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In our 50 years of operation, Childhaven has grown from one program to seven to fit the needs of children and families in the Four Corner’s region. We’ve come a long way thanks, in large part, to people like you. Check out our timeline below to learn more about our history!

  • A Community in Need

    The San Juan Mission informed authorities that it could no longer serve as a children’s shelter. As a result, it was not uncommon to find children in bars or in the streets. Sometimes children were found wandering the highway in the middle of the night searching for their wayward parents.

  • Board of Directors Elected

    Childhaven’s Board of Directors is established, consisting of Paul Amquist, W.L. Blasingame, Jack Cline Jr., Mrs. John Ritzenthaler, Bruno Giovanini, Mrs. Louise McDonald, Frank Lillywhite, Allen King, Sandy Scott and Farmington mayor Boyd Scott.

  • Childhaven Shelter Opens

    Childhaven Children’s Emergency Shelter opens. Its location was on East Main St. in Farmington in what was formerly known as the Skelly Oil Company building. The building was purchased by San Juan County and the City of Farmington and leased to the Childhaven Board of Directors.

  • Temporary Closure

    Childhaven temporarily closes its doors due to insufficient funding.

  • Shelter Re-Opens

    Childhaven re-opens after receiving its share of San Juan United Way campaign funds and paying its mortgage in full with $2,500 in reserve funding.

  • First Childhaven Fundraiser

    Childhaven’s first fundraiser, the Fabulous Follies, coordinated by Yoki Shimoda from Jerome H. Cargill Productions, New York, nets $10, 175.93. Delores Goodman is appointed as the new director of Childhaven.



Affiliated with:

CASA For Children
National Children's Alliance
The Local United Way