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

Naples, Fl (April 30, 2024) Youth Haven, Inc. is pleased to welcome Christine Stahl Lublin to its Board of Directors, effective April 2024.

Christine Lublin was an executive at IBM for many years, leading teams and managing businesses throughout the Southeast United States and Puerto Rico. Since coming to Naples, she has been involved with several philanthropic organizations, serving in many positions, including committee chair, presenting sponsor, and honorary chair. In addition to Youth Haven, organizations she has supported include Bucket List Bash (American Cancer Society), Naples International Film Festival, Naples Winter Wine Festival, Naples Zoo, and Naples Botanical Gardens. Christine feels strongly that all children deserve love and a place to call home and is delighted to be a member of the Youth Haven board.

“Youth Haven is honored that Christine Stahl Lublin has joined our Board of Directors,” said Linda Goldfield, Youth Haven’s Chief Executive Officer. “Christine is an incredible addition to our Board of Directors. Her support will allow us to continue to provide the best care to the children and teens that depend on Youth Haven for Home, Hope, and Healing.”

About Youth Haven, Inc.
Youth Haven, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was established in 1972 and provides Home, Hope, and Healing to abused and neglected children and teens, ages 6 – 20, in SWFL. Its 18.5-acre therapeutic campus in Naples, FL, offers the only Emergency shelter in Collier County for youth removed from their homes. Youth Haven offers a Residential/At-Risk care facility where individuals can stay for an average of 270 days. Additionally, they operate a shelter specifically for homeless, unaccompanied teens, helping them make a successful transition to adulthood. With beds for up to 70 youth, Youth Haven provides around-the-clock specialized care in a home-like
environment, counseling to begin their healing process, educational support, and a robust enrichment program. Youth Haven is accredited by the nationally recognized Council on Accreditation, licensed by the Florida Department of Children and Families, and is a partner of Children’s Network of Southwest Florida. Rated 4-star (excellent) by Charity Navigator and Platinum by Candid/Guidestar, Youth Haven is a beneficiary of Naples Children & Education Foundation. For more information or to schedule a tour, please visit youthhavenswfl.org or call 239-774-2904. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

Rob’s Cottage: Hope for Homeless Teens in Collier County

Homelessness among children and teens in Collier County is on the rise, but thankfully they have a place to find a soft landing, the help they need to get back on their feet, and a safe environment to call home thanks to Rob’s Cottage at Youth Haven.

 


Collier County Public Schools has identified 1,289 homeless students in our community, all of whom qualify for the support afforded them by the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act.

Youth Haven provides Collier County’s only Homeless Teen Transitional Living Program.

While we serve younger children in a separate area of our 18-acre campus – Rob’s Cottage is a voluntary residential program with an extensive screening process for homeless teens ages 16-20. Teens are given a safe and caring environment, access to intensive case management, educational support, nutritious meals, and medical and mental health services. Programs and classes focus on high school graduation, job readiness, preparing for higher education, and acquiring and maintaining independence and housing.

 

Two teen residents at Rob’s Cottage catch up on homework before group dinner.

Over 90% of the Teens at Rob’s Cottage are referred to Youth Haven by Collier County Public Schools or Collier County Homeless Coalition.

 

Teens at Rob’s Cottage are provided with:

 

  • a safe and caring environment
  • access to intensive case management
  • educational support
  • nutritious meals
  • medical and mental health services
  • classes and programs for everything from high school graduation to financial literacy

The stories of home, hope, and healing for homeless teens that land at Rob’s Cottage are endless. A recent resident decided to bravely share her story with us (and you) to help better illustrate how the structured environment, caring staff, and life-changing programs at Youth Haven helped save her life. Please take a moment to read Johane’s story.

 


 

Johane’s Story: A soft landing and a launching pad at Rob’s Cottage

As the oldest daughter in her family, 16-year-old Johane often had to care for her five siblings. Her single mother had difficulty providing for the family and struggled to keep a roof over their heads and food on the table.

Johane recalls the day she couldn’t take it anymore.

