YOUTH HAVEN, INC. AWARDED $300,000 GRANT FROM NCEF

Naples, Fl (May 20, 2022).

Youth Haven, Inc. is pleased to announce they’re recipients of a $300,000 grant from the Naples Children & Education Foundation, founders of the Naples Winter Wine Festival.

Funding received from NCEF will benefit both Youth Haven’s foster care programs and homeless teen programs by providing support to its direct-line counselors, clinician’s/staff, and Case Managers.

Youth Haven’s emergency shelters are Collier County’s only residential option for children and teen ages 10 -18. Its cottages provide a home, instill hope and create a safe place to help children in the foster care system begin to heal. Children are placed in temporary care by the State through different foster care agencies until a more permanent placement can be found. Youth Haven’s shelters house Southwest Florida’s youngest victims of abuse, 24-hours a day, seven days a week, without exception. The children stay for an average of 210 days (but sometimes much longer) depending upon their age and circumstances. Upon leaving, children are reunified with their parents, placed by the State with a safe relative or a foster home.

Youth Haven’s Homeless Teen Transitional Living Program is the only program in Collier County for youth experiencing homelessness and needing assistance in making a successful transition to self-sufficient and sustainable living. Youth Haven helps them heal from their severe trauma and build skills that promote healthy growth into adulthood. The program addresses the various developmental, educational, emotional, social, physical, and mental health needs of homeless youth and utilizes individual service plans. It offers life skills classes that promote independence and housing readiness. Its Transitional Living Cottage, Rob’s Group Home, provides comprehensive 24-hour care, with a longer average length of stay for homeless unaccompanied youth ages 16 to 19. Rob’s Group Home offers homeless teens a safe and caring environment, a place to sleep, and access to intensive case management, educational support, nutritious meals, and medical and mental health services. The program focuses on high school graduation, job readiness, preparing for higher education, and strengthening community connections.

The Naples Children & Education Foundation, the founding organization of the Naples Winter Wine Festival, is improving the educational, emotional, and health outcomes of underprivileged and at-risk children. Through its annual grants and strategic initiatives, NCEF has impacted over 50 of the most effective nonprofits in the community, providing more than 275,000 children with the services and resources they need to excel. NCEF’s unique approach, which emphasizes collaboration between organizations and bridges public and private resources, has become a blueprint for how to transform a community, one issue at a time.

“Naples Children & Education Foundation’s grant will have a tremendous impact on the programs and services that Youth Haven offers to the children and teens that rely on Youth Haven,” said Linda Goldfield. “We’re extremely grateful for both NCEF and the community’s support in raising these funds during the Naples Winter Wine Festival to support the underprivileged and at-risk children in the Naples community.”

For media inquiries, please contact Laura Lafakis, Youth Haven Director of Development, at 239-687-5175 or Laura.Lafakis@youthhavenswfl.org.


About Youth Haven, Inc.

Youth Haven, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit agency, is Collier County’s only emergency and residential emergency shelter for children and teens removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect, or abandonment. In continuous operation since 1972, Youth Haven’s therapeutic campus, located in Naples, Florida, houses 70 youth with a waking staff system that allows for around-the-clock specialized care. Youth Haven provides programs that create transformational change in its youth. Youth Haven is a COA nationally accredited organization, a member agency of the United Way of Collier and the Keys, and a Naples Children & Education Foundation grant recipient. It also holds a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator. Its mission is “To provide Home, Hope, and Healing to abused and neglected children and teens in Southwest Florida.” For more information, please visit youthhavenswfl.org or call 239-774-2904. Follow Youth Haven on social media: FacebookTwitterInstagram, and LinkedIn.

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MAY IS NATIONAL FOSTER CARE MONTH IN COLLIER COUNTY

Naples, Fl (May 1, 2022).

