Philosophy & History


Mission Statement
Stille Havn Hus strives to enhance the quality of life of each resident by providing superior residential services within compassionate communities woven with acceptance, dignity, mutual respect, forgiveness and love. 

Vision Statement
Stille Havn Hus will be the standard whereby the quality of life for individuals with serious and persistent mental illness is measured. 

Core Principles

  • To keep in our heart the individual’s best interest
  • To provide excellent safe service
  • To honor and value each individual 
  • To create a sense of home, belonging and trust

Stille Havn Hus Respects and Upholds:

  • Each Individual’s quality of life
  • Each Individual’s gifts and limitations
  • Each Individual’s wants and needs


In 2004, Jim Rogen founded and built a community residential service designed for middle aged and older individuals diagnosed with mental illness. Jim named the residence Stille Havn Hus – Norwegian for Calm Harbor House.

After the enactment of the Olmsted Law, following a 1999 Federal Supreme Court ruling, people with serious and persistent mental illness were given a choice of where to live and receive services. Instead of residing in a state hospital, funds became available for community-based living. On March 3, 2004, with support of the state of Minnesota, the city of Walker and Cass County, Jim and Ann were able to purchase 23 acres of land where they built Stille Havn Hus.

Stille Havn Hus provides residential services for sixteen people.

Stille Havn Hus is comprised of a common activity and office building with four homes. Connected under one roof by enclosed, temperature-controlled breezeways, the homes are wheelchair friendly, with a total of sixteen single occupancy bedrooms. The warm, up-north styled décor and furnishings provide a home environment for residents formerly living in state institutions and other more restrictive settings.

Paved walking paths wind through the landscaped grounds. Flower and vegetable gardens provide enjoyment and activities. Two natural ponds with a connecting creek encourage wildlife to visit the property. 

While location, private bedrooms, paved trails and groomed landscape are important, it is our philosophy and commitment to quality of living at Stille Havn Hus that sets the standard of support for each person.  Staff are committed to providing engaging activities and support for the people that live at Stille Havn.

Stille Havn Hus’ location lends itself to a broad variety of activities. Daily indoor activities, gardening, wildlife observation and other individualized activities are available.  With waterfront access and pontoon on Leech Lake, fishing and boating opportunities are also available. 

A full-time nursing department of Registered Nurses and LPNs are available on site. This team of nurses are available, if requested, to help with onsite healthcare needs as well as coordinating medication management and health related appointments.

Many team members at Stille Havn Hus have been with the organization for years. It is the depth and quality of this team that allows Stille Havn Hus to sustain the level of support residents and their loved ones deserve.

Stille Havn Hus opened November 2004. It was the first of its kind in Northern Minnesota. Stille Havn Hus does business with many counties across Minnesota. The Stille Havn Hus team of staff members are trained intensively on contemporary positive support strategies and crisis intervention skills. As Stille Havn Hus is home for many of its residents, they often choose to live out their lives in this setting. End-of-life-care may be provided in partnership with area hospice services as chosen by the person. 

The low rate of hospitalization of residents of Stille Havn Hus has made it a cost-effective, and stable option for people with a history of residential instability. Stille Havn Hus supports are well-received by residents and their loved ones. Most Stille Havn Hus residents gradually show improvement with the services and respectful support our staff provide.

Jim’s son, Alex Rogen, started on the team as a caregiver in 2008, and over the years, came to run the operations at Stille Havn Hus, Kaffe Havn, Shingobee Island Lodge and Summit House.  After the untimely death of Jim in 2013, administrative and ownership changes occurred.  Alex now owns and operates Stille Havn Hus.

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