Naples, FL (June 9, 2020)
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.