Pastor Brawner, who runs the Haven Paniel church in North Philadelphia where we installed a 10-unit lab, also runs a support center for HIV positive youth in Southwest Philadelphia.
The mission of Haven Youth Center is to provide educational, social, and recreational services to HIV positive youth to support healthy, age-appropriate development and transition into adulthood. Haven provides HIV positive youth with a recreational facility to decrease social isolation, improve self-concept/self-esteem, enhance communication skills, and encourage the development of healthy peer relationships among a population that may often feel stigmatized in other community settings.
Haven additionally focuses on HIV Testing and Counseling services to adults in Philadelphia. We are located in the Southwest Philadelphia neighborhood across the street from the Outley House, a homeless shelter for men. They offer services to aid this population as well.