Haven Acres has been established to serve the youth of the Twin Cities and is located in Hampton, MN. The founders, Jason and Jenifer Heath, took in a teenage boy in 2002 that struggled with learning disabilities and mental health issues due to the abuse and neglect he had suffered as a child. The Heaths heard about a youth ranch in Oregon that used horses to help bring healing to kids with these types of issues, and when they searched for one nearby that could possibly assist the hurting teen they were raising, they were unable to find one in the area. The idea of someday running a similar ranch was conceived all those years ago and finally came to fruition in 2013. The program was developed by following the model of Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch. CPYR has developed a program that has been shown to be very effective, and hundreds of others have followed their example and reproduced similar ministries around the country.
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