ROB SCHEER TO VISIT YOUTH HAVEN

Naples, Fl (October 27, 2022). Youth Haven, Inc. is excited to announce that the keynote speaker of their upcoming Healing Youth luncheon, Rob Scheer, founder and CEO of Comfort Cases, an international non-profit organization that promotes hope and dignity to youth in foster care, will be visiting its therapeutic campus in Naples, FL, on Tuesday, November 1, 2022.

Scheer, a former youth in foster care and author of “A Forever Family: Fostering Change One Child at a Time,” will be visiting to share his personal story and inspiring message with Youth Haven’s children and teens.

Healing Youth, scheduled for Wednesday, November 2, 2022 at Sea Salt, will support the programs and services that improve the lives of abused and neglected children and teens residing at Youth Haven.

“We are thrilled that Rob Scheer will be visiting our campus to speak with our children and teens,” said Linda Goldfield, Youth Haven’s Chief Executive Officer. “It’s an amazing opportunity for our youth to learn from someone that has been through similar experiences.”

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

About Rob Scheer
At any given time, there are approximately 437,000 youth in foster care in the United States. An estimated 700 children enter the system each day, and most arrive with little more than the clothes on their backs. Those who do have belongings are often given a trash bag in which to pack up and carry their life’s treasures.

Rob Scheer experienced this indignity firsthand. Over forty years ago, he entered foster care and walked up to his foster home carrying a tattered and torn trash bag. He aged out of foster care at the age of 18, became homeless, and again carried his possessions in a trash bag.

After serving in the military and moving on to have a successful career as a banker, Rob, along with his husband Reece, decided to grow their family by adopting from the foster care system. Eleven years ago, four of his children arrived on his doorstep with their belongings in trash bags. Rob was floored. How, after forty years, were children in the foster care system still carrying their things in a bag used for trash?

Rob and his family decided it was time to change this practice and the idea for Comfort Cases was born. With the vision of assembling backpacks filled with comfort and personal care items to deliver to local DCFS, the Scheer family invited their community to pack some cases. The first Packing Party was held in December of 2013 and shortly thereafter Comfort Cases was established as an official 501(c)3.

Since being founded in 2013, Comfort Cases has been featured on The Ellen Show, The Today Show, The View, and NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, just to name a few. In 2017, an Upworthy video featuring Comfort Cases received over 150 million views and in 2018 Rob Scheer was named one of CNN’s Heroes. Rob and Reece Scheer are also featured in Bryce Dallas Howard’s documentary film Dads on AppleTV+.

Rob is the host of Fostering Change, a weekly audio and video podcast that brings in guests of prominence who discuss issues regarding foster care, adoption, LGBTQ+ and other timely and topical issues. Now in its 4th year, Fostering Change has been ranked the #1 Podcast for Adoption and Foster Care issues for two consecutive years.

The author of A Forever Family: Fostering Change One Child at a Time, Rob’s memoir tells the inspiring story of his journey from foster care to foster parent and his drive to rebuild a broken system.

To date, more than 185,000 Comfort Cases® and Comfort XL duffel bags have been distributed to children in foster care in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and now in the United Kingdom, with Comfort CasesUK launched in 2022. Rob’s ultimate goal is for every youth to receive a Comfort Case® upon entering foster care.

In May, 2022, Rob received an Honorary Doctoral Degree, a Doctorate of Humane Letters, from Lynn University, where he also delivered the commencement speech.

Rob lives in Maryland with his husband Reece, their five children and multiple pets including dogs, goats, chickens and a pig named Penelope.

For more information about Comfort Cases, please visit: www.comfortcases.org. You can follow Comfort Cases on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tik Tok and LinkedIn.

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’S 7TH ANNUAL UNCORKED PLANNED AT THE CLUB AT MEDITERRA

Naples, Fl (October 13, 2022). After a three-year hiatus due to the pandemic, Youth Haven is thrilled to share that its seventh Annual Uncorked is back! Please save the date and plan to join us on Friday, November 18, 2022, at The Club at Mediterra located at 15755 Corso Mediterra Circle in Naples, Florida.