On April 26, 2022, the Board of County Commissioners of Collier County, Florida, proclaimed May 2022 as National Foster Care Awareness Month in Collier County. The proclamation was accepted by Nadereh Salim, CEO of Children’s Network of Southwest Florida, Linda Goldfield, CEO of Youth Haven, and Denise Murphy, President of Youth Haven’s Board of Directors. The proclamation declared that:

  • WHEREAS, children are key to our community’s future success, prosperity and quality of life and have a right to thrive, learn and grow in a safe and loving environment; and,
  • WHEREAS, we must come together as a community to recognize the importance of caring for children who have experienced abuse and neglect, supporting family reunification and building strong communities; and,
  • WHEREAS, the primary reasons for children being removed from the parents and entering foster care are parental substance abuse, inability to cope and care for the child, and inadequate supervision; and,
  • WHEREAS, there are numerous individuals, nonprofit organizations and public servants who are dedicated to raising awareness about the needs of children and teens in foster care; and,
  • WHEREAS, there are 53 licensed foster homes in Collier County with a bed capacity of 98 children, yet on average 279 children are served each month in Collier County, and in the past 12 months, 51 children were adopted into permanent, loving homes; and,
  • WHEREAS, through partnerships, nonprofit organizations, child welfare staff, and public and private agencies, there is a collaborative effort to ensure that children in the foster care system are supported and successful.

NOW THEREFORE, be it proclaimed by the Board of County Commissioners of Collier County, Florida, that May 2022 be designated as NATIONAL FOSTER CARE MONTH IN COLLIER COUNTY.

All of the children and teens that come to Youth Haven have been abused, abandoned, neglected or are homeless. Founded in 1972 and in continuous operation for 50 years, Youth Haven was established to fulfill an immediate need for emergency shelter for children who had been removed suddenly from a traumatic home situation. Our 18.5-acre therapeutic campus houses 70 youth with a waking staff system that allows for around-the-clock specialized care. Youth Haven views challenges as opportunities in helping each child gain confidence, independence and success as they continue to strengthen the community they serve; laying the foundation for children and teens to have hope for a brighter, better future.

“National Foster Care Month is an initiative of the Children’s Bureau. Each May, we take time to acknowledge foster parents, family members, volunteers, mentors, policymakers, child welfare professionals, and other members of the community who help children and youth in foster care find permanent homes and connections. We use this time to renew our commitment to ensuring a bright future for the more than 407,000 children and youth in foster care, and celebrate those who make a meaningful difference in their lives.1

“It’s so important to bring some much-needed attention to National Foster Care Month. The children and teens that arrive to our campus come from traumatic situations and are here because of a shortage of foster care homes. We urge the community to reach out to the Children’s Network of Southwest Florida to find out how they could help support local, vulnerable children and teens,” said Linda Goldfield, Youth Haven Chief Executive Officer

To learn more about becoming a foster parent in Southwest Florida, please visit https://childrensnetworkflorida.org/

For media inquiries, please contact Laura Lafakis, Youth Haven Director of Development, at 239-687-5175 or Laura.Lafakis@youthhavenswfl.org.


About Youth Haven, Inc.

Youth Haven, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit agency, is Collier County’s only emergency and residential emergency shelter for children and teens removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect, or abandonment. In continuous operation since 1972, Youth Haven’s therapeutic campus, located in Naples, Florida, houses 70 youth with a waking staff system that allows for around-the-clock specialized care. Youth Haven provides programs that create transformational change in its youth. Youth Haven is a COA nationally accredited organization, a member agency of the United Way of Collier and the Keys, and a Naples Children & Education Foundation grant recipient. It also holds a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator. Its mission is “To provide Home, Hope, and Healing to abused and neglected children and teens in Southwest Florida.” For more information, please visit youthhavenswfl.org or call 239-774-2904. Follow Youth Haven on social media: FacebookTwitterInstagram, and LinkedIn.

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YOUTH HAVEN, INC. AWARDED $10,000 GRANT FROM SUNCOAST CREDIT UNION

Naples, Fl (April 21, 2022).

Youth Haven, Inc. is pleased to announce they received a $10,000 grant from Suncoast Credit Union.

