Naples, FL (April 14, 2020)

Youth Haven recently received a donation of 30 pizzas from California Pizza Kitchen to feed its children and teens and the staff that cares for them. The donation was arranged by Madison McNally in partnership with the Waterside Shops. McNally is the cofounder and program director of the Trailblazer Academy at the STARability Foundation. A member of Young Professionals of Naples and Associate Leadership Collier’s class of 2020, McNally has also been featured in Gulfshore Business magazine’s 40 under 40.

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

“We’re so grateful for the outpouring of support we have received for our children and teens from supporters such as Madison McNally and Waterside Shops. The donation of food for our kids and the staff that cares for them is so appreciated. Youth Haven is their home where they’re protected, cared for, and a place where their healing begins,” said Jinx Liggett, Youth Haven Executive Director.

Photo Caption: Youth Haven’s Chef, Pedro Velez, with the Waterside food donation.

If you have any questions or would like to support Youth Haven, please contact Laura Lafakis, Development Manager, at 239-687-5175 or

About Youth Haven

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

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