YOUTH HAVEN, INC. AWARDED $5,000 GRANT FROM THE NAPLES GARDEN CLUB

Naples, FL (April 9, 2021)

Youth Haven, Inc. is pleased to announce they’re a recipient of a $5,000 grant from the Naples Garden Club.

The Naples Garden Club’s mission provides opportunities for sharing and learning about horticulture, floral design and the environment in a congenial, supportive atmosphere.

Aligned with their mission, the funds received will allow Youth Haven to implement indoor plants in all of their cottages. Studies have shown that plants provide numerous therapeutic benefits including improved concentration and increased productivity. They also reduce stress levels, while boosting moods. The funds will also support Youth Haven’s life-skills classes, namely healthy cooking sessions, and provide our youth with opportunities to visit local gardens to learn more about nature.

in 1972, Youth Haven supports children and teens ages 6 -19 that have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect, abandonment or are homeless. Youth 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. Our 25-acre therapeutic campus houses over 70 youth with a waking staff system that allows for around-the-clock specialized care.

“We’re so grateful to be a recipient of this grant. Thank you to the Naples Garden Club for supporting our endeavor of introducing the benefits of nature to Youth Haven’s children & teens as part of their healing process.” says Linda Goldfield, Youth Haven’s Executive Director.


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 boys and girls ages 6 – 18 who have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect, or abandonment. In continuous operation since 1972, Youth Haven’s 25-acre therapeutic campus houses over 70 youth with a waking staff system that allows for around-the-clock specialized care. Also situated on its campus is Rob’s Group Home, Youth Haven’s transitional living cottage, which provides comprehensive 24-hour care, with a longer average length of stay, for homeless unaccompanied teenagers ages 16 -19. Youth Haven is a COA nationally accredited organization, a member agency of the United Way of Collier County, a Naples Children & Education Foundation grant recipient, and holds a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator. Its mission is focused on protecting and empowering children and teens in Southwest Florida through comprehensive care and community collaboration. For more information, please visit youthhavenswfl.org or call 239-774-2904. Follow Youth Haven on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

 

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

Naples, FL (April 8, 2021)

Youth Haven, Inc. is pleased to welcome Andres Paz to their Board of Directors, effective March 2021.

Andres Paz is the Chief Experience Officer of AdVenture, a full-service marketing agency based in Bonita Springs, Florida, where he is responsible for the overall experience of the company to customers, prospective customers, employees, and the market. Andres holds a BS Cum Laude from Kean University in Management Science with a concentration in Marketing. In his 14 years of marketing experience, Andres has served as a Marketing Consultant for Fort Myers Broadcasting, Renda Broadcasting, Glades Media and the Media Vista Group.

Andres is committed to making a difference in the Southwest Florida Community. He is a long-time supporter of Youth Haven and has sponsored many fun and enriching outings for the children and teens. In addition to Youth Haven, Andres has led his support to many other organizations, including: Leadership Collier Foundation, Blue Zones Project, American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, City of Bonita Springs Outreach Committee and Junior Achievement.

A proud father to his daughter, Paulina; Andres has been recognized as one of Gulfshore Business’ 40 Under 40 as well as Naples Herald’s 40 Under 40.

“Andres Paz has been a wonderful asset to Youth Haven and we are thrilled that he has joined our Board of Directors,” said Linda Goldfield, Youth Haven’s Executive Director. “His support over the years has had such a positive impact on our children and teens and passion for his community makes him an incredible addition to our Board of Directors.”

Youth Haven 2020 – 2021 Board Members
Youth Haven’s 2020 – 2021 Board Members consists of Brenda O’Connor, President; Denise Murphy, Vice President; Patrick Arnall, Treasurer; Lynda Waterhouse, Secretary; Mary Beth Johns; Amy Novakovich, Christina Linaberry; Pamela Lundborg, Andres Paz, Jennifer Porter, Mike Prioletti and Christopher Raphael.

Honorary Lifetime Trustees
Youth Haven’s Honorary Lifetime Trustees consists of Carol Boyd, Lamar Gable, Lavern N. Gaynor, Frances Pew Hayes and Sheriff Kevin Rambosk.