The funds received will be utilized to fund the expenses associated with Youth Haven’s educational initiative for the children and teens in our foster care group home and homeless teen group home. At Youth Haven, we recognize the importance of education for our youth. Upon arrival to our 18.5-acre therapeutic campus in Naples, Florida, each child’s education needs are prioritized. The funds received will be utilized to assist with establishing makerspaces on our therapeutic campus and all items needed to encourage creativity, innovative thinking, problem-solving skills, and the staff time for the projects. Funding is also required for additional educational support, including, but not limited to, textbooks, furniture, and tools to ensure the learning environment is accessible and appropriate for all ages of children.

Children who spend a significant amount of time in foster care tend to be an average of two years behind their peers in school. By 19, only 58% of teens in congregate care will graduate high school, compared to 87% of all 19-year-olds. When youth arrive on our campus, one of our goals is to provide consistency by keeping them enrolled in their “home” school regardless of districting. Unfortunately, many children and teens arrive without school records or have been home-schooled with very little educational guidance. Sadly, enrollment can take two to eight weeks, especially when a child crosses county lines.

Youth Haven is Southwest Florida’s only residential shelter for boys and girls ages 10-19 who have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect, abandonment, or homelessness. Our programming is designed to address the trauma experienced and help them heal by providing them with innovative therapies, normalizing experiences, and therapeutic environments that assist with their healing journey.

“We’re grateful for the generous support from Suncoast Credit Union,” said Linda Goldfield, Youth Haven Executive Director. “With their support, Youth Haven can continue to meet and exceed our vulnerable youth’s educational needs.”

For media inquiries, please contact Laura Lafakis, Youth Haven Director of Development, at 239-687-5175 or Laura.Lafakis@youthhavenswfl.org.


About Youth Haven, Inc.

Youth Haven, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit agency, is Collier County’s only emergency and residential emergency shelter for children and teens removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect, or abandonment. In continuous operation since 1972, Youth Haven’s therapeutic campus, located in Naples, Florida, houses 70 youth with a waking staff system that allows for around-the-clock specialized care. Youth Haven provides programs that create transformational change in its youth. Youth Haven is a COA nationally accredited organization, a member agency of the United Way of Collier and the Keys, and a Naples Children & Education Foundation grant recipient. It also holds a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator. Its mission is “To provide Home, Hope, and Healing to abused and neglected children and teens in Southwest Florida.” For more information, please visit youthhavenswfl.org or call 239-774-2904. Follow Youth Haven on social media: FacebookTwitterInstagram, and LinkedIn.

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YOUTH HAVEN, INC. AWARDED $10,000 GRANT FROM THE WEST BAY COMMUNITY CHARITABLE FOUNDATION, INC.

Naples, Fl (April 21, 2022). Youth Haven, Inc. is pleased to announce they received a $10,000 grant from The West Bay Community Charitable Foundation, Inc.

The grant received will be utilized to establish a Therapeutic Music Program conducted on Youth Haven’s 18.5-acre therapeutic campus. The children and teens who arrive at our campus have experienced severely traumatic situations. They have been abused, abandoned, neglected, or are homeless. In addition to the on-site counseling they receive, each child and teen participates in our therapeutic programs to assist with their healing process. These programs include but are not limited to art, yoga, and animal-assisted therapy. Hands-on therapy is highly beneficial as the youth can express their feelings and emotions in various ways through different modes.

With this generous funding, we will be able to expand our programs to create a music program. Studies have shown that the implementation of music is hugely beneficial to a youth’s well-being. According to their research, some benefits of music for children include reducing anxiety and stress, ease of pain and discomfort, promotion of positive moods and emotional states, encouragement of bonding and connections, and improvement in memory and cognition. Funding received would be applied to the expense of an external professional music instructor to teach the classes and purchase needed music equipment, including instruments such as a keyboard, guitars, drum pads, maracas, and tambourines, and production equipment such as an iPad Pro and speakers.

Youth Haven is Southwest Florida’s only residential shelter for boys and girls ages 10-19 who have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect, abandonment, or homelessness. Our programming is designed to address the trauma experienced and help them heal by providing them with innovative therapies, normalizing experiences, and therapeutic environments that assist with their healing journey.

