Henderson Haven is a non-profit organization located in Orange Park, Florida. It was founded in 2003, to provide support and advocacy services for children and adults with developmental disabilities in Northeast Florida. Henderson Haven offers intensive behavioral intervention, early autism intervention, developmental disability services, autism service dogs and resource services for parents and caregivers. At Henderson Haven, we presume competence in every person we serve and strive to help each individual live a life of true independence that supports their goals and dreams.

Lee Henderson

Lee spent 7 years as the Vocational Director for a non-profit organization in Lubbock, Texas. He supervised 14 trainers working with over 30 individuals in workshop, job coaching and outside employment settings. He was appointed to the Mayor’s task force for ADA compliance and co-founded the Lubbock County Vocational Council. After shifting to hospitality management, he moved his family to Florida as a General Manager for Chuck E. Cheese’s, he continued a successful career in restaurant and hotel management allowing his wife, Sherri, to focus on raising their three children. After Sherri began assisting other families with advocacy services, they saw the need for services in the area that would focus on the abilities of others, instead of their limitations. Sherri began Henderson Haven and Lee soon followed to focus on the business functions of the company.

Sherri Henderson

Sherri spent four years as a supervisor at the Lubbock State School caring for individuals with severe physical and mental disabilities. Afterwards she worked as a house manager for a six bed group home in Texas. She helped develop and implement programs designed to promote independent living skills. After relocating to Florida with her family, she continued to focus on raising their three children. She found she had to fight for the inclusive rights of her oldest son, Trey, with Down Syndrome, in the local school system and did so successfully. Others began to seek her out for help and advice in dealing with the needs and rights of their children, and the advocacy services of Henderson Haven was started.

Founders Lee and Sherri Henderson


Our Vision

To protect and support the inherent rights of all people to choose where and with whom they work, live and play.

What do we mean by “choice”:

  • Choice is made by the individual either through direct or indirect communication.
  • Choices are encouraged. Failure is acceptable – it’s how we learn and grow.
  • Choices are examined closely through communication to determine the true nature of the choice and then adjusted.
  • Choices without experience are not choices – they are settling for the least objectionable.


Henderson Haven is proud to be partners with other local organizations that share in our beliefs and philosophies. By working together, we are able to provide the people of North Florida a clear path to independent living, choice and inclusion.

The HEAL Foundation is a local non-profit organization in Northeast Florida. HEAL serves individuals and families living with Autism Spectrum Disorders. The Foundation serves as an outreach organization providing, educational programs and camps tailored to the needs of our Autism Community.

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Hope Haven’s multi-disciplinary team provides excellence in educational, psychological and related therapeutic services for children, families and young adults with special needs.

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Down Syndrome Association of Jacksonville – The mission of this association is to provide individuals with Down Syndrome opportunities to develop their potential in a supportive family, professional and community environment.

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