YOUTH HAVEN, INC. ANNOUNCES 2022 – 2023 BOARD OF DIRECTORS SLATE

Naples, Fl (August 9, 2022).

Youth Haven, Inc. is pleased to announce the return of Denise Murphy as President of their 2022 – 2023 Board of Directors for the second consecutive year.

Murphy is the General Manager at The Players Club & Spa, an affiliate of Stock Development. An avid volunteer in the community and a strong supporter of education, Murphy also serves as Vice-Chair of the Champions for Learning program. She graduated from the 2015 GAIN program with the Chamber of Commerce, a Leadership Collier Alumni. She was honored by the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce Leadership Collier Foundation as the 2017 Volunteer of the Year. In addition, Murphy was recognized for being a Distinguished Volunteer from Youth Haven in 2018.

Youth Haven 2022 – 2023 Board of Director Officers

  • Denise Murphy, President
  • Christina Linaberry, 1st Vice President
  • Jennifer Porter, 2nd Vice President
  • Lynda Waterhouse, Treasurer
  • Trina Mostyn, Secretary

 

Youth Haven 2022 – 2023 Board of Director Members 

  • Gregg Agens
  • Ingrid Aielli
  • Colonel Jim Bloom
  • Sue Brousseau
  • Robert Kiffney
  • Pamela Lundborg
  • Jill Miller
  • Jen Mitchell
  • Amy Novakovich
  • Andres Paz
  • Mike Prioletti
  • Lee Willis

“We’re thrilled to announce our 2022 – 2023 Board of Directors slate,” said Linda Goldfield, Youth Haven CEO. “Our board’s support, commitment, and visionary leadership will ensure we continue to meet the growing demands of our 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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YOUTH HAVEN, INC. AWARDED GRANT FROM EMPTY BOWLS NAPLES

Naples, Fl (July 28, 2022). Youth Haven, Inc. is pleased to announce they received a $10,000 grant from Empty Bowls Naples to support its Food and Nutrition Services Program. The funding will be used to purchase food for its youth.

Youth Haven, located in Naples, Florida, is Southwest Florida’s only emergency and 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 innovative therapies, normalizing experiences, and therapeutic environments that assist with their healing journey. The children and teens that arrive to Youth Haven’s 18.5-acre therapeutic campus come from traumatic situations. Many are malnourished, obese, or suffer from food insecurity.

Empty Bowls Naples enlists the creative talents of local potters, artists, educators, students, and volunteers to create handcrafted, painted bowls that contribute to its annual event to raise money and awareness in the fight against hunger. Net proceeds of their annual event, held each January in Cambier Park, fund the Empty Bowls Naples Inc. Grant Program. This program distributes funds to local non-profit organizations supporting their mission to “create awareness and eliminate hunger in our communities “ONE BOWL at a time.”

“We are honored to have been selected as a recipient of grant funding from Empty Bowls Naples,” said Linda Goldfield, Youth Haven Chief Executive Officer. “Their support will allow Youth Haven to continue to meet and exceed our youth’s nutritional 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. ANNOUNCES PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Naples, Fl (July 7, 2022). Youth Haven, Inc. is pleased to announce the appointment of Jennifer Dant as their Program Director.

Jennifer brings with her over 35 years of healthcare and human services experience. Before joining Youth Haven, Jennifer served as a Psychiatric Registered Nurse, Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner/Director of Patient Services, Director of Religious Education, and Board Certified Healthcare Chaplain. Her certifications include USF Trauma & Resilience – Level 1 certified, Critical Incident & Debrief trained, and Heal Historical Trauma Specialist – Level 1.

At Youth Haven, as Program Director, Jennifer is responsible for all aspects of Youth Haven’s programs that create transformational change in its children and teens.

Founded in 1972, Youth Haven provides Home, Hope, and Healing to abused and neglected children and teens in Southwest FloridaYouth 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.

On a personal note, Jennifer has three adult children and two golden doodles. She enjoys attending blues concerts with her spouse, reading, vegetable gardening, kayaking, and a good nap.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Jennifer Dant to Youth Haven,” said Linda Goldfield, Youth Haven CEO. “She is an excellent communicator, and her calming presence allows her to defuse and manage emergent situations. Jennifer’s experience makes her an excellent addition to Youth Haven!”

To contact Jennifer, please call 239-687-5155 or email Jennifer.Dant@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 GRANT FROM COLLIER COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

Naples, Fl (July 7, 2022).

Youth Haven, Inc. is pleased to announce they received a $35,000 grant from the Collier Community Foundation and other generous anonymous donors. The funds received will support Youth Haven’s Food and Nutrition Services Program.

The children and teens that arrive to Youth Haven’s 18.5-acre therapeutic campus come from traumatic situations. Many are malnourished, obese, or suffer from food insecurity. This funding will allow us to purchase an assortment of necessary food items to fulfill our goal of offering healthy, consistent meals for our youth.