Originally scheduled to occur at the Mediterra Beach Club in Bonita Springs, Uncorked’s location was moved to Mediterra’s beautiful Golf & Country Club after Hurricane Ian damaged its beach club.

Uncorked is a “resort chic” wine pairing event with delicious food and drinks, incredible music, a silent auction, and more. Also available is a raffle for a lady’s ruby and diamond ring set in a traditional Princess Diane style. The stunning jewelry donated by LoveJoy Antiques, is valued at $15,500.

Youth Haven 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, or homelessness. Its 18.5-acre therapeutic campus in Naples offers programming that addresses the trauma experienced and helps them heal by providing innovative therapies, normalizing experiences, and therapeutic environments that assist with their healing journey.

The Uncorked committee consists of:
Co-chairs: Erin Brahms and Evelyn McKoan
Committee members: Lacey Auston, Ana Oates, and PearAivey Street

“We’re very excited about our upcoming Uncorked event,” said Linda Goldfield, Youth Haven’s CEO. “We hope you can join us in creating transformational changes for the children and teens that rely on Youth Haven for Home, Hope, and Healing.”

Winery Sponsor: Far Niente
Master Sommelier Sponsor: Lovejoy Antiques
Media Sponsor: Gulfshore Life
Entertainment: Old 41

Individual tickets, sponsorship opportunities, and raffle tickets are available for purchase at youthhavenswfl.org/events/event-uncorked. For event questions, contact Michele Rubin at 239-774-2904 or Michele.Rubin@YouthHavenSWFL.org.

For media inquiries, 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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Creating a Therapeutic, Healing Environment

Daily I am left speechless by the resilience of our children. Many are born into desperate situations that could derail their future, from a ten-year-old girl whose grandfather repeatedly molested her to a thirteen-year-old boy whose parents abandoned him at our campus gates. Our staff works tirelessly to create a therapeutic, healing environment where children can move beyond their past to a brighter future. Helping them to acknowledge the good in their lives is one of the first steps. Their loving and nurturing care at Youth Haven cannot negate the trauma, abuse, and neglect they have suffered. And helping them to connect to the world at large through meaningful experiences, normalcy, and healthy relationships with caring adults helps our children make space for joy and gratitude. After the hurricane, our children were involved in clean-up and found the experience rewarding. Monthly our children are giving back to the community that has given so much to them—creating happiness, building stronger relationships, and the skills to deal with adversity. I am honored to be even a small part of their lives and growth, and I thank you for providing us with the funding for our programs that create transformational change in our youth.

Donor Spotlight – October 2022 Newsletter

We are so grateful for the individuals and organizations who have donated meals to our foster care youth during our search for a Culinary Coordinator & Chef. These nutritious and delicious meals not only nourished their bodies, but also provided a sense of community and support. We would like to give a special thank you to our community partners for their generous contributions. Your kindness truly makes a difference in the lives of our youth!

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  • Amy Pulisfico
  • Artichoke & Company
  • Barbatella
  • BCN Paellas Family Meals
  • Campiello
  • Carrabba’s
  • Chef Mussa Bey
  • Circle C Farms
  • Dominick Pizza
  • Fire & Rice
  • Foxboro Sports Tavern
  • Jeannie Barry
  • Jen Dant
  • Jeremiah’s Italian Ice
  • Jewban’s Deli
  • Jodi Bisogno
  • Kelly Jean
  • Kimberly Key
  • Lee & Bud Willis
  • Michelbob’s Championship Ribs & Steaks
  • Nancy Peck & Jerry Holicek
  • Ocean Church
  • Parmesan Pete’s
  • Rita’s Italian Ice & Frozen Custard
  • Sage Catering
  • Seaside Bar & Grill
  • St. Matthew’s House
  • The Player’s Club & Spa
  • Trevor Smith Memorial Foundation
  • Tricia Leite & Family

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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