 

“It was always hectic. I was busy taking care of my sisters and brothers. I had to put others first. There simply was no time for me. When I told a school counselor that life had gotten so bad that I didn’t want to live anymore, she listened. And then school officials told me about Youth Haven.”

Homeless teens often fall through the cracks in the child welfare system. Younger, more vulnerable infants and children are a higher priority. In Collier County, homeless teens have the option to choose to come to Youth Haven.

 

“When I arrived at Youth Haven, it was hard. I didn’t know anyone. I felt I had to advocate for myself,” said Johane.

“I was grateful that one of the first people I met was Ms. Tina, the Care Coordinator. She was bright, bubbly, and easy to talk to. I also have to say that Mr. Mick, the Manager at Rob’s Cottage, was especially helpful because he also spoke Creole. It was easy to connect with him. In fact, he often checked in on me to see if I needed help. He paid attention to me. He advocated for me when I needed it most.”

After being referred and completing an extensive screening process, Johane and other homeless teens at Rob’s Cottage, Youth Haven’s Transitional Living Cottage, are provided a safe and caring environment 24-hours a day, seven days week. Each teen receives case management services, educational support, nutritious meals, medical and mental health services, career readiness, preparing for higher education and strengthening community connections. Residents are expected to work toward self-sufficiency – an adult life outside of Youth Haven.

Since arriving at Youth Haven nearly six months ago, Johane has been able to focus on the goals she set during the admission process. She is doing well in high school and…

 

…with support from the Youth Haven team, she has earned a full scholarship to Florida International University (FIU) through the Golden Scholars Program.

Johane has been accepted to be part of a special FIU program that is only available to first-generation students from underrepresented backgrounds. She will receive year-round housing, and extra guidance and support will be provided by FIU staff and counselors that starts during the summer session, preparing her for the fall semester at the university.

At Rob’s Cottage, Johane is already serving as an inspiration for some of her teen peers. She is busily applying for nearly 30 additional scholarships and grants, taking the initiative to ensure financial support while she pursues a degree in broadcast journalism, with a goal to become a broadcast technician.

 

She recalls bad days and good days at Youth Haven. Johane shared that she especially enjoyed a shopping day with her roommate and a staff member. She said it was fun to get out and shopping was a good way to get to know her roommate. When she had a particularly tough day and was crying, her roommate was considerate to leave to give her some space. Johane thought she was kind to also come back to see how she was doing, even though they hadn’t known each other for very long.

 

“I am grateful to Youth Haven for giving me an opportunity for a life beyond poverty.

I can see there is a better way to live than the one I experienced for 16 years. At this time, I feel my biggest accomplishment has been to secure admission to FIU, along with several scholarships. While I advocated for myself, Youth Haven staff and volunteers were there to support me,” said Johane.

As the goal of Rob’s Cottage at Youth Haven is to help homeless teens work toward self-sufficiency, Johane certainly serves as an excellent role model.

For the 1,200+ homeless children and teens in Collier County, Johane’s story is all too familiar.  Thankfully, Johane had the support of Youth Haven to help during her time of need. The best way to support the children who call Youth Haven home is to make a donation to support our mission.

Youth Haven Cherish the Children Event

Naples, Fl (January 26, 2024)

Cherish the Children event raises more than $800,000 for Youth Haven

The Cherish the Children luncheon on Monday, January 22, at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples (Beach), surpassed its goal, raising more than $800,000 for Youth Haven programs. More than $250,000 was raised from the attendees during the sold-out event in response to an appeal to support Youth Haven’s programs and services, which provide around-the-clock specialized care to children and teens in a home-like environment.

Dr. Richard and Christine Lublin served as the luncheon’s Presenting Sponsor. Fitzgerald Family Foundation, Trina & Rick Mostyn, and Jen & Dave Porter were Diamond Sponsors.

“We are grateful to our sponsors, the event committee, our board members and everyone who attended this event to demonstrate their incredible support for Youth Haven,” said Linda Goldfield, CEO. “Proceeds from this event are critical to ensuring the abused, neglected, and homeless children and teens that rely on us for Home, Hope, and Healing will have the bright future they deserve.”

