YOUTH HAVEN, INC. AWARDED $20,000 IN COVID-19 RELIEF FUNDS FROM RICHARD M. SCHULZE FAMILY FOUNDATION

Naples, FL (June 9, 2020)

Youth Haven, Inc. is pleased to announce they’re a recipient of $20,000 in COVID-19 emergency relief funds from the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation.

The funds received will help cover the unexpected financial hardships that Youth Haven has encountered at the result of the pandemic. The need to increase youth care worker staff due Florida’s stay-at-home order and transition to virtual learning, keeping our children and teens on campus 24 hours a day, as well as the need to purchase additional food, necessities and cleaning supplies all put a strain on Youth Haven’s budget. In addition, Youth Haven’s annual spring charity golf tournament, previously scheduled for April 14, 2020, was cancelled due to social distancing regulations.

Despite these unexpected occurrences, Youth Haven continues to be committed to doing whatever is necessary to provide our children and teens with the same level of exemplary care that they deserve. With the pandemic affecting everyone, Youth Haven is even more grateful for the support they have received so its children and teens know that they are protected and cared for, especially in these difficult times.

According to a letter that Youth Haven received, to date, the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation’s Board of Trustees has approved over $8 million in COVID-19 emergency relief funds to organizations across their geographic focus areas of Southwest Florida and the Twin Cities metropolitan region in Minnesota.

“The Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation’s COVID-19 emergency relief funds will provide just that for Youth Haven…relief. The unexpected expenses we have accrued have been challenging; however, the support we are receiving is so needed and so appreciated,” said Jinx Liggett, Executive Director. “We’re extremely grateful for the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation’s generosity.”

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 www.youthhavenswfl.org, like our Facebook page, follow us on Twitter, and Instagram.

TURK & TURK TO SUPPORT YOUTH HAVEN

Naples, FL (June 1, 2020)

Turk & Turk recently announced a promotion to support Youth Haven. Between now and Labor Day, September 7, 2020, make a purchase at Turk & Turk (with the exception of their facemasks) through this designated link (https://turkandturk.com/?ref=zXq345WIHF-G ) and 10% will be donated to Youth Haven! Turk & Turk, based in local Florida, offers designer accessories where each luxurious piece blurs the line between a work of art and a wearable piece.

“Turk & Turk is so excited for this promotion and we’re looking forward to supporting Youth Haven,” said Ilkay Turk, founder of Turk &Turk Miami.

“We’re so grateful for Turk & Turk’s support in helping us raise funds for the children and teens that call Youth Haven home. We really do have amazing community partners,” said Jinx Liggett, Youth Haven Executive Director.

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 www.youthhavenswfl.org, like our Facebook page, follow us on Twitter, and Instagram.

YOUTH HAVEN CELEBRATES ITS SIX GRADUATES

Naples, FL (May 29, 2020)

Youth Haven is excited to introduce its six teens that are graduating from high school this year! These amazing individuals have overcome so many obstacles to achieve this goal. While they definitely did not anticipate the end of their high school career to occur in the midst of a pandemic, they all have positive attitudes and are looking forward to a bright future! Meet our Class of 2020:

  • Lamar will be graduating from Palmetto Ridge High School and hopes to become a Professional Gamer and IT Technician. He loved his Animation classes and believes that “Familiar paths end at the edge of your comfort zone…” (quote by Holly Jennings).
  • Merci is graduating from Golden Gate High School with hopes of being in Early Education. She plans to one day own a Day Care Center. Her favorite high school memory was playing sports and she loved her math classes.
  • Mitchy is graduating from Lorenzo Walker Technical High School with the goal of becoming a Registered Nurse. She’d like to work in the Pediatrics field and help children. While at Lorenzo, she loved her nursing classes, clinicals and lunches with friends.
  • Nathan is graduating from Lorenzo Walker Technical High School and hopes to become a Drafting Architect. His favorite school memory was getting accepted into the Drafting program and his favorite class was Art. He lives by the following quote by Luffy – “Power isn’t determined by your size, but by the size of your heart and dreams”.
  • Vonte will be graduating from Golden Gate High School and hopes to continue playing football and also become a Computer Engineer. He loved his Math & Science classes and his favorite school memory was his first day of high school.
  • Yadira will be graduating from Collier County Public School Adult Education. She completed her studies all while working part-time!

To support our teens in their future endeavors and help each of our graduates with housing, books, and supplies to ensure their first year after high school is a successful one, you can make an online donation by visiting https://bit.ly/2AaRTfX

You can also send a greeting card, gift card or monetary donation for our graduates to:
Youth Haven
Attn: Graduate
5867 Whitaker Rd.
Naples, FL 34112

“We’re so proud of our six graduating teens as they reach this exciting milestone in their lives. These teens are determined, dedicated and simply amazing individuals and we’re excited to see what their future holds,” said Jinx Liggett, Youth Haven Executive Director.

Youth Haven’s 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 our homeless teens a safe and caring environment, a place to sleep, educational support, nutritious meals, and medical and mental health services. We also provide structured Case Management with the expectation of working toward self-sufficiency. Goals are set at intake and we have a weekly case review to monitor the progress of each goal. The program focuses on high school graduation, job readiness, preparing for higher education, and strengthening community connections.