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 boys and girls ages 6 – 18 who have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect, or abandonment. In continuous operation since 1972, Youth Haven’s 25-acre therapeutic campus houses over 70 youth with a waking staff system that allows for around-the-clock specialized care. Also situated on its campus is Rob’s Group Home, Youth Haven’s transitional living cottage, which provides comprehensive 24-hour care, with a longer average length of stay, for homeless unaccompanied teenagers ages 16 -19. Youth Haven is a COA nationally accredited organization, a member agency of the United Way of Collier County, a Naples Children & Education Foundation grant recipient, and holds a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator. Its mission is focused on protecting and empowering children and teens in Southwest Florida through comprehensive care and community collaboration. For more information, please visit youthhavenswfl.org or call 239-774-2904. Follow Youth Haven on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

 

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

Naples, FL (March 9, 2021)

Youth Haven, Inc. is pleased to welcome Amy Novakovich, CFP®, CRPC®, to their Board of Directors, effective March 2021.

A native of Wisconsin, Amy began her schooling at the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse prior to relocating to Florida in 2004. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in finance and a minor in psychology from Florida Gulf Coast University, Ft. Myers, Florida.

Combining her educational background in finance and psychology, Amy co-founded Nova Wealth Management with her husband, James in 2011, where she is a Wealth Advisor. Prior to establishing their firm, Amy and James began their partnership at Fifth Third Securities servicing clients from Marco Island to Cape Coral. Amy is both a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional (CFP®) and a Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor℠ (CRPC®).

Amy is dedicated to giving back to the local community and has served on several boards and committees all throughout Southwest Florida over the last 15 years. She is currently serving on the Advisory Board for Bonita Springs Charter School and as a volunteer with Path to Freedom. A mother of four children, Amy is also active in her church.

“Youth Haven is honored to have Amy Novakovich join our Board of Directors,” said Linda Goldfield, Youth Haven’s Executive Director. “Amy’s years of professional experience coupled with her dedication to supporting the local community will be a huge benefit to both our organization and the children and teens that depend on Youth Haven for Home, Hope & Healing.”

Youth Haven 2020 – 2021 Board Members
Youth Haven’s 2020 – 2021 Board Members consists of Brenda O’Connor, President; Denise Murphy, Vice President; Patrick Arnall, Treasurer; Lynda Waterhouse, Secretary; Mary Beth Johns; Amy Novakovich, Christina Linaberry; Pamela Lundborg, Andres Paz, Jennifer Porter, Mike Prioletti and Christopher Raphael.


Honorary Lifetime Trustees
Youth Haven’s Honorary Lifetime Trustees consists of Carol Boyd, Lamar Gable, Lavern N. Gaynor, Frances Pew Hayes and Sheriff Kevin Rambosk.


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 boys and girls ages 6 – 18 who have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect, or abandonment. In continuous operation since 1972, Youth Haven’s 25-acre therapeutic campus houses over 70 youth with a waking staff system that allows for around-the-clock specialized care. Also situated on its campus is Rob’s Group Home, Youth Haven’s transitional living cottage, which provides comprehensive 24-hour care, with a longer average length of stay, for homeless unaccompanied teenagers ages 16 -19. Youth Haven is a COA nationally accredited organization, a member agency of the United Way of Collier County, a Naples Children & Education Foundation grant recipient, and holds a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator. Its mission is focused on protecting and empowering children and teens in Southwest Florida through comprehensive care and community collaboration. For more information, please visit youthhavenswfl.org or call 239-774-2904. Follow Youth Haven on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

 

UNITED WAY FUNDS YOUTH HAVEN HOMELESS TEEN’S NEW APARTMENT

Naples, FL (March 9, 2021)

Youth Haven, Inc. is excited to share the success story of Merci, an 18-year-old teen from Rob’s Group Home, Youth Haven’s transitional living cottage for homeless unaccompanied teens. Merci has recently been spotlighted by various media outlets as a recipient of GL Homes’ Good Night’s Sleep initiative which donated funds so she could purchase much-needed household items from St. Matthew’s House thrift store.

However, the first step to making a successful transition to adulthood stemmed from support from the United Way of Collier and the Keys.