Founded in 2015, the West Bay Community Charitable Foundation, Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) organization committed to strengthening our community by actively fundraising and awarding grants for the benefit of those in need. By graciously sharing time, talents, and knowledge, the West Bay Community Charitable Foundation is known for supporting local non-profits.

“We’re so grateful for the generous support from The West Bay Community Foundation, Inc.,” said Linda Goldfield, Youth Haven Executive Director. “With their support, Youth Haven will be able to establish its music therapy program, helping the children and teens that rely on Youth Haven for Home, Hope, and Healing recover from the trauma they have experienced. Being able to launch our much-needed and wanted music program is an incredible opportunity for our organization.”

For media inquiries, please contact Laura Lafakis, Youth Haven Director of Development, at 239-687-5175 or Laura.Lafakis@youthhavenswfl.org.


About Youth Haven, Inc.

Youth Haven, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit agency, is Collier County’s only emergency and residential emergency shelter for children and teens removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect, or abandonment. In continuous operation since 1972, Youth Haven’s therapeutic campus, located in Naples, Florida, houses 70 youth with a waking staff system that allows for around-the-clock specialized care. Youth Haven provides programs that create transformational change in its youth. Youth Haven is a COA nationally accredited organization, a member agency of the United Way of Collier and the Keys, and a Naples Children & Education Foundation grant recipient. It also holds a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator. Its mission is “To provide Home, Hope, and Healing to abused and neglected children and teens in Southwest Florida.” For more information, please visit youthhavenswfl.org or call 239-774-2904. Follow Youth Haven on social media: FacebookTwitterInstagram, and LinkedIn.

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APRIL IS CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH IN COLLIER COUNTY

Naples, Fl (April 1, 2022)

On March 22, 2022, the Board of County Commissioners of Collier County, Florida, proclaimed April 2022 as Child Abuse Prevention Month in Collier County. Linda Goldfield, Youth Haven Chief Executive Office; Denise Murphy, President – Youth Haven Board of Directors; and Chrisy Linaberry, 2nd Vice President – Youth Haven Board of Directors, accepted the proclamation.

The proclamation, submitted by Youth Haven, Inc. states that children are key to our community’s future success, prosperity and quality of life; and

  • WHEREAS, Children have a right to thrive, learn and grow in a safe and loving environment; and
  • WHEREAS, Child abuse and neglect is a serious problem in Collier County, the State of Florida, and across our nation; and
  • WhEREAS, Child abuse prevention is a community responsibility and finding solutions depends on involvement among all people; and
  • WHEREAS, Communities must make every effort to promote programs and support organizations that benefit children and teens and become more aware of child abuse prevention and the resources available to keep children safe;
  • WHEREAS, Effective programs that are dedicated to keeping children and teens in the community safe and free from abuse succeed because of partnerships among agencies, schools, religious organizations, law enforcement agencies, and the business community; and
  • WHEREAS, Youth Haven is dedicated to raising awareness about and preventing child abuse.

All of the children & teens that come to Youth Haven have been abused, abandoned, neglected or are homeless. Founded in 1972 and in continuous operation for 50 years, Youth Haven was established to fulfill an immediate need for emergency shelter for children who had been removed suddenly from a traumatic home situation. Our 18.5-acre therapeutic campus houses 70 youth with a waking staff system that allows for around-the-clock specialized care. Youth Haven views challenges as opportunities in helping each child gain confidence, independence and success as they continue to strengthen the community they serve; laying the foundation for children and teens to have hope for a brighter, better future.