About Youth Haven, Inc.
Youth Haven, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was established in 1972 and provides Home, Hope, and Healing to abused and neglected children and teens, ages 6 – 20, in SWFL. Its 18.5-acre therapeutic campus in Naples, FL, offers the only Emergency shelter in Collier County for youth removed from their homes. Youth Haven offers a Residential/At-Risk care facility where individuals can stay for an average of 270 days. Additionally, they operate a shelter specifically for homeless, unaccompanied teens, helping them make a successful transition to adulthood. With beds for up to 70 youth, Youth Haven provides around-the-clock specialized care in a home-like
environment, counseling to begin their healing process, educational support, and a robust enrichment program. Youth Haven is accredited by the nationally recognized Council on Accreditation, licensed by the Florida Department of Children and Families, and is a partner of Children’s Network of Southwest Florida. Rated 4-star (excellent) by Charity Navigator and Platinum by Candid/Guidestar, Youth Haven is a beneficiary of Naples Children & Education Foundation. For more information or to schedule a tour, please visit youthhavenswfl.org or call 239-774-2904. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

YOUTH HAVEN’S UNCORKED AND HEALING YOUTH BOTH SUCCESSFUL

Naples, Fl (November 9, 2023) Youth Haven, Inc. celebrates a triumphant start to a busy 2023-2024 season with two highly successful events.

Uncorked was held Friday, October 13, 2023, at The Club at Mediterra. The eighth annual wine pairing event, chaired by Charlie Miller and Jacqui Resop, featured delicious food and drinks, live music, a silent auction, and more. Thank you to our Sommelier Sponsor, International Diamond Center, and Wine Sponsor, Pacific Southern Wine Company. $90,000 was raised to support Youth Haven.

Healing Youth was held Wednesday, November 1, 2023, at Sea Salt. For a third year, Sea Salt owners Ingrid and Chef Fabrizio opened their doors to host a luncheon raising $40,000 to benefit Youth Haven’s children and teens. The luncheon featured Keynote Speaker Christina Meredith, author of the best-selling book CinderGirl: My Journey Out of the Ashes to a Life of Hope.

Gulfshore Life/The Naples Press was the media sponsor of both events, and Corey Lazar, WINK News Anchor, served as Emcee.

Please save the dates for Youth Haven’s following two events:

Cherish the Children will be held at the Ritz-Carlton, Naples, on Monday, January 22, 2024, starting at 11:00 am. The Cherish the Children luncheon offers an engaging opportunity to learn more about the programs that help to create transformational change in the lives of our children and teens. Event Co-chairs: Trina Mostyn and Jen Porter, Honorary Chairs: Dr. Richard Lublin and Christine Lublin. The luncheon will feature keynote speaker Steve Pemberton, best-selling author of The Lighthouse Effect. The media sponsor is Naples Illustrated. Individual tickets are $300.

Starry Nights will occur on Saturday, March 23, 2024, at the Ritz-Carlton Naples, Tiburón, from 5:30 – 10:00 p.m. Join us for Starry Nights, a mesmerizing evening celebrating Youth Haven featuring a cocktail reception, dinner, live entertainment, dancing, a silent auction, and more! We hope you join us for this enchanting evening where every child of Youth Haven is a star! Event Chairs are Ingrid Aielli, Beverly Fanning, Rufino Hernandez, and Brenda Melton; Honorary

Chairs are Mr. John and Dr. Amy Quinn. TV Personality Courtney Hansen is also returning as the event emcee, along with Corey Lazar. The media sponsor is Gulfshore Life/The Naples Press. Individual tickets are $500.

Founded in 1972 and continuous operation for over 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 to help each child gain confidence, independence, and success as they continue to strengthen the community they serve.

“We are grateful for our sponsors, attendees, vendors, in-kind donors, and volunteers that helped make Uncorked and Healing Youth a success,” said Linda Goldfield, Youth Haven’s Chief Executive Officer. “We hope you can join us at Cherish the Children and Starry Nights to support the local abused and neglected children that depend on Youth Haven. Together, we can continue to provide transformational changes and ensure a brighter, better future for the children and teens in our care.”

