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YOUTH HAVEN ADDRESSES COMMUNICATION CHALLENGES

Naples, FL (April 2, 2020)

With social restrictions in place due to COVID-19, Youth Haven addressed communication challenges that faced the children and teens that call Youth Haven home. With school campuses closed until May 1, 2020 and Youth Haven’s campus closed to outside visitors, it was of utmost importance to have a continuity plan in place.

Hunger & Homeless Coalition of Collier County was contacted and generously purchased 30 new laptops for Youth Haven’s children and teens. The laptops will be used for virtual learning and other academic reasons. Thanks to a prior donation from the Elizabeth K. Galeana Foundation, each child and teen now has a Kindle Fire that allows for video visits with the youth’s case managers, therapists, the psychiatrist, and any additional approved visits.

Michael Overway, Homeless & Hunger Coalition Executive Director, stated, “I wanted to make sure our children have the tools to succeed during these difficult times. Hunger & Homeless Coalition is donating to our wonderful Collier County’s Continuum of Care partner!”

“We’re so grateful for the donation of laptops so our children and teens can be successful in their virtual learning endeavors. With Youth Haven being a therapeutic campus, communication with their case managers and others is also crucial so the Kindles have proven to be a huge asset,” said Jinx Liggett, Youth Haven Executive Director. “Hunger & Homeless Coalition of Collier County and the Elizabeth K. Galeana Foundation are both amazing partners!”

If you have any questions, please contact Laura Lafakis at 239-687-5175 or Laura.Lafakis@youthhavenswfl.org.

About Youth Haven

Youth Haven, a 501(c)(3) non-profit agency, is Collier County’s only residential emergency shelter for boys and girls ages 6-18 who have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect or abandonment. Youth Haven is a COA nationally accredited organization, a member agency of the United Way of Collier County, a Naples Children and Education Foundation grant recipient, and has been in continuous operation since 1972. For more information, visit www.youthhavenswfl.org, like our Facebook page, follow us on Twitter, and Instagram.

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YOUTH HAVEN GRATEFUL FOR COMMUNITY SUPPORT

Naples, FL (March 27, 2020)

While Youth Haven has closed its campus to volunteers and visitors during the COVID-19 pandemic, we remain committed to being a lifeline of support, with 73 beds available, for abused, abandoned, and homeless children and teens. The unexpected need to increase staff and purchase additional food and other necessities has put a strain on our budget; however, we’re committed to doing whatever is necessary to provide the same level of exemplary care to our children and teens.

We’re aware that this pandemic is affecting everyone so we’re especially thankful for the community support we have received in the last few days to help lessen our burden. Thank you to the Great Foodini Mobile Bistro, Il Primo Pizza & Wings (pizza funded by an anonymous donor), McAlister’s Deli, Outback and Texas Roadhouse for donating food to our children and the staff that cares for them.

An Amazon Wish List is also available for those that would like to make a contribution: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/WAJWQ989SQX8?ref_=wl_share.

“We’re so grateful for the support we have received for our children and teens. Youth Haven is their home where they’re protected, cared for, and a place where their healing begins,” said Jinx Liggett, Youth Haven Executive Director.

If you are a restaurant and would like to support Youth Haven with a food donation or if you have any questions, please contact Laura Lafakis, Development Manager, at 239-687-5175 or Laura.Lafakis@youthhavenswfl.org.

About Youth Haven

Youth Haven, a 501(c)(3) non-profit agency, is Collier County’s only residential emergency shelter for boys and girls ages 6-18 who have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect or abandonment. Youth Haven is a COA nationally accredited organization, a member agency of the United Way of Collier County, a Naples Children and Education Foundation grant recipient, and has been in continuous operation since 1972. For more information, visit www.youthhavenswfl.org, like our Facebook page, follow us on Twitter, and Instagram.

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YOUTH HAVEN’S 33RD ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT POSTPONED

Naples, FL (March 16, 2020)

Due to continuing concerns surrounding COVID-19, Youth Haven’s 33rd Annual Charity Golf Tournament, Fairways for the Future, previously scheduled for April 14th at Lely Resort Golf and Country Club, has been postponed.

The health and safety of our donors, volunteers, and staff is our highest priority for our upcoming events. Our hope is that within the next two months, we will be able to reschedule the tournament. Please stay tuned for the new date. Thank you so much for your support and understanding.

If you have any questions, please contact Laura Lafakis at 239-687-5175 or Laura.Lafakis@youthhavenswfl.org.