Established in 1983, Child Abuse Prevention Month is an annual observance every April in the United States dedicated to raising awareness and preventing child abuse. “More than 1 million children are victims of child abuse and neglect each year, according to state child protective service agencies. Many victims don’t receive help because they are not reported to the system. These abused and neglected children span all ages, races, religions and socio-economic backgrounds. Child maltreatment includes actions that result in imminent risk of serious harm, death, serious physical or emotional harm, sexual abuse or exploitation of a child under age 18 by a parent or caretaker. Everyone, including professionally mandatory reporters, should contact the Florida Abuse Hotline when they know or have reasonable cause to suspect that a child or a vulnerable adult has been abused, abandoned, neglected, or exploited. The Abuse Hotline Counselor will determine if the information provided meets legal requirements to accept a report for investigation.”1

There are four ways to make a report:

  1. By Telephone 1-800-96ABUSE  800-962-2873
  2. By Fax 800-914-0004
  3. Florida Relay 711
  4. By TTY 800-955-8771
  5. Web Reporting https://reportabuse.dcf.state.fl.us

“It’s crucial that we continue to raise awareness for this important cause and for the safety of our children and teens. If you know of any child or teen has been abused, please report it,” said Linda Goldfield, Youth Haven Executive Director.

Please join Youth Haven in raising awareness for Child Abuse Prevention Month by wearing BLUE on Thursday, April 28, 2022. Upload your photo to social media and tag #YHWearsBlue

For additional information on child abuse in Florida, please visit https://www.myflfamilies.com/service-programs/abuse-hotline/overview.shtml

For media inquiries, please contact Laura Lafakis, Youth Haven Director of Development, at 239-687-5175 or Laura.Lafakis@youthhavenswfl.org.

 

  1. https://www.myflfamilies.com/service-programs/abuse-hotline/overview.shtml

 

About Youth Haven, Inc.
Youth Haven, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit agency, is Collier County’s only emergency and residential emergency shelter for children and teens removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect, or abandonment. In continuous operation since 1972, Youth Haven’s therapeutic campus, located in Naples, Florida, houses 70 youth with a waking staff system that allows for around-the-clock specialized care. Youth Haven provides programs that create transformational change in its youth. Youth Haven is a COA nationally accredited organization, a member agency of the United Way of Collier and the Keys, and a Naples Children & Education Foundation grant recipient. It also holds a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator. Its mission is “To provide Home, Hope, and Healing to abused and neglected children and teens in Southwest Florida.” For more information, please visit youthhavenswfl.org or call 239-774-2904. Follow Youth Haven on social media: FacebookTwitterInstagram, and LinkedIn.

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YOUTH HAVEN, INC. AWARDED GRANT FROM THE CLARK FAMILY FOUNDATION

Naples, Fl (February 3, 2022)

Youth Haven, Inc. is pleased to announce they received a $14,955.00 grant from the Clark Family Foundation. The funds received were used for healing through Youth Haven’s therapy programs and year-end holiday events for the children and teens.

Established in 1972, Youth Haven is Southwest Florida’s only emergency and residential shelter for children and teens removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect. The children and teens arriving at Youth Haven’s therapeutic campus come from traumatic situations. With beds for up to 70 youth, Youth Haven accepts new residents 365 days a year, 24-hours a day. Youth Haven provides a sanctuary where healing begins.

“We’re grateful for the generous funding we have received from the Clark Family Foundation,” said Linda Goldfield, Youth Haven Executive Director. “With their support, Youth Haven was able to exceed our youth’s needs.”

 

About Youth Haven, Inc.
Youth Haven, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit agency, is Collier County’s only emergency and residential emergency shelter for children and teens removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect, or abandonment. In continuous operation since 1972, Youth Haven’s therapeutic campus, located in Naples, Florida, houses 70 youth with a waking staff system that allows for around-the-clock specialized care. Youth Haven provides programs that create transformational change in its youth. Youth Haven is a COA nationally accredited organization, a member agency of the United Way of Collier and the Keys, and a Naples Children & Education Foundation grant recipient. It also holds a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator. Its mission is “To provide Home, Hope, and Healing to abused and neglected children and teens in Southwest Florida.” For more information, please visit youthhavenswfl.org or call 239-774-2904. Follow Youth Haven on social media: FacebookTwitterInstagram, and LinkedIn.

