Monthly Archives: April 2016


Thor KolemainenThor Kolemainen, Director of Advancement

We are pleased to introduce to you Thor Kolemainen, who recently joined our staff as Director of Advancement. Thor will be working closely with Youth Haven’s President, Lars Carlson, in an effort to develop stronger relationships with you, our faithful friends and supporters. We want to create a culture where Youth Haven is an extended family of staff, volunteers, prayer partners, and financial partners, all mutually supportive of each other and with a common purpose of sharing Christ with disadvantaged children. Please feel free to reach out to Thor with any questions you might have about our ministry, or with your prayer requests. He can be reached via e-mail at, or by phone at 517-569-3328.

Thank You for Making a Difference!

Devonte with team leader

Devonte with his team leader in 2009

An Adoptive Mother’s Heartfelt Words of Thanks

I want to write this letter to say thank you for the opportunities you have given my son Devonte. He has been an LIT (Leader in Training) for the summer and continues. This has changed his attitude toward others. He has learned compassion for the children and adults. He has grown in his faith. He loves to give to others. What a pleasure it is to see him growing into a fine young man.

Before he started this journey he was very self absorbed and really cared very little or had no concern for others. He came to us at age 8 years and had already endured more than an adult should have, let alone a child. He was angry and just terrible to others. The one thing he looked forward to as a child was the weekends he got to spend at Youth Haven. Over the years of camp he grew to love the camp and at 15 years he asked if he could try to be in the LIT program. How grateful I was to have him be given this chance!

Both Devonte and I want to express our thanks for him to have this wonderful opportunity.


Elizabeth Williams, Devonte Williams

Names and photos used with permission.

Devonte as LIT

Devonte as an LIT in 2015

Spring 2016 Progress Update

Progress Update

Your gifts provide safe, high quality facilities for children in need!

At the Michigan Campus:
In our “Chicken Coop” gymnasium, the boys’ and girls’ restrooms have been gutted, and remodeling is nearing completion. Cleaning, painting, and repairs are taking place throughout the entire building.

In the “Deerlodge” dining facility, the walls and ceiling have been patched and painted, old kitchen equipment removed, and new stainless steel counters, sinks and a dishwasher installed. Feeding the children is a key component of our ministry, and these upgrades will enable our chef to more efficiently prepare meals in the large quantities that are needed for the kids. Thank you to the Home Depot volunteers (pictured above) who painted our children’s dining room!

At the Arizona Campus:
Volunteers have thoroughly cleaned and painted the dorms, repaired and painted picnic tables for activities and meal times, and painted one of our activity pavilions.

We have stepped out in faith to accomplish these needed projects and are trusting God to provide approximately $25,000 to cover the cost. You could be part of that provision by giving a special gift toward the renovations. In addition to strict state regulations and camp inspections, we believe providing high quality facilities for the children helps show them they are important to us. Thank you for making that possible!

Summer 2016 Preview

Summer Preview

Summer Camp begins June 6 in Arizona, June 13 in Michigan!

Your generosity will enable us to offer close to 1,100 scholarships for disadvantaged children this summer! Because you care, these kids will get to experience the fun of summer camp and discover the hope of Christ at Youth Haven, free of charge!

Here are a few of the exciting summer activities they’ll enjoy during their week with us:

  • Adventure Trail
  • Archery
  • Bikes
  • Chapel
  • Covered Wagons
  • Crafts
  • Gaga Ball
  • Game Room
  • Gym
  • Petting Farm
  • Playground
  • Sports
  • Story Time
  • Swimming
  • Waterslide
  • Zipline (Michigan)

We’re still looking for committed individuals who are passionate about children’s ministry to fill a few key roles on our summer staff team. To learn more, please visit

Please continue to pray for Youth Haven as we prepare for this busy season. Thank you for your financial love gifts that make this ministry possible!