In May 2020, Youth Haven was a recipient of a $65,000 grant from the United Way of Collier and the Keys. The funds received benefited Youth Haven’s Rapid Re-Housing Program which supports teens ages 16 -19 that reside in Rob’s Group Home, as they leave the program and advance into transitional living or student housing. The Rapid Re-Housing Program is critical in preventing teens transitioning out of Rob’s Group Home and the foster care system from becoming homeless. Financial assistance is provided as needed for application fees, rent payments, move-in costs, deposits, and utility expenses. Not only does the financial assistance help homeless teens move into housing, but for some, it also encourages them to pursue a college education that will further stabilize them when they are able to earn higher wages upon graduation.

Currently a student at Florida SouthWestern State College, Merci didn’t always have the stable environment she now has. Her high school counsellor recognized her struggles and recommended Youth Haven. While Merci was worried about being labeled “homeless”, she decided to take advantage of the opportunity to change her life. Youth Haven’s Homeless Teen Transitional Living Program and Rob’s Group Home helped her achieve her goal of continuing her education and finding her own apartment through its Rapid Re-Housing Program. After a childhood filled with insecurity, she’s thrilled to be making a successful transition into adulthood. Merci shared, “I’m in the process of making my dreams a reality.”

“It’s truly amazing when you see a donation in fruition. The United Way of Collier and the Key’s extremely generous gift is currently in the process of changing lives,” said Linda Goldfield, Youth Haven Executive Director. “Thanks to their support of Youth Haven’s Rapid Re-Housing Program, Merci now has a place to call home, breaking the cycle of homelessness. We’re extremely thankful for this donation and all the community partners that have helped to provide Merci with the future she deserves.”

To learn more about Merci or Youth Haven’s life-changing program, please contact Laura Lafakis, Youth Haven Associate Director of Development, at (239) 774-2904 or email 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 boys and girls ages 6 – 18 who have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect, or abandonment. In continuous operation since 1972, Youth Haven’s 25-acre therapeutic campus houses over 70 youth with a waking staff system that allows for around-the-clock specialized care. Also situated on its campus is Rob’s Group Home, Youth Haven’s transitional living cottage, which provides comprehensive 24-hour care, with a longer average length of stay, for homeless unaccompanied teenagers ages 16 -19. Youth Haven is a COA nationally accredited organization, a member agency of the United Way of Collier County, a Naples Children & Education Foundation grant recipient, and holds a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator. Its mission is focused on protecting and empowering children and teens in Southwest Florida through comprehensive care and community collaboration. For more information, please visit youthhavenswfl.org or call 239-774-2904. Follow Youth Haven on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

 

YOUTH HAVEN, INC. ANNOUNCES ART HAVEN: HEALING THROUGH SELF-EXPRESSION

Naples, FL (March 9, 2021)

Youth Haven, Inc. is pleased to announce Art Haven: Healing Through Self-Expression, an inaugural art show featuring work created by the children & teens of Youth Haven. The event will be held Wednesday, March 31, 2021 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM at The Collective Naples, located at 111 10th Street South, Naples, FL 34102. You can attend this event in person, or virtually from our website at https://youthhavenswfl.org/events/art-haven/.

Youth Haven’s dynamic art program was established in 2010 and offers each child and teen that lives on our 25-acre therapeutic campus opportunities to conceptualize ideas and develop skills through individual and collaborative art enrichment.  Art is therapeutic for children who suffer from trauma and abuse. Art builds confidence, allowing youth to creatively reflect on their past, present and future. Your purchase of an original piece of art supports programs that facilitate transformational change and healing in our youth!

“We’re excited to partner with The Collective Naples for our very first art exhibit and invite the community to join us and support our amazingly talented children & teens. Our art program is a crucial component of our therapeutic campus and is integral to supporting the transformational changes we see in our children and teens.” said Linda Goldfield, Youth Haven Executive Director.

Refreshments will be provided at this event which is free, open to the public and generously underwritten by The Collective Naples. The event space offers indoor and outdoor viewing opportunities; local mandates regarding masks and social distancing will be followed.

