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Building Healthy Families

Baby Haven is an inspiring ministry provided by The Salvation Army in Caldwell.

Baby Haven

Baby Haven is an incentive-based program for low income families who are either expecting a child or have a child under 24 months old. Baby Haven is not about giving handouts; rather, it is about changing lives by helping parents set goals that promote healthy families. For achieving these goals, the families are rewarded with resources for their infants like formula, diapers, clothing and more. Baby Haven has special guests come in and teach on issues ranging from nutritional health to budgeting. Free diapers are given at each class.

Upon completion to the two year program students will participate in graduation celebration ceremony and receive a certificate of completion. We partner with the University of Idaho and Eat Smart Idaho who provide nutrition and physical activity education for low-income Idahoans.

Classes are held the second and fourth week of the month in English and Spanish. 

Tuesday, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 

Thursday, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 

The boutique is filled with baby items such as, formula, furniture, baby food, wipes, blanket clothes and more. Mothers select items with the points they earn attending classes and keeping their babies medical care up to date. Diapers are given just for attending classes. Baby Haven also provides an opportunity to have fellowship and support from other mothers facing the same or similar challenges.  

Mothers in the Baby Haven program are welcome to bring their families for Coffee Talk once a month for food, fun and fellowship. Building stronger relationships with one another outside the classroom creates a strong connection and more meaningful experience.

Facilitators in our community volunteer their time and expertise to teach the mothers enrolled in the program. Health, Education and Financial Stability are the three staples of Baby Haven. Subjects may include, parenting skills, nutrition, budgeting, child safety, health care, immunizations, and many other life skills.

Application for the Baby Haven program can be filled out at The Salvation Army in Caldwell during office hours. The office (1015 E. Chicago St.) is open Tuesday - Friday between 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM. Please bring identification, birth certificate for the child and proof of address. 

Eat Smart Idaho helps adults and families learn the basics of:

  • Healthy Eating
  • Smart Shopping
  • Food Safety
  • Quick Meal Preparation
  • Management of Limited Grocery Dollars
  • Increased Levels of Physical Activity


Students will learn each of these four major components.

- Watch Spending
- Plan Meals
- Shopping List
- Essentials
- Money Saving Tips
- Shop Food Groups
- Food Safety
- Nutritional facts
- Time Management
- Safety Cooking
- Boosting Nutrition
- Reducing Waste

- Balanced Diet
-  Healthy Breakfast
- Healthy Snacks
- Limit Eating Out



For more information about the Baby Haven program, please contact Major Stephanie Bridgeo at or 208.459.2011.