For additional information, please contact Laura Lafakis, Development Manager, at 239-687-5175 or Laura.Lafakis@youthhavenswfl.org.

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 www.youthhavenswfl.org, like our Facebook page, follow us on Twitter, and Instagram.

UNITED WAY OF COLLIER COUNTY AWARDS $65,000 GRANT TO YOUTH HAVEN

Naples, FL (May 12, 2020)

Youth Haven, Inc. is pleased to announce they’re a recipient of a $65,000 grant from the United Way of Collier County.

The funds received will benefit Youth Haven’s Rapid Re-Housing program which supports teenagers ages 16 -19 that reside in our cottage for homeless teens, Rob’s Group Home, as they leave our program and advance into transitional living or student housing. The Rapid Rehousing program is critical in preventing teens transitioning out of Rob’s Group Home and the foster care system from becoming homeless.

“The United Way of Collier County’s extremely generous gift will allow us to continue to enhance our Rapid Re-Housing program at Youth Haven. These funds will help ensure that all our teenagers have a place to call home once they exit our program,” said Jinx Liggett, Executive Director. “We’re extremely thankful for this donation and thank the United Way of Collier County for their support.”

If you have any questions, please contact Laura Lafakis at 239-687-5175 or Laura.Lafakis@youthhavenswfl.org.

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 www.youthhavenswfl.org, like our Facebook page, follow us on Twitter, and Instagram.

YOUTH HAVEN RECOGNIZES YOUTH CARE WORKERS

Naples, FL (May 7, 2020)

In honor of “Thank a Youth Worker Day” on Thursday, May 7, 2020, Youth Haven recognizes its Youth Care Workers for outstanding working during the pandemic. Youth Haven’s Youth Care Workers have been working around the clock to continue to bring a sense of normalcy to its children and teens during the COVID-19 pandemic. With 73 beds on campus requiring 24-hour care, our Youth Care Workers provide supervision of children and teens in residence, consistency and structure in daily routines, and overall duties necessary for the care and well-being of the children, many of whom have suffered trauma and have behavioral challenges. In addition to their daily responsibilities, our Youth Care Workers have also assisted with the children and teens’ virtual learning, ensuring that they stay on top of school expectations and requirements and plan therapeutic and fun activities for the children and teens after their virtual learning has been completed.

“Our Youth Care Workers have been absolutely incredible adapting to the ‘new normal’. At Youth Haven, we always strive to provide our children and teens with a sense of normalcy. We could not achieve this goal without our dedicated and committed Youth Care Workers,” said Jinx Liggett, Youth Haven Executive Director.

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

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 www.youthhavenswfl.org, like our Facebook page, follow us on Twitter, and Instagram.

YOUTH HAVEN TO PARTICIPATE IN GIVING TUESDAY NOW

Naples, FL (May 5, 2020)

Youth Haven will be participating in Giving Tuesday Now, a global day of giving and generosity in response to COVID-19, on Tuesday, May 5, 2020. Normally celebrated the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, Giving Tuesday has become Giving Tuesday Now to encourage the world to come together in a show of unity to support those that have been affected by the pandemic.

The unexpected need to increase staff and purchase additional food and other necessities has put a strain Youth Haven’s budget; however, the organization is committed to doing whatever is necessary to provide the same level of exemplary care to our children and teens. With the pandemic affecting everyone, Youth Haven is even more grateful for the support they have received so its children and teens know that they are protected and cared for, especially in these difficult times. To support Youth Haven on Giving Tuesday Now, visit HERE.

“Our children and teens have been severely traumatized and we strive to provide them with a sense of normalcy in their lives,” said Jinx Liggett, Youth Haven Executive Director. “We’re happy to participate in Giving Tuesday Now to help support those that depend on Youth Haven for HOME, HOPE & HEALING.”

If you have any questions, please contact Laura Lafakis at 239-687-5175 or Laura.Lafakis@youthhavenswfl.org.

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 www.youthhavenswfl.org, like our Facebook page, follow us on Twitter, and Instagram.

YOUTH HAVEN TO GO BLUE ON 4/28

Naples, FL (April 22, 2020)

Join us on Tuesday, April 28th and wear something BLUE in honor of April’s Child Abuse Prevention Month. All of the children & teens that come to Youth Haven have been abused, abandoned or neglected; let’s show that we’re united in preventing child abuse by wearing blue, taking a photo/selfie and either posting it on our social media pages or posting on your personal pages and tag us. Please use the hashtag #youthhavenswflgoesblue. For more info or to make a donation to Youth Haven in honor of this day, please visit https://youthhavenswfl.org/

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 www.youthhavenswfl.org, like our Facebook page, follow us on Twitter, and Instagram.