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YOUTH HAVEN, INC. AWARDED GRANT FROM ARTHREX CHARITABLE GIVING PROGRAM

Naples, Fl (February 3, 2022) Youth Haven, Inc. is pleased to announce they’re a recipient of a $25,000 grant from Arthrex Charitable Giving Program.

The grant will provide funding for Youth Haven’s general operations. Operational expenses continue to rise with the increased cost of caring for each child/teen on its 15.5-acre therapeutic campus while continually dealing with the effects of ongoing costs accruing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The grant will also support our enrichment activities, providing us the opportunity to purchase a variety of materials and supplies to be used by the children on campus, such as art supplies, athletic and fitness equipment, and gardening materials. It will also support indoor activities such as reading, movies and cooking classes and fund off-campus outings such as visits to amusement parks, the movies, sporting games and more!

“Youth Haven is grateful for Arthrex Charitable Giving Program’s generosity,” said Linda Goldfield, Youth Haven’s Executive Director. “Arthrex is dedicated to giving back to the local community, and we are honored to be a recipient of their giving. With their support, we can continue to provide exemplary care to our children and teens and enhance our enrichment program, a crucial component of our organization.”

 

About Youth Haven, Inc.
Youth Haven, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit agency, is Collier County’s only emergency and residential emergency shelter for children and teens removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect, or abandonment. In continuous operation since 1972, Youth Haven’s therapeutic campus, located in Naples, Florida, houses 70 youth with a waking staff system that allows for around-the-clock specialized care. Youth Haven provides programs that create transformational change in its youth. Youth Haven is a COA nationally accredited organization, a member agency of the United Way of Collier and the Keys, and a Naples Children & Education Foundation grant recipient. It also holds a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator. Its mission is “To provide Home, Hope, and Healing to abused and neglected children and teens in Southwest Florida.” For more information, please visit youthhavenswfl.org or call 239-774-2904. Follow Youth Haven on social media: FacebookTwitterInstagram, and LinkedIn.

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

Naples, Fl (February 3, 2022).Youth Haven, Inc. is pleased to announce they’re a recipient of a $5,500 donation from Publix Super Markets Charities.

The funds received will benefit Youth Haven’s Residential Shelter and Transitional Living Cottage/Homeless Teen Transitional Living programs. Funding will also be used to purchase consumable supplies used in the day-to-day care for the youth who reside on its 18.5-acre therapeutic campus. Founded in 1972, Youth Haven is Collier County’s only residential emergency shelter for boys and girls ages 10-19 who have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect, abandonment, or homelessness.

Publix founder Mr. George Jenkins established the Publix Super Markets Charities foundation to improve life in our communities.

“Youth Haven is grateful for Publix Super Markets Charities’ investment in Youth Haven,” said Linda Goldfield, Youth Haven Executive Director. “The support we received will allow us to continue to provide life-changing programs for the children and teens that rely on Youth Haven for Home. Hope, and Healing.”

 

About Youth Haven, Inc.
Youth Haven, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit agency, is Collier County’s only emergency and residential emergency shelter for children and teens removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect, or abandonment. In continuous operation since 1972, Youth Haven’s therapeutic campus, located in Naples, Florida, houses 70 youth with a waking staff system that allows for around-the-clock specialized care. Youth Haven provides programs that create transformational change in its youth. Youth Haven is a COA nationally accredited organization, a member agency of the United Way of Collier and the Keys, and a Naples Children & Education Foundation grant recipient. It also holds a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator. Its mission is “To provide Home, Hope, and Healing to abused and neglected children and teens in Southwest Florida.” For more information, please visit youthhavenswfl.org or call 239-774-2904. Follow Youth Haven on social media: FacebookTwitterInstagram, and LinkedIn.

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YOUTH HAVEN, INC. ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH FLORIDA WEST F.C.

Naples, Fl (January 12, 2022).

Youth Haven, Inc. is pleased to announce its partnership with the Florida West F.C..