About Youth Haven

Youth Haven, a 501(c)(3) non-profit agency, is Collier County’s only residential emergency shelter for boys and girls ages 6-18 who have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect or abandonment. Youth Haven is a COA nationally accredited organization, a member agency of the United Way of Collier County, a Naples Children and Education Foundation grant recipient, and has been in continuous operation since 1972. For more information, visit www.youthhavenswfl.org, like our Facebook page, follow us on Twitter, and Instagram.

YOUTH HAVEN, INC. ANNOUNCES NEW APPOINTMENT TO BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Naples, FL (March 17, 2020)

Youth Haven, Inc. is pleased to welcome Lynda M. Waterhouse, Campus President of Keiser University (Naples) to their Board of Directors, effective February 19, 2020.

“Youth Haven is honored to have Lynda join our Board of Directors,” said Jinx Liggett, Youth Haven’s Executive Director. “Her years of professional experience and dedication to giving back to the local community will be a huge benefit to both our organization and the countless abandoned, abused and homeless children and teens that we support”

About Lynda M. Waterhouse, CPA, DHA, FACMPE
Currently, Lynda Waterhouse is the campus president for Keiser University-Naples, Keiser University’s twenty-first campus in the state of Florida.  Previously, Lynda served as CFO, COO, and President/CEO of Wolford College. In addition to the responsibilities at Wolford College, Lynda had served as the Executive Director of Collier Anesthesia, PA for 23 years. Lynda is a Certified Public Accountant and before working in the medical field, had worked as Vice President/Assistant Controller for a large New York financial services company. Lynda has served as an officer on the Leadership Collier Foundation Board, the Collier County Hunger and Homeless Coalition, the Florida Anesthesia Administrator’s Association, Wolford College, and Collier Anesthesia.  She has volunteered on the NCH Hospital Ball Committee, been Co-Vice Chair, and Co-Chair of Leadership Collier Class of 2015 and 2016, and currently serves on the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce Finance Committee.

Youth Haven 2019 – 2020 Board Members
Youth Haven’s 2019 – 2020 Board Members consists of Brenda O’Connor, President; Erin Brahms, Vice President; Patrick Arnall, Treasurer; Jessica Santella, Secretary; Chief Stephanie Spell, Immediate Past President; Jackie Balandra; Mary Beth Johns; Christina Linaberry; Pamela Lundborg, Associate; Bradford K. Marshall; Evelyn McKoan; Denise Murphy; Mike Prioletti and Christopher Raphael.

Honorary Lifetime Trustees
Youth Haven’s Honorary Lifetime Trustees consists of Carol Boyd, Lamar Gable, Lavern N. Gaynor, Frances Pew Hayes and Sheriff Kevin Rambosk.

About Youth Haven

Youth Haven, a 501(c)(3) non-profit agency, is Collier County’s only residential emergency shelter for boys and girls ages 6-18 who have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect or abandonment. Youth Haven is a COA nationally accredited organization, a member agency of the United Way of Collier County, a Naples Children and Education Foundation grant recipient, and has been in continuous operation since 1972. For more information, visit www.youthhavenswfl.org, like our Facebook page, follow us on Twitter, and Instagram.

YOUTH HAVEN RECEIVES GRANT FROM THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION FOR $30,000

Naples, FL (March 3, 2020)

Youth Haven is pleased to announce it has received a $30,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Collier County. These funds will support Youth Haven’s partnership with Think:Kids: Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) for Youth program.

Youth Haven has implemented CPS, a strengths-based, neurobiologically-grounded approach to conflict resolution with traumatized children. In CPS, staff are trained to adopt the belief that children “would if they could,” and this belief, combined with an array of techniques to help children build skills, leads to improvements in behavior and other functional areas for traumatized children. The funds received from The Community Foundation of Collier County will allow Youth Haven to continue to engage with Think:Kids, a program in the Department of Psychiatry at the Massachusetts General Hospital, and continue to guide Youth Haven through the CPS training process.

“Youth Haven is grateful for the support it has received from The Community Foundation of Collier County, says Jinx Liggett, Youth Haven Executive Director. “This generous donation will allow our staff to continue our three-year commitment to training and coaching. We are dedicated to this culture shift for our entire campus in how we collaborate with our children & teens to reduce their challenging behaviors.”

The Community Foundation of Collier County awards annual grants through a competitive application and review process. Selected organizations receive grant dollars from the Changing Needs Fund. This Fund is made up of donors who believe in the Community Foundation’s ability to identify and grant to the most community’s most current needs.