For sponsorship opportunities for Youth Haven’s events, please visit youthhavenswfl.org/events/

If you have any events or sponsorship questions, please contact Michele Rubin, Events Manager, at (239) 687-5163 or Michele.Rubin@YouthHavenSWFL.org.

About Youth Haven, Inc.
Youth Haven, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was established in 1972 and provides Home, Hope, and Healing to abused and neglected children and teens, ages 6 – 20, in SWFL. Its 18.5-acre therapeutic campus in Naples, FL, offers the only Emergency shelter in Collier County for youth removed from their homes. Youth Haven offers a Residential/At-Risk care facility where individuals can stay for an average of 270 days. Additionally, they operate a shelter specifically for homeless, unaccompanied teens, helping them make a successful transition to adulthood. With beds for up to 70 youth, Youth Haven provides around-the-clock specialized care in a home-like environment, counseling to begin their healing process, educational support, and a robust enrichment program. Youth Haven is accredited by the nationally recognized Council on Accreditation, licensed by the Florida Department of Children and Families, and is a partner of Children’s Network of Southwest Florida. Rated 4-star (excellent) by Charity Navigator and Platinum by Candid/Guidestar, Youth Haven is a beneficiary of Naples Children & Education Foundation. For more info or to schedule a tour, please visit youthhavenswfl.org or call 239-774-2904. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

YOUTH HAVEN, INC. ANNOUNCES CONTINUED PARTNERSHIP WITH FOSTERING SUCCESS

Naples, Fl (November 7, 2023Youth Haven, Inc. is pleased to announce its continued partnership with Fostering Success.

Fostering Success, formerly Friends of Foster Children Forever, provides educational and enrichment opportunities that assist in the future success of foster children between the ages of zero to 23. Fostering Success will continue to provide academic mentoring services to children placed at Youth Haven with open Collier County dependency cases. The tutoring services provided are being donated at no charge to Youth Haven. Each child will be assessed, matched with an Academic Mentor (independent contractor of Fostering Success) for academic tutoring, and evaluated every six months using KTEA-3 assessments. 100% of Fostering Success students have seen an improvement in at least one subject area.

Youth Haven, located in Naples, is Southwest Florida’s only residential shelter for children and teens removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect, or homelessness. With beds for up to 70 youth, Youth Haven accepts new residents 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. Established in 1972, Youth Haven provides programs that create transformational change. Studies have shown that youth in the foster care system are more likely than their peers to experience difficulty in school due to a lack of stability and exposure to trauma. Issues include poor grades, a high rate of grade retention, and lower high school graduation rates. To help combat this issue, Youth Haven launched a campus Homework Hub in January 2022, where the youth can receive tutoring services from Fostering Success, review homework and projects, and maintain close contact with the Collier County School District and individual schools.

“Youth Haven is thrilled to continue our partnership with Fostering Success,” said Linda Goldfield, Youth Haven CEO. “Statistically, children in congregate care are, academically, an average of two years behind their peers. Our continued partnership with Fostering Success will ensure better outcomes for children and teens living at Youth Haven, providing them with a brighter, better future.”

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 ages 10 – 19 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.

YOUTH HAVEN, INC. ANNOUNCES CHIEF DEVELOPMENT OFFICER

Naples, Fl (August 31, 2023) Youth Haven, Inc. is pleased to announce the appointment of Peter Johnson as Chief Development Officer (CDO).

Peter has a wealth of fundraising experience, having dedicated over two decades to various nonprofit organizations, including St. Matthew’s House and the Boy Scouts of America. Peter is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) and a board member for the local chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). He is also a member of the Estate Planning Council of Naples and a proud graduate of Leadership Collier.

After graduating from New York University, Peter served in the Peace Corps in Paraguay, where he taught beekeeping to subsistence farmers and spent a year in Senegal, competing on the amateur beach wrestling circuit. Peter makes his home in Naples with his wife, Ashley, and their three children.