Youth Haven has collaborated with Florida West F.C. (FWFC) to bring soccer clinics biweekly to Youth Haven’s 18.5-acre therapeutic campus. FWFC has generously underwritten this programing along with their coach’s time. The partnership provides specialized soccer clinics to the boys and girls ages 10 – 19 that call Youth Haven home. The children and teens that arrive to Youth Haven have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect or homelessness. This program allows them to learn and play soccer, regardless of their skill, providing them opportunities that they may not otherwise have access to.

Javier Pachecho, Esq., FWFC Staff Coach, has taken the lead on this exciting initiative. Regarding the clinics, he shared, “The kids have shown tremendous enthusiasm for the game and are having a blast. It has been an extremely rewarding experience so far to work with them. We look forward to seeing them each session and continuing the program.”

“We are excited to bring this new partnership with Florida West F.C. to Youth Haven,” said Linda Goldfield, Youth Haven’s Executive Director. “This clinic is a fantastic and fun opportunity for all of our youth, regardless of their skill levels. Our partnership with Florida West F.C. is so important, as it allows us to provide better outcomes for the children and teens who call Youth Haven home.”

About Youth Haven, Inc.
Youth Haven, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit agency, is Collier County’s only emergency and residential emergency shelter for children and teens removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect, or abandonment. In continuous operation since 1972, Youth Haven’s therapeutic campus, located in Naples, Florida, houses 70 youth with a waking staff system that allows for around-the-clock specialized care. Youth Haven provides programs that create transformational change in its youth. Youth Haven is a COA nationally accredited organization, a member agency of the United Way of Collier and the Keys, and a Naples Children & Education Foundation grant recipient. It also holds a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator. Its mission is “To provide Home, Hope, and Healing to abused and neglected children and teens in Southwest Florida.” For more information, please visit youthhavenswfl.org or call 239-774-2904. Follow Youth Haven on social media: FacebookTwitterInstagram, and LinkedIn.

FWFC’s Mission: To continue to lead the way in SWFL by providing the optimal environment for Youth Athletes of all levels in order to ensure them the opportunity to be the best that they can be. To provide a Club structure that is one of cohesion and alignment in respect to achieving our collective goals

YOUTH HAVEN, INC. AWARDED GRANT FROM BAILEY AND FRIENDS

Naples, Fl (January 12, 2022). Youth Haven, Inc. is pleased to announce they’re a recipient of a $2,500.00 grant from Bailey and Friends.

Bailey and Friends was established by the Golisano Foundation in November 2019 to support animal welfare for cats and dogs in Western New York and Southwest Florida. The funds received from Bailey and Friends will benefit Youth Haven’s Animal-Assisted Therapy Program, which was established in 2010 and is a crucial element of Youth Haven’s therapeutic and counseling program.

Animal-Assisted Therapy decreases stress levels, anxiety, depression, and blood pressure. It also improves the child and teen’s ability to communicate and socialize; enhances mood; lowers stress hormones; increases self-esteem; and enables the child & teen to build and develop trusting relationships.

“Youth Haven’s Animal-Assisted Therapy Program plays a significant role on our therapeutic campus, helping our children & teens feel happy, safe, and loved. We’re so grateful for the Golisano Foundation’s support, and we’re proud to be a recipient of a grant from Bailey and Friends,” said Linda Goldfield, Youth Haven Executive Director.

About Youth Haven, Inc.
Youth Haven, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit agency, is Collier County’s only emergency and residential emergency shelter for children and teens removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect, or abandonment. In continuous operation since 1972, Youth Haven’s therapeutic campus, located in Naples, Florida, houses 70 youth with a waking staff system that allows for around-the-clock specialized care. Youth Haven provides programs that create transformational change in its youth. Youth Haven is a COA nationally accredited organization, a member agency of the United Way of Collier and the Keys, and a Naples Children & Education Foundation grant recipient. It also holds a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator. Its mission is “To provide Home, Hope, and Healing to abused and neglected children and teens in Southwest Florida.” For more information, please visit youthhavenswfl.org or call 239-774-2904. Follow Youth Haven on social media: FacebookTwitterInstagram, and LinkedIn.
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SCHOEN FOUNDATION GRANT TO SUPPORT HOMELESS TEENS

Naples, Fl (January 12, 2022). Youth Haven, Inc. is pleased to announce they received a $250,000 grant from The Schoen Foundation.

