the finest quality employment services for people regardless of their disability.

Employment Services Program

Employment Services Program provides comprehensive employment services for both employers and program participants. Employers benefit from The Haven’s Employment Specialists who are experienced in providing well-trained and motivated employees. The Employment Specialists work with employers on identifying their needs and offering qualified workers by screening candidates, and providing on-the-job training. Program participants are supported by the Employment Specialists who align the specific requirements of the employer and the particular job with the participant by focusing on career counseling, job readiness training, job development, placement, follow-along maintenance, job retention and job accommodation assistance. Our staff provides the participant with recommendations, ideas, assistance and advice on filling out applications and interviewing for particular jobs.

For More Information Please Contact:
Sean Gast
Community Employment Coordinator
941.355.8808 x 267

Career Without Limits Program

The Haven’s Careers Without Limits Program is a comprehensive employment service structured to offer assistance to participants with disabilities who are in the final stages of, or have already completed a technical or a traditional college degree program. The employment services are personalized, one-on-one support to help assess and prepare participants to enter the job market. The Careers Without Limits program is funded through private grants* and comes with no fees for participants or employers.

Careers Without Limits provides participants:

  • • Comprehensive employment skills training
  • • Identifies internship opportunities and job leads, as well as support through the process
  • • Provides up to a year of post-employment support

Employers who partner with The Haven’s Careers Without Limits program will have access to qualified, educated workers who are motivated to begin their careers.

This project funded by

For More Information Please Contact:
Carol Reams
Careers Without Limits Coordinator
941.355.8808 x 267

VIP-ER Program

Voluntary Interim Placement – Enhanced Recovery Program (VIP-ER) is a consortium of six agencies that partner together to provide services to individuals residing at The Salvation Army who are struggling with substance abuse and related issues. Jewish Family and Children’s Service (JFCS) along with, First Step of Sarasota, Sarasota County Health Department, Salvation Army, Suncoast Technical College and The Haven provide an array of services to participants in the VIP-ER Program. The Haven provides employment placement and follow along services, as well as assistance with information regarding further education and vocational funding.

For More Information Please Contact:
Ken Ouellette
Employment Specialist

Residential Services

Residential Services at The Haven provides an independent living environment with the support your loved one deserves. The Haven is more than just a close knit family of neighbors; it is the peace of mind in knowing that your loved one has access to incredible amenities and top-quality services. Designed to help your loved one experience their best potential, we provide 24/7 direct care staff in each residence so your loved one has support if and when they need it. Best of all, our residents enjoy an abundance of social activities to help friendships flourish!

The Haven’s residential program consists of five single-family style residential homes for adults 18+ with intellectual or developmental disabilities. Located on a lush, 32-acre campus, The Haven assists all residents in every aspect of their daily life as needed. Assistance and education can include social skills, cooking and cleaning, self-care and hygiene, and personal safety skills.

Community Amenities
  • • 24/7 Caring and Supportive Direct Care Staff
  • • Health Care Management
  • • Safe and Secure Community with Nighttime Security Gate
  • • Healthy and Nutritious Meals
  • • Therapeutic Pool and Tropical Walking Path
  • • State-of-the-Art Fitness Center and Training
  • • Basketball & Bocce Ball Court
  • • Transportation for Shopping, Dining, Entertainment and Medical Appointments
  • • Social Skill and Life Skill Training
  • • Vacation Club
  • • Cable TV and so much more!

For Information About Our Waitlist for Residential Services Please Contact:
Danielle Pearce
941.355.8808 x 210