For more information, please call Laura at (239) 774-2904 or email Laura at laura.lafakis@youthhavenswfl.org or visit our website: www.youthhavenswfl.org/events/art-haven

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 boys and girls ages 6 – 18 who have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect, or abandonment. In continuous operation since 1972, Youth Haven’s 25-acre therapeutic campus houses over 70 youth with a waking staff system that allows for around-the-clock specialized care. Also situated on its campus is Rob’s Group Home, Youth Haven’s transitional living cottage, which provides comprehensive 24-hour care, with a longer average length of stay, for homeless unaccompanied teenagers ages 16 -19. Youth Haven is a COA nationally accredited organization, a member agency of the United Way of Collier County, a Naples Children & Education Foundation grant recipient, and holds a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator. Its mission is focused on protecting and empowering children and teens in Southwest Florida through comprehensive care and community collaboration. For more information, please visit youthhavenswfl.org or call 239-774-2904. Follow Youth Haven on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

 

YOUTH HAVEN, INC. AWARDED PPE DONATION FROM BANK OF AMERICA

Naples, FL (March 4, 2021)

Youth Haven, Inc. is pleased to announce they’re a recipient of a Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) donation from Bank of America.

Bank of America is donating 6,000 masks, 25 cases of hand sanitizer and 8,000 gloves to help keep Youth Haven’s children, teens, staff & visitors safe during this unprecedented time.  Bank of America remains focused on addressing the impact of the health and humanitarian crisis, and continues to enhance their support for partners and organizations who are working tirelessly across their local markets.

Founded in 1972, Youth Haven supports children and teens ages 6 -19 that have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect, abandonment or are homeless. Youth 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. Our 25-acre therapeutic campus houses over 70 youth and has remained open throughout the pandemic, accepting children & teens 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

“We’re so grateful to be a recipient of this donation. The PPE will allow us to continue to keep our children & teens, staff members and any visitors safe. We’re grateful for Bank of America’s continued support!” says Linda Goldfield, Youth Haven’s Executive Director.

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 boys and girls ages 6 – 18 who have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect, or abandonment. In continuous operation since 1972, Youth Haven’s 25-acre therapeutic campus houses over 70 youth with a waking staff system that allows for around-the-clock specialized care. Also situated on its campus is Rob’s Group Home, Youth Haven’s transitional living cottage, which provides comprehensive 24-hour care, with a longer average length of stay, for homeless unaccompanied teenagers ages 16 -19. Youth Haven is a COA nationally accredited organization, a member agency of the United Way of Collier County, a Naples Children & Education Foundation grant recipient, and holds a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator. Its mission is focused on protecting and empowering children and teens in Southwest Florida through comprehensive care and community collaboration. For more information, please visit youthhavenswfl.org or call 239-774-2904. Follow Youth Haven on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

 

YOUTH HAVEN, INC. AWARDED $10,000 GRANT FROM THE WOMEN’S GIVING CIRCLE OF SOUTHWEST FLORIDA

Naples, FL (February 5, 2021)

Youth Haven, Inc. is pleased to announce they’re a recipient of a $10,000 grant from Women’s Giving Circle of Southwest Florida, a fund of the Community Foundation of Collier County.

The funds received will benefit the Youth Haven’s programs and services. Founded in 1972, Youth Haven supports children and teens ages 6 -19 that have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect, abandonment or are homeless. Youth 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. Our 25-acre therapeutic campus houses over 70 youth with a waking staff system that allows for around-the-clock specialized care.

“We’re so grateful to be a recipient of this grant. Thank you to the Women’s Giving Circe and the Community Foundation of Collier County for supporting Youth Haven!” says Linda Goldfield, Youth Haven’s Executive Director.

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 boys and girls ages 6 – 18 who have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect, or abandonment. In continuous operation since 1972, Youth Haven’s 25-acre therapeutic campus houses over 70 youth with a waking staff system that allows for around-the-clock specialized care. Also situated on its campus is Rob’s Group Home, Youth Haven’s transitional living cottage, which provides comprehensive 24-hour care, with a longer average length of stay, for homeless unaccompanied teenagers ages 16 -19. Youth Haven is a COA nationally accredited organization, a member agency of the United Way of Collier County, a Naples Children & Education Foundation grant recipient, and holds a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator. Its mission is focused on protecting and empowering children and teens in Southwest Florida through comprehensive care and community collaboration. For more information, please visit youthhavenswfl.org or call 239-774-2904. Follow Youth Haven on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

 

Youth Haven SWFL Youth Shelter

YOUTH HAVEN VOTED 2021 NONPROFIT OF THE YEAR

Naples, FL (February 5, 2021)

Youth Haven, Inc. was voted The Scout Guide Naples’ 2021 Nonprofit of the Year. As the recipient of this prestigious award, Youth Haven will receive a full-page spread in their magazine, professional photography and year-round marketing support. ⁠⁠

Voting was conducted by The Scout Guide Naples between January 19, 2021 –  January 28, 2021. During this time, the public had the opportunity to support local nonprofits by voting for their favorite organization in their “Scouting for a Cause” contest. The Scout Guide Naples is part of a national network of 60+ cities.