About Youth Haven

About Youth Haven

Youth Haven, a 501(c)(3) non-profit agency, is Collier County’s only residential emergency shelter for boys and girls ages 6-18 who have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect or abandonment. Youth Haven is a COA nationally accredited organization, a member agency of the United Way of Collier County, a Naples Children and Education Foundation grant recipient, and has been in continuous operation since 1972. For more information, visit www.youthhavenswfl.org, like our Facebook page, follow us on Twitter, and Instagram.

 

About the Community Foundation of Collier County

The Community Foundation of Collier County is a tax-exempt, public, charitable organization, established in 1985 to increase and focus private philanthropy in the area. Today, the Community Foundation of Collier County manages more than 750 funds, serves hundreds of nonprofits, holds $225 million in assets and has distributed more than $168 million in grants to nonprofit organizations and community programs since its inception in 1985. The Community Foundation of Collier County is one of Florida’s fastest growing community foundations. For good. Forever. Learn more at cfcollier.org or call 239-649-5000.

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YOUTH HAVEN TO HOST 33RD ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT

Naples, FL (March 2, 2020)

Youth Haven will host their 33rd annual golf tournament, Fairways for the Future, to support the children and teens of Youth Haven, on Tuesday, April 14, 2020. The tournament will be held at Lely Resort Golf and Country Club, 8004 Lely Resort Blvd., Naples, with the awards dinner immediately afterwards at The Players Club & Spa, also located in Lely. Registration and lunch will be at 11:30am followed by an 1:00pm shotgun, scramble format.

An Early Birdie registration discount is available if registered by March 31 at $250 for an individual and $1,000 for a foursome. Starting April 1, cost will increase to $300 for an individual and $1,200 for a foursome. The player package includes 18 holes of golf, cart & green fees, range entry into on-course golf contests, lunch, awards dinner & player gift.

For registration and sponsorship information, contact Laura Lafakis at 239-687-5175 or Laura.Lafakis@youthhavenswfl.org. To register, visit https://youthhavenswfl.org/events/fairways-for-the-future/.

About Youth Haven

Youth Haven, a 501(c)(3) non-profit agency, is Collier County’s only residential emergency shelter for boys and girls ages 6-18 who have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect or abandonment. Youth Haven is a COA nationally accredited organization, a member agency of the United Way of Collier County, a Naples Children and Education Foundation grant recipient, and has been in continuous operation since 1972. For more information, visit www.youthhavenswfl.org, like our Facebook page, follow us on Twitter, and Instagram.

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YOUTH HAVEN’S SOIREE ON THE STRIP RAISES OVER $550,000

Naples, FL (February 18, 2020)

Youth Haven’s Annual Soiree on the Strip, held on Saturday, February 1, 2020 at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples (Beach) was a resounding success, raising over $550,000 to support the children & teens that call Youth Haven home. This elegant evening out on the town featured dinner, cocktails, entertainment, dancing, casino games and more!

Event co-chairs were Doug Olsen, Director of Marketing/Aesthetics Derm Instructor of Philip Douglas & Co.; Philip Douglas, Creative Director of Philip Douglas & Co.; and Jackie Ressa, owner of Jacqueline Ressa Interior. Media sponsor was Naples Illustrated.

“We’re grateful for everyone that supported Soiree on the Strip,” said Jinx Liggett, Youth Haven Executive Director. “It was definitely an unforgettable evening!”

About Youth Haven

Youth Haven, a 501(c)(3) non-profit agency, is Collier County’s only residential emergency shelter for boys and girls ages 6-18 who have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect or abandonment. Youth Haven is a COA nationally accredited organization, a member agency of the United Way of Collier County, a Naples Children and Education Foundation grant recipient, and has been in continuous operation since 1972. For more information, visit www.youthhavenswfl.org, like our Facebook page, follow us on Twitter, and Instagram.

YOUTH HAVEN, INC. AWARDED $3,500 DONATION FROM PUBLIX SUPER MARKETS CHARITIES

Naples, FL (February 10, 2020)

Youth Haven, Inc. is pleased to announce they’re a recipient of a $3,500 donation from Publix Super Markets Charities.

The funds received will benefit Youth Haven’s emergency shelter/homeless teens programs.  Founded in 1972, Youth Haven is Collier County’s only residential emergency shelter for boys and girls ages 6-19 who have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect, abandonment or are homeless.

The Publix Super Markets Charities foundation was established by Publix founder, Mr. George Jenkins, to improve life in our communities.

“We’re extremely thankful for this donation and thank Publix Super Markets Charities for their support,” said Jinx Liggett, Youth Haven Executive Director.