YOUTH HAVENS OFFERS VIRTUAL YOGA

Naples, FL (April 17, 2020)

With 73 beds for children and teens ages 6 – 19 that have been removed from their home due to abuse, abandonment, neglect or are homeless, Youth Haven has been offering yoga classes on its therapeutic campus since November 2013. The classes are taught by volunteers Gina Monteiro, Victoria Moore and Skylar Rosas. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Youth Haven closed its campus to all outside visitors but found a way to continue its weekly yoga session through virtual classes. The virtual classes allow the instructors to provide positive insights and guide the students into proper pose alignment with verbal cues and on-screen demonstrations.

Many of the children that arrive at Youth Haven are traumatized, in need of immediate counseling and a place where they feel safe. Our Yoga program is an extension of our therapy program. All classes include breath work, guided relaxation, positive affirmations to replace negative thinking, and yoga postures for balance, strength, flexibility, and focus.

The classes are fun and age appropriate. In a recent virtual class for our elementary school-aged children, the teachers wore silly hats and practiced bunny breath, bumblebee breath, snake breath, and elephant breath together. Yoga class should be a fun time for them and the instructors encourage them to express themselves creatively in class.

When asked why it’s important that they continue with the yoga classes during this time, Gina Monteiro responded, “We feel that yoga is a practice, and one must continue the practice to evolve.  We share with the students that when we are on our mats we are practicing respecting ourselves as well as others. On our mats we are practicing the choice for peace, love, positivity, and courage. In yoga we choose connection and community instead of fear and separation.  The world is practicing isolation right now, but isolation does not need to mean separation. We come together to practice as a community, and if that means going virtual to continue our yoga together then we are all for it!”

“Our children and teens have been severely traumatized and we strive to provide them with a sense of normalcy in their lives,” said Jinx Liggett, Youth Haven Executive Director. “We’re so grateful that we have found a way to continue our yoga classes virtually and our volunteer yoga instructors are committed making this transition successful. Yoga is such an instrumental part of our therapeutic campus and our kids simply love the classes!”

If you have any questions, please contact Laura Lafakis at 239-687-5175 or Laura.Lafakis@youthhavenswfl.org.

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 www.youthhavenswfl.org, like our Facebook page, follow us on Twitter, and Instagram.

THE HUNGER & HOMELESS COALITION OF COLLIER COUNTY SUPPORTS YOUTH HAVEN

Naples, FL (April 15, 2020)

With the launch of virtual learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Youth Haven ran into a shortage of computers for the children and teens that call Youth Haven home. Upon learning of Youth Haven’s obstacles, The Hunger & Homeless Coalition of Collier County provided a solution by purchasing 30 new laptops for Youth Haven’s children and teens. The laptops will be used for both virtual learning and other academic reasons. With beds for up to 73 children and teens that have been removed from their homes due to abuse, abandonment or neglect, 16 of those designated for homeless teenagers (Rob’s Group Home), this donation will allow each child to successfully meet their education requirements in a timely manner.

Michael Overway, Hunger & Homeless Coalition of Collier County Executive Director, stated, “I wanted to make sure our children have the tools to succeed during these difficult times. Hunger & Homeless Coalition of Collier County is donating to our wonderful Collier County’s Continuum of Care partner!”

“We’re so grateful for the donation of laptops so our children and teens can be successful in their virtual learning endeavors,” said Jinx Liggett, Youth Haven Executive Director. “The Hunger & Homeless Coalition of Collier County is an amazing partner!”

If you have any questions, please contact Laura Lafakis at 239-687-5175 or Laura.Lafakis@youthhavenswfl.org.

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 www.youthhavenswfl.org, like our Facebook page, follow us on Twitter, and Instagram.

Youth Haven Participates in CFCC’s Zoom Project

April 15, 2020  The Community Foundation of Collier County recently organized a project requesting Collier County nonprofits come together to provide some of their favorite images to be used as backgrounds for Zoom meetings! Youth Haven was excited to participate in this project and feature images of their animal-assisted therapy dogs, Houston and Champ, their campus and a happy child. Our backgrounds are available for download below:

MCNALLY SUPPORTS YOUTH HAVEN

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 Laura.Lafakis@youthhavenswfl.org.

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 www.youthhavenswfl.org, like our Facebook page, follow us on Twitter, and Instagram.

EASTER BUNNY VISITS YOUTH HAVEN THANKS TO COMMUNITY SUPPORT

Naples, FL (April 13, 2020)

While Covid-19 has delayed many things, one thing that was unaffected was the Easter Bunny finding the time to visit the children and teens of Youth Haven. With the help of our community partners at Talis Park, TwinEagles Cares Club, STARability Foundation and Waterside Shops, the children and teens of Youth Haven woke up on Sunday, April 12th to Easter baskets full of fun activities, trinkets and candy. Later in the day, they participated in a massive Easter Egg hunt on our 24-acre campus.

“Our children and teens have been severely traumatized and we strive to provide them with a sense of normalcy in their lives,” said Jinx Liggett, Youth Haven Executive Director. “Thanks to the donations of our caring community members, our youth were able to enjoy the fun spirit of the holiday and take their minds off the current situation. We are grateful to everyone who donated to make this Easter extra special for all of our children and teens.”

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

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 www.youthhavenswfl.org, like our Facebook page, follow us on Twitter, and Instagram.