Youth Haven, located in Naples, Florida, is Southwest Florida’s only emergency and 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 the Collier Community Foundation,” said Linda Goldfield, Youth Haven Chief Executive Officer. “With their support, Youth Haven can continue to meet and exceed our vulnerable youth’s nutritional 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.

About the Collier Community Foundation
The Community Foundation of Collier County, DBA Collier Community Foundation™, is a tax-exempt, public, charitable organization established in 1985 to increase and focus on local private philanthropy. Today, the Collier Community Foundation manages more than 850 funds, works with hundreds of nonprofits, holds $274.4 million in assets, and has granted over $255.6 million to nonprofit organizations, community programs, and scholarships. The Collier Community Foundation is one of Florida’s fastest-growing community foundations. Informed giving. Powerful results.™ Learn more at colliercf.org or call 239-649-5000.

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YOUTH HAVEN, INC. AWARDED GRANT FROM THE RICHARD M. SCHULZE FAMILY FOUNDATION

Naples, Fl (June 20, 2022).

Youth Haven, Inc. is pleased to announce they received a $75,000 grant from the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation.

The generous funding received will be used to support Youth Haven’s Safety and Security Program. Youth Haven is committed to keeping the children and teens dependent on Youth Haven for Home, Hope, and Healing safe and protected. The youth that arrive to our campus come from traumatic situations and are in dire need of healing and ensuring they are safe is the first step. Due to increased development around our once remote therapeutic campus and the increase in human trafficking, the need to enhance our security systems is needed.

Keeping our campus safe and secure allows our team to focus on what is essential: helping at-risk youth begin their healing process to handle their trauma. 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.

The Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation (RMSFF) was created in 2004 by Best Buy founder, Dick Schulze, to give back to the communities where Dick and his family grew up — in Minnesota, where he built Best Buy to become the world’s largest consumer electronics retailer and in Florida, where he now maintains a permanent residence. Schulze and his family believe that a good education, a supportive family and a strong work ethic prepare children for a successful future. To support that belief, we support organizations operating in the areas of human & social services, education, including college and early learning scholarship awards and health & medicine.1

“We’re so grateful for the generous support from the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation.,” said Linda Goldfield, Youth Haven Chief Executive Officer. “With their support, Youth Haven will be able to enhance our therapeutic campus, allowing us to continue to provide our youth with a safe place to live, sleep, learn, and heal.”

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

  1. https://www.schulzefamilyfoundation.org/home/about_us/

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, Youth Haven provides programs that create transformational change in our youth.


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 ANNOUNCES FAIRWAYS FOR THE FUTURE GOLF TOURNAMENT

Naples, Fl (June 13, 2022). Youth Haven, Inc. is excited to announce its upcoming 34th Annual Fairways for the Future Golf Tournament after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The golf tournament will offer two days to participate as we honor 50 years of Youth Haven’s life-saving programs! Both tournaments, Co-Chaired by Mary Molter Cohen & Mary Pat Salomone, will support abused and neglected children and teens that depend on Youth Haven for Home, Hope & Healing. The money raised goes to support the therapeutic programs that provide transformative change in traumatized youth.

Cohen and Salomone shared, “We’re honored to serve as Co-Chairs as we celebrate Youth Haven’s 50th Anniversary of offering a safe harbor for children and teens in Southwest Florida. The Fairways for the Future event allows us to raise awareness for Youth Haven while raising vital financial support. All golfers are invited to participate.”

The tournaments will be hosted at two of the most prestigious golf courses in Naples, Florida, well-known as the “Golf Capital of the World”.

 

Monday, October 3, 2022
Talis Park Golf Club
16665 Toscana Circle, Naples, FL 34110
8:30 am Shotgun Start

 

Wednesday, October 5, 2022
Grey Oaks Country Club – Pine Course
2400 Grey Oaks Dr N, Naples, FL 34105
8:45 am Shotgun Start

Each day of golf includes 18 holes of golf, cart & greens fees, range, entry into on-course golf contests, one raffle ticket, awards luncheon & player gift. A helicopter ball drop will be available at each golf tournament for $100/ball. Ball closest to the flag wins 50/50 cash prize, up to $5,000!  Cost to participate in each tournament is $500/Individual and $2,000/Foursome.  Interested players are encouraged to register immediately to guarantee participation in the limited fields (120 players maximum per course) based on the favorable reception encountered to date.

Sponsorship opportunities are also available with and without golf play. To view the opportunities, register, and purchase your helicopter ball drop ticket, please visit https://youthhavenswfl.org/events/fairways-for-the-future/ or contact Michele Rubin, Youth Haven’s Event Coordinator at 239-774-2904 or Michele.Rubin@YouthHavenSWFL.org.

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, Youth Haven provides programs that create transformational change in our youth.

“We’re thrilled our upcoming Fairways for the Future golf tournaments and hope you can join us as we celebrate Youth Haven’s 50th year anniversary with two events for double the awareness!” said Linda Goldfield, Youth Haven Chief Executive Officer.


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 $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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