Founded in 1972, Youth Haven provides Home, Hope, and Healing to abused and neglected children and teens in Southwest FloridaLocated in Naples, Florida, with beds for up to 70 youth at a given timeYouth Haven is an immediate lifeline of safety, love, and compassion for innocent children in crisis and the first step in a long journey back to trust, confidence, and joy. As the CDO, Peter will serve as a key executive team member and will work closely with the CEO to set a strategy for ongoing revenue growth. The CDO will propel Youth Haven to new levels of fundraising success and align the development team’s efforts with the organization’s strategic priorities.

“We’re honored to welcome Peter Johnson to Youth Haven,” said Linda Goldfield, Youth Haven CEO. “Peter’s visionary and entrepreneurial approach and fundraising expertise make him an outstanding addition to Youth Haven and will allow us to enhance our mission and vision.”

To contact Peter, please call 239-774-2904, ext. 104, or email Peter.Johnson@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 ages 10 – 19 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.

YOUTH HAVEN, INC. ANNOUNCES PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Naples, Fl (August 9, 2023Youth Haven, Inc. is pleased to announce the appointment of Kelly Starke as their Program Director.

Kelly has over 20 years of experience working with children in human services, with approximately 14 years in a supervisory role. A strong leader in guiding children and staff members to success, she has experience using outcomes to determine future needs to support Youth Haven.

Founded in 1972, Youth Haven provides Home, Hope, and Healing to abused and neglected children and teens in Southwest FloridaLocated in Naples, Florida, with beds for up to 70 youth at a given timeYouth Haven is an immediate lifeline of safety, love, and compassion for innocent children in crisis and the first step in a long journey back to trust, confidence, and joy. Kelly is responsible for all Youth Haven’s programs that create transformational change in its children and teens.

Kelly’s past work experience includes Program Director at Pace Center for Girls in Immokalee, Florida, and Program Manager/Transition Coordinator at Eckerd Connects-Project Bridge in Fort Myers, Florida.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Kelly Starke to Youth Haven,” said Linda Goldfield, Youth Haven CEO. “Kelly’s vast experience, outstanding communication skills, and motivation make her an excellent addition to Youth Haven!”

To contact Kelly, please call 239-774-2904, ext 115 or email Kelly.Starke@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 ages 10 – 19 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.

For media inquiries, please contact Laura Lafakis, Youth Haven Interim Director of Development, at 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.

YOUTH HAVEN, INC. AWARDED $400,000 GRANT FROM NCEF

Naples, Fl (August 3, 2023). Youth Haven, Inc. is pleased to announce they’re recipients of a $400,000 grant from the Naples Children & Education Foundation, founders of the Naples Winter Wine Festival.

Funding from NCEF will benefit Youth Haven’s foster care and homeless teen programs by supporting its direct-line counselors, clinicians/staff, and Case Managers.

Youth Haven’s emergency shelters are Collier County’s only residential option for children and teens ages 10 -20. 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 270 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 placed with 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 more extended average 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 60 of the most effective nonprofits in the community, providing over 300,000 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, Youth Haven CEO. “We’re extremely grateful for 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 Interim Director of Development, at 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.

YOUTH HAVEN, INC. ANNOUNCES 2023 – 2024 BOARD OF DIRECTORS SLATE

Naples, Fl (July 7, 2023). Youth Haven, Inc. is pleased to announce its 2023-2024 Board of Directors slate and the appointment of Christina Linaberry as its new President. Linaberry is a longtime supporter of Youth Haven, having served on its Board of Directors for eight years, most recently as 1st Vice President.

Youth Haven 2023 – 2024 Board of Director Officers

  • Christina Linaberry, 1st Vice President
  • Jennifer Porter, 1st Vice President
  • Ingrid Aielli, 2nd Vice President
  • Gregg Agens, Treasurer
  • Trina Mostyn, Secretary
  • Denise Murphy, Immediate Past President

 

Youth Haven 2023 – 2024 Board of Director Members 

  • Sue Brousseau
  • Pamela Lundborg
  • Jen Mitchell
  • Amy Novakovich
  • Mike Prioletti
  • Brenda Ruth/Blickenstaff
  • Derace Schaffer, MD

“The first time I stepped onto the Youth Haven campus, I knew it was a special place, and my respect has continued to deepen every time since,” shared Christina Linaberry. “Thanks to the unwavering dedication, support, and commitment of the Youth Haven staff and volunteers, the children and teens that come to Youth Haven have a second chance. They are given the tools to move beyond their past and progress forward to a brighter future. I am deeply grateful and proud that there is a warm, safe, and supportive place called Youth Haven in our community, and I am also so grateful for all who support it.”