About Youth Haven

Youth Haven, a 501(c)(3) non-profit agency, is Collier County’s only residential emergency shelter for boys and girls ages 6-18 who have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect or abandonment. Youth Haven is a COA nationally accredited organization, a member agency of the United Way of Collier County, a Naples Children and Education Foundation grant recipient, and has been in continuous operation since 1972. For more information, visit www.youthhavenswfl.org, like our Facebook page, follow us on Twitter, and Instagram.

YOUTH HAVEN TO PARTICIPATE IN 24-HOUR GIVING CAMPAIGN

Naples, FL (February 10, 2020)

Youth Haven is one of 40 local nonprofits selected to participate in the 24-hour “Give Where You Live” campaign, hosted by the Community Foundation of Collier County. The campaign will run from noon on February 19, to noon on February 20. Funds will be maximized through a matching fund generously provided by the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation and the Community Foundation of Collier County.

Donors are able to give to Youth Haven by check, credit card, or wire transfer.

“We’re honored to participate in this important fundraising event,” says Executive Director Jinx Liggett. “We would like to thank the community for investing in our children. Your funding will make an immediate impact in transforming the lives of our traumatized youth.”

Give Where You Live Collier is a county-wide movement to celebrate and increase philanthropy in Collier County through a donation match. In 2019, the 24-hour campaign yielded more than $5 million by 2,221 donors.

For more information, please email Laura.Lafakis@youthhavenswfl.org or (239) 687-5175.

About Youth Haven

Youth Haven, a 501(c)(3) non-profit agency, is Collier County’s only residential emergency shelter for boys and girls ages 6-18 who have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect or abandonment. Youth Haven is a COA nationally accredited organization, a member agency of the United Way of Collier County, a Naples Children and Education Foundation grant recipient, and has been in continuous operation since 1972. For more information, visit www.youthhavenswfl.org, like our Facebook page, follow us on Twitter, and Instagram.

5K RACE BENEFITING YOUTH HAVEN PLANNED FOR FEBRUARY 8, 2020

Naples, FL (January 24, 2020)

Palmetto Ridge High School’s Spanish Honor Society is hosting a 5k color run on Saturday, February 8th at North Collier Regional Park to benefit Youth Haven. Its goal is to raise awareness surrounding the mental health of our youth community. The race will start at 7am with all profits from the event, including those derived from donations and sponsorships, going to Youth Haven. For additional details and to register, visit https://runsignup.com/Race/FL/Naples/PalmettoRidge5kBearTROT

About Youth Haven

Youth Haven, a 501(c)(3) non-profit agency, is Collier County’s only residential emergency shelter for boys and girls ages 6-18 who have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect or abandonment. Youth Haven is a COA nationally accredited organization, a member agency of the United Way of Collier County, a Naples Children and Education Foundation grant recipient, and has been in continuous operation since 1972. For more information, visit www.youthhavenswfl.org, like our Facebook page, follow us on Twitter, and Instagram.

NCEF TRUSTEE DAY BENEFITS YOUTH HAVEN

Naples, FL (January 24, 2020)

On Wednesday, January 15th, the Naples Children & Education Foundation, founders of the Naples Wine Festival and Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation hosted a “Build-Out and Celebration Day” at Youth Haven. More than 30 NCEF trustees and staff members built a community garden and donated items such as sports equipment, toiletries and clothing. We’re grateful for their ongoing support!

About Youth Haven

Youth Haven, a 501(c)(3) non-profit agency, is Collier County’s only residential emergency shelter for boys and girls ages 6-18 who have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect or abandonment. Youth Haven is a COA nationally accredited organization, a member agency of the United Way of Collier County, a Naples Children and Education Foundation grant recipient, and has been in continuous operation since 1972. For more information, visit www.youthhavenswfl.org, like our Facebook page, follow us on Twitter, and Instagram.

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Youth Haven to Participate in Art & Soul Event

Naples, FL (January 8, 2020)

Youth Haven will be participating Art & Soul at the Museum (hosted by the Mental Health Association) at the Collier Museum, Main Government Campus on Saturday, January 11th from 10am – 2pm. For additional details, visit https://colliermuseums.com/event/art-soul-at-the-museum.

About Youth Haven

Youth Haven, a 501(c)(3) non-profit agency, is Collier County’s only residential emergency shelter for boys and girls ages 6-18 who have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect or abandonment. Youth Haven is a COA nationally accredited organization, a member agency of the United Way of Collier County, a Naples Children and Education Foundation grant recipient, and has been in continuous operation since 1972. For more information, visit www.youthhavenswfl.org, like our Facebook page, follow us on Twitter, and Instagram.