Youth Haven is Southwest Florida’s only emergency and residential shelter for boys and girls ages 6 to 19 who have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect or abandonment. It 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.

“Youth Haven is honored to selected as the 2021 Nonprofit of the Year,” said Linda Goldfield, Executive Director of Youth Haven. “We would like to extend our congratulations to all of the deserving nonprofits that were also nominated and continue to make a tremendous impact on our local community. Thank you also to The Scout Guide Naples for hosting this contest and recognizing our organization. We are thrilled to able to share our message of supporting the children & teens that depend on Youth Haven for Home, Hope & Healing.”

“We introduced our Scouting for a Cause contest this year to bring awareness to our many worthy local nonprofit organizations and to engage the community in choosing one of them as The Scout Guide Naples’ 2021 Nonprofit of the Year,” said Jennifer Adams, editor and owner of The Scout Guide Naples. “We are thrilled to partner with Youth Haven and look forward to helping to amplify their incredible efforts through The Scout Guide’s powerful local and national outlets.”

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 boys and girls ages 6 – 18 who have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect, or abandonment. In continuous operation since 1972, Youth Haven’s 25-acre therapeutic campus houses over 70 youth with a waking staff system that allows for around-the-clock specialized care. Also situated on its campus is Rob’s Group Home, Youth Haven’s transitional living cottage, which provides comprehensive 24-hour care, with a longer average length of stay, for homeless unaccompanied teenagers ages 16 -19. Youth Haven is a COA nationally accredited organization, a member agency of the United Way of Collier County, a Naples Children & Education Foundation grant recipient, and holds a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator. Its mission is focused on protecting and empowering children and teens in Southwest Florida through comprehensive care and community collaboration. For more information, please visit youthhavenswfl.org or call 239-774-2904. Follow Youth Haven on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

 

Youth Haven SWFL Youth Shelter

YOUTH HAVEN, INC. AWARDED $2,500 DONATION FROM BARRON COLLIER COMPANIES

Naples, FL (February 1, 2021)

Youth Haven, Inc. is pleased to announce they are a recipient of a $2,500 donation grant from the Barron Collier Companies. The funds received will be used to help maintain its 25-acre therapeutic campus.

Youth Haven is Southwest Florida’s only residential shelter for boys and girls ages 6 – 19 who have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect, abandonment or are homeless. The children that arrive at Youth Haven having been traumatized by their situations. They have intense feelings of fear, isolation, sadness, anger, and loss.

Youth Haven’s therapeutic campus affords the youth not only a newfound sense of comfort and security but also many opportunities to participate in normalizing experiences and heal from the trauma they have experienced. They are encouraged to engage in outdoor activities including a myriad of sports, bicycling, gardening, and nature exploration. Many counseling sessions are held outdoors due to some youth responding positively to the open environment. They also engage in playful activities with our animal-assisted therapy dogs, Houston & Champ.

“We are so grateful for Barron Collier Companies’ generosity,” said Linda Goldfield, Youth Haven’s Executive Director. “Our therapeutic campus is a huge component of our program and is instrumental to our children & teen’s success.”

 

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 boys and girls ages 6 – 18 who have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect, or abandonment. In continuous operation since 1972, Youth Haven’s 25-acre therapeutic campus houses over 70 youth with a waking staff system that allows for around-the-clock specialized care. Also situated on its campus is Rob’s Group Home, Youth Haven’s transitional living cottage, which provides comprehensive 24-hour care, with a longer average length of stay, for homeless unaccompanied teenagers ages 16 -19. Youth Haven is a COA nationally accredited organization, a member agency of the United Way of Collier County, a Naples Children & Education Foundation grant recipient, and holds a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator. Its mission is focused on protecting and empowering children and teens in Southwest Florida through comprehensive care and community collaboration. For more information, please visit youthhavenswfl.org or call 239-774-2904. Follow Youth Haven on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

 

YOUTH HAVEN TO PARTICIPATE IN THE SEVENTH ANNUAL GIVE WHERE YOU LIVE CAMPAIGN

Naples, FL (January 21, 2021)

Youth Haven is one of 40 local nonprofits selected to participate in the Seventh Annual “Give Where You Live” campaign, hosted by the Community Foundation of Collier County. The 24-hour campaign will run from noon on February 10, 2021 until noon on February 11, 2021. Funds will be maximized through a matching fund generously provided by the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation and the Community Foundation of Collier County.