“We’re happy to announce our 2023 – 2024 Board of Directors slate,” said Linda Goldfield, Youth Haven CEO. “We look forward to Christina Linaberry leading our board and are grateful for Denise Murphy’s impactful work as our immediate past president. Our board’s support, commitment, and visionary leadership will ensure we continue to meet the growing demands of our community, providing home, hope, and healing to abused and neglected children and teens.”

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.

Youth Haven SWFL Youth Shelter

YOUTH HAVEN RECOGNIZES ROLE MODELS IN HONOR OF FATHER’S DAY

Naples, Fl (June 14, 2023).

Imagine being a child and the person you look up to, the person you respect and admire the most, is also the person who is abusing and neglecting you. A mentor’s betrayal significantly impacts a child, creating feelings of fear, mistrust, and low self-esteem. Being removed from the abuse and placed in a safe foster care home removes the immediate threat of physical danger, but the long-lasting effects of the trauma endured by children and teens can be deadly if left untreated.

As Southwest Florida’s only emergency and residential shelter for boys and girls ages 10 – 20, Youth Haven is an immediate lifeline of safety, love, and compassion. The minute a child steps on Youth Haven’s campus, the staff begins the healing process and helps the child on their journey back to trust, confidence, and joy.

With Father’s Day upon us, we recognize and honor the strong male figures who have served as role models for the children and teens that rely on Youth Haven for Home, Hope, and Healing. These individuals, and so many more, have provided much-needed guidance, mentorship, and the stability they need while they heal.

Laquentin Cotton, also lovingly known as “Mr. Q,” serves as Director of Rob’s Group Home, Youth Haven’s shelter for unaccompanied homeless teens. Rob’s Group Home offers our 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. Laquentin has gone above and beyond, ensuring the teens’ successful transition to adulthood. He has supported them every step of the way – while they have resided on our campus, as well, as helping them relocate into homes of their own – both locally and out of state, purchasing vehicles and furnishings, and even sharing some of his famous barbeque cooking skills with the teens. One teen that moved out after completing our program shared with Laquentin, “I realize I’m one of the lucky ones. That without Youth Haven and Rob’s, I would be in jail or dead. I’ll make you all proud, I promise.”

Two individuals who have implemented their sports background to go nine yards for the youth are Culmer St. Jean and Spencer Adkins. Culmer, Residential Manager, is a graduate of Lely High School in Naples, Florida. He played football in college for the Wisconsin Badgers and has given back to his community for over 15 years by coaching local high school football. Spencer, a graduate of Naples High School, played football for the University of Miami and the Atlanta

Falcons. Both can often be found mentoring the youth, sharing with them their life experiences. They engage the youth both mentally and physically, organizing basketball and football pickup games on Youth Haven’s 18.5-acre therapeutic campus.

“Youth Haven is committed to making transformational changes in the lives of the youth that arrive at our campus. Laquentin, Culmer, and Spencer, are incredible male role models that our youth look up to during an extremely vulnerable period of their lives. Their positive outlooks and dependability make them strong male role models, and we’re grateful they are part of our team,” said Linda Goldfield, Youth Haven CEO.

Youth Haven views challenges as opportunities to help 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. To learn more, visit youthhavenswfl.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.

Youth Haven SWFL Youth Shelter

YOUTH HAVEN, INC. ANNOUNCES 2023-2024 FUNDRAISING EVENTS

Naples, Fl (June 14, 2023). Youth Haven, Inc. has announced its upcoming events for the 2023-2024 season. All events will help provide Home, Hope, and Healing to the abused and neglected children and teens of Southwest Florida.