The funds will benefit Youth Haven’s Homeless Teen Transitional Living Program (HTTLP), the only program in Collier County for youth experiencing homelessness and needing assistance in making a successful transition to self-sufficient and sustainable living. HTTLP provides our residents with intensive, individualized Case Management, essential for improving the overall health and well-being of unaccompanied homeless teens.

The funding will also help staff Rob’s Group Home, Youth Haven’s Transitional Living Cottage with Youth Empowerment Mentors. It will also provide food, clothing, therapeutic recreation, hygiene supplies, office supplies, computer support, tutoring, college applications, and transportation for the teens to appointments and recreational activities.

“Youth Haven is so grateful for the Schoen Foundation’s continued investment in our organization,” said Linda Goldfield, Youth Haven Executive Director. “Their generous support will allow us to continue to provide life-changing programs that create transformational change in our teens.”

About Youth Haven, Inc.
Youth Haven, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit agency, is Collier County’s only emergency and residential emergency shelter for children and teens removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect, or abandonment. In continuous operation since 1972, Youth Haven’s therapeutic campus, located in Naples, Florida, houses 70 youth with a waking staff system that allows for around-the-clock specialized care. Youth Haven provides programs that create transformational change in its youth. Youth Haven is a COA nationally accredited organization, a member agency of the United Way of Collier and the Keys, and a Naples Children & Education Foundation grant recipient. It also holds a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator. Its mission is “To provide Home, Hope, and Healing to abused and neglected children and teens in Southwest Florida.” For more information, please visit youthhavenswfl.org or call 239-774-2904. Follow Youth Haven on social media: FacebookTwitterInstagram, and LinkedIn.
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YOUTH HAVEN, INC. AWARDED GRANT FROM THE NAPLES WOMAN’S CLUB

Naples, Fl (December 21, 2021).

Youth Haven, Inc. is grateful to receive a $9,500 grant from the Naples Woman’s Club. The funds will help support local abused & neglected children and teens that depend on Youth Haven for Home, Hope, and Healing.

Youth Haven, located in Naples, is Southwest Florida’s only residential shelter for children and teens removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect. With beds for up to 70 youth, Youth Haven accepts new residents 365 days a year, 24-hours a day. Established in 1972 and in continuous operation for nearly 50 years, Youth Haven provides programs that create transformational change in our youth.

The funding we received from the Naples Woman’s Club will assist various ways, including:

  • The purchase of laptops/Chromebooks to help with homework and communication
  • Clothing and toiletries as many youths arrive at our 15.5-acre campus with just the clothes on their back
  • Food/snacks as we accept children and teens 365 days a year, seven days a week, 24 hours a day, making the need for food a high demand

“Youth Haven is grateful for the Naples Woman’s Club investment in Youth Haven,” said Linda Goldfield, Youth Haven Executive Director. “The funds we received will allow us to continue to provide life-changing programs to the children and teens that rely on Youth Haven.”

About Youth Haven, Inc.
Youth Haven, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit agency, is Collier County’s only emergency and residential emergency shelter for children and teens removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect, or abandonment. In continuous operation since 1972, Youth Haven’s therapeutic campus, located in Naples, Florida, houses 70 youth with a waking staff system that allows for around-the-clock specialized care. Youth Haven provides programs that create transformational change in its youth. Youth Haven is a COA nationally accredited organization, a member agency of the United Way of Collier and the Keys, and a Naples Children & Education Foundation grant recipient. It also holds a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator. Its mission is “To provide Home, Hope, and Healing to abused and neglected children and teens in Southwest Florida.” For more information, please visit youthhavenswfl.org or call 239-774-2904. Follow Youth Haven on social media: FacebookTwitterInstagram, and LinkedIn.
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