According to their website, “Give Where You Live Collier is a Collier County-wide movement to celebrate and increase philanthropy. This year, with canceled events and lack of donations due to COVID-19, our nonprofits need your help more than ever! Built upon the idea that everyone can be a philanthropist, this project provides an easy way to support the education and basic needs efforts of 40 nonprofits though a 24-hour, online fundraiser and reminds the community of the importance or making a difference where you live.1

“We’re honored to participate in this important fundraising event,” says Linda Goldfield, Youth Haven’s Executive Director. “We’re grateful for the generosity shown by the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation and the Community Foundation of Collier County. The funding we receive will help make an immediate impact in transforming the lives of our traumatized youth.”

 

Donors are able to give to Youth Haven by check, credit card, or wire transfer. To make a donation starting on February 10, please visit https://www.givewhereyoulivecollier.org/organizations/youth-haven-inc

Donations must be made during the 24-hour campaign timeframe. Please note that it takes more time to process a wire transfer so if you are interested in donating stock please contact Lisette Holmes at (239) 649-5000 or email LHolmes@cfcollier.org.

For more information, contact Laura Lafakis, Youth Haven’s Associate Director of Development at Laura.Lafakis@youthhavenswfl.org or (239) 687-5175.

 

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 boys and girls ages 6 – 18 who have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect, or abandonment. In continuous operation since 1972, Youth Haven’s 25-acre therapeutic campus houses over 70 youth with a waking staff system that allows for around-the-clock specialized care. Also situated on its campus is Rob’s Group Home, Youth Haven’s transitional living cottage, which provides comprehensive 24-hour care, with a longer average length of stay, for homeless unaccompanied teenagers ages 16 -19. Youth Haven is a COA nationally accredited organization, a member agency of the United Way of Collier County, a Naples Children & Education Foundation grant recipient, and holds a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator. Its mission is focused on protecting and empowering children and teens in Southwest Florida through comprehensive care and community collaboration. For more information, please visit youthhavenswfl.org or call 239-774-2904. Follow Youth Haven on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

 

YOUTH HAVEN URGES COMMUNITY TO REPORT SUSPECTED CHILD ABUSE

Naples, FL (January 19, 2021)

The recent story of a Central Florida waitress saving a young boy from his allegedly abusive parents has brought to light the importance of reporting suspected child abuse. According to multiple news sources, both national1 and local2, the waitress reported the boy to authorities after she noticed he was bruised and wasn’t being allowed to eat. By communicating to the boy through a sign, she was able to determined he needed help.

Sadly, Youth Haven is well aware of the high rate of child abuse that occurs at the hands of parents. The children & teens that come to Youth Haven have been abused, abandoned, neglected or are homeless. Founded in 1972, 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 25-acre therapeutic campus houses over 70 youth with a waking staff system that allows for around-the-clock specialized care.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “heightened stress, school closures, loss of income, and social isolation resulting from the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic have increased the risk for child abuse and neglect. Child abuse is preventable; implementation of strategies including strengthening household economic supports and creating family-friendly work policies can reduce stress during difficult times and increase children’s opportunities to thrive in safe, stable, and nurturing relationships and environments. Despite known risk for child abuse and neglect during pandemics and preliminary reports of increased severity of child abuse and neglect in some facilities, official reports to child protection agencies have declined across the United States by 20%–70%, attributed to decreased in-person contact between children and mandated reporters (e.g., teachers, social workers, and physicians).”2

Youth Haven urges the community to help protect our vulnerable children and teens by adopting the mindset of “See something, say something”. “Now more than ever, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are urging the general public to recognize and report suspected child abuse. If you see something suspicious, please say something,” said Linda Goldfield, Youth Haven’s Executive Director.  “Children and teens in abusive situations do not have a voice and they depend on us – their community members –  to speak up for them. Please join us in our efforts by reporting abuse immediately.”