Uncorked will be held Friday, October 13, 2023, at The Club at Mediterra from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. The eighth annual event, chaired by Charlie Miller and Jacqui Resop, is a “resort chic” wine pairing event with delicious food and drinks, music, a silent auction, and more. The media sponsor is Gulfshore Life. Individual tickets are $200.

Healing Youth will be held Wednesday, November 1, 2023, at Sea Salt from 11:30 am 1:00 pm. For a third year in a row, Sea Salt owners Ingrid and Chef Fabrizio have opened their doors to host a luncheon benefitting Youth Haven’s children and teens. The luncheon will feature Keynote Speaker Christina Meredith, author of the best-selling book, CinderGirl: My Journey Out of the Ashes to a Life of Hope. The media sponsor is Gulfshore Life. Individual tickets are $175.

Cherish the Children returns to The Ritz-Carlton Naples, Tiburón, on Wednesday, January 17, 2024, starting at 11:00 am. The Cherish the Children luncheon offers an engaging opportunity to learn more about the programs that help to create transformational change in the lives of our children and teens. Event Co-chairs: Trina Mostyn and Jen Porter, Honorary Chairs: Dr. Richard Lublin and Christine Lublin. The luncheon will feature keynote speaker Steve Pemberton, best-selling author of The Lighthouse Effect. The media sponsor is Naples Illustrated. Individual tickets are $300.

Starry Nights will occur on Saturday, March 23, 2024, at Ritz-Carlton Naples, Tiburón from 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm. Join us for Starry Nights, a mesmerizing evening celebrating Youth Haven featuring a cocktail reception, dinner, live entertainment, dancing, a silent auction, and more! We hope you join us for this enchanting evening where every child of Youth Haven is a star! Event Chairs are Ingrid Aielli, Beverly Fanning, Rufino Hernandez, and Brenda Melton; Honorary Chairs are Amy & John. TV Personality, Courtney Hansen, is also returning as the event emcee. The media sponsor is Gulfshore Life. Individual tickets are $500.

Founded in 1972 and in continuous operation for over 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.

“We are thrilled to announce our 2023-2024 fundraising events,” said Linda Goldfield, Youth Haven’s Chief Executive Officer. “We hope you can join us to support the local abused and neglected children that depend on Youth Haven. Together, we can continue to provide transformational changes and ensure a brighter, better future for the children and teens in our care.”

For sponsorship opportunities for Youth Haven’s events, please visit youthhavenswfl.org/events/

For customized sponsorship opportunities or for any questions, please contact Michele Rubin, Events Manager, at (239) 687-5163 or Michele.Rubin@YouthHavenSWFL.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.

Youth Haven SWFL Youth Shelter

DONORS FUND TRIP TO WALT DISNEY WORLD FOR YOUTH HAVEN’S CHILDREN AND TEENS!

Naples, Fl (May 2, 2023).  A surge of excitement and joyous anticipation is evident on Youth Haven’s therapeutic campus as the countdown to Walt Disney World begins. The children and teens at Youth Haven, who have all experienced abuse and neglect, will embark on a journey of a lifetime on Saturday, May 6, 2023. Thanks to the generous donation from Valerie & Arturo Guido, owners of Legno Bastone Wide Plank Flooring of Naples, Florida, the children will board a charter bus for a three-hour ride to the amusement park.

For over 50 years, Youth Haven has been providing Home, Hope, and Healing to these children and teens, many of whom have experienced traumatic situations. The upcoming trip to Disney World is a much-needed escape, and for the majority of them, it will be their first time experiencing the magic of the park. Each child will receive a customized t-shirt, a donated backpack filled with snacks for the day, and spending money to purchase a souvenir from the gift shop.

“It warms my heart to hear the children exclaim with joy, ‘We’re going to Disney World!’,” said Linda Goldfield, Youth Haven’s Chief Executive Officer. “Our team is grateful for the Guidos’ support in making this trip possible. This experience will create memories that will last a lifetime, and we are honored to be able to provide this opportunity for the children and teens in our care.”

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.