Naples, FL (November 23, 2020)
Youth Haven, Inc. is a recipient of other local organizations’ generosity in honor of the Thanksgiving holiday.
St. Matthew’s House will be partnering with New Hope Ministries, in Naples, FL, to donate cooked turkeys and sides on Thanksgiving day to feed Youth Haven’s children, teens and staff. Youth Haven’s teens have offered to assist with the turkey preparations as a token of appreciation. St. Matthew’s House provides innovative solutions to fight homelessness, hunger, substance abuse, and poverty in Southwest Florida.
Youth Haven also received a $500.00 donation from Trinity-by-the-Cove Episcopal Church in Naples, Florida to be used for food purchases throughout Thanksgiving weekend. Trinity has assisted Youth Haven with Thanksgiving for the past few years; however, due to Youth Haven’s closed campus policy as a result of the pandemic, their volunteers are unable to prepare Thanksgiving meals on-site for our children and teens. The monetary donation will help significantly with feeding expenses over the holiday weekend.
Youth Haven’s food cost has increased exponentially for the year with the children and teens remaining on campus for longer periods of time for virtual learning. Financial donations to assist with the food budget are always greatly appreciated!
“Thanksgiving is a time to show gratitude and we’re so thankful for St. Matthew’s House, New Hope Ministries and Trinity-by-the-Cove’s food donations,” said Jinx Liggett, Youth Haven Executive Director. “The holidays can be a difficult time for our children and teens but knowing that the community cares really helps makes a difference. From all of us at Youth Haven, thank you!”
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 & Education Foundation grant recipient, and has been in continuous operation since 1972. For more information, visit www.youthhavenswfl.org, like our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/YouthHavenShelter, follow us on Twitter, @YouthHavenCS and Instagram @youthhaven.