According to the Florida Department of Children and Families (FDCF), below are some signs that a child may be a victim of abuse.3

  • Unusual fearfulness
  • Lack of hygiene or inappropriate dress
  • Delayed emotional, intellectual or language development
  • Frequent disorders
  • Rocking, self-inflicted pain
  • Sleep disorders
  • Lack of eye contact, poor socialization
  • Acting out in school
  • Unexplained scars of bruises
  • Malnutrition
  • Many school absences


How to make a report

Under Florida law, anyone who suspects a child may be abused or neglected has a responsibility to report it. For additional information on child abuse and who to contact if you suspect a child is being abused, please call 1-800-962-2873 or visit https://reportabuse.dcf.state.fl.us/

 

Youth Haven Contact
If you have any questions, please contact Linda Goldfield, Youth Haven’s Executive Director, at 239-687-5155 or Linda.Goldfield@youthhavenswfl.org.

Sources

  1. https://www.cnn.com/2021/01/15/us/orlando-waitress-boy-abuse-note-trnd/index.html?utm_content=2021-01-15T21%3A33%3A07&utm_medium=social&utm_source=fbCNN&utm_term=link&fbclid=IwAR2f8r4XSh7wnD3pro9woJS25yyaldjlYlLiWJhsRy9B40ZJPBc_qVYnOfc
  2. https://nbc-2.com/news/state/2021/01/14/quick-thinking-florida-waitress-saves-boy-from-abusive-parents/
  3. https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/69/wr/mm6949a1.htm#:~:text=Heightened%20stress%2C%20school%20closures%2C%20loss,abuse%20and%20neglect%20(1).
  4. https://www.myflfamilies.com/service-programs/abuse-hotline/posters/Posters_English2-wdcf-logo-only.pdf

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 boys and girls ages 6 – 18 who have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect, or abandonment. In continuous operation since 1972, Youth Haven’s 25-acre therapeutic campus houses over 70 youth with a waking staff system that allows for around-the-clock specialized care. Also situated on its campus is Rob’s Group Home, Youth Haven’s transitional living cottage, which provides comprehensive 24-hour care, with a longer average length of stay, for homeless unaccompanied teenagers ages 16 -19. Youth Haven is a COA nationally accredited organization, a member agency of the United Way of Collier County, a Naples Children & Education Foundation grant recipient, and holds a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator. Its mission is focused on protecting and empowering children and teens in Southwest Florida through comprehensive care and community collaboration. For more information, please visit youthhavenswfl.org or call 239-774-2904. Follow Youth Haven on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

 

YOUTH HAVEN, INC. AWARDED $25,000 GRANT FROM ARTHREX CHARITIABLE GIVING PROGRAM

Naples, FL (January 13, 2021)

Youth Haven, Inc. is pleased to announce they’re a recipient of a $25,000 grant from Arthrex Charitable Giving Program.

The funds received will benefit Youth Haven’s residential programs that are conducted on its 25-acre therapeutic campus located in East Naples. The grant will also support its enrichment activities and will be used to purchase a variety of materials and supplies to be used by the children on campus, such as art supplies, athletic and fitness equipment, and gardening materials. Activities will be selected with input from the youth and include outdoor activities such as fishing, lawn games, outdoor sports and lawn movies. It will also support indoor activities such as reading, movies and cooking classes.

We’re grateful for Arthrex Charitable Giving Program’s generosity,” said Linda Goldfield, Youth Haven’s Executive Director. “With their support, and the support of all of our community partners, we are able provide Home, Hope and Healing for the children and teens who depend on Youth Haven.”

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 boys and girls ages 6 – 18 who have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect, or abandonment. In continuous operation since 1972, Youth Haven’s 25-acre therapeutic campus houses over 70 youth with a waking staff system that allows for around-the-clock specialized care. Also situated on its campus is Rob’s Group Home, Youth Haven’s transitional living cottage, which provides comprehensive 24-hour care, with a longer average length of stay, for homeless unaccompanied teenagers ages 16 -19. Youth Haven is a COA nationally accredited organization, a member agency of the United Way of Collier County, a Naples Children & Education Foundation grant recipient, and holds a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator. Its mission is focused on protecting and empowering children and teens in Southwest Florida through comprehensive care and community collaboration. For more information, please visit youthhavenswfl.org or call 239-774-2904. Follow Youth Haven on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.