Naples, Fl (April 1, 2023).
Youth Haven was recently a recipient of in-kind funding from “CC’s Wishlist,” a program of the Lavin Family Foundation.
Several months ago, Carol Lavin Bernick, former CEO of Alberta Culver/Sally Beauty, identified Youth Haven as a possible recipient of their in-kind program. Carol’s staff visited the Youth Haven’s campus, met the children, assessed our needs, and selected us for a shopping day. According to www.ccswishlist.org, “CC’s Wish List is a unique program leveraging decades of corporate buying experience to purchase brand-new, quality items at incredibly low prices. These soft goods are donated in-kind to nonprofit organizations to further their community outreach in support of children, families, and individuals of all ages, backgrounds, and needs.”
Last month, Carol’s team arrived on our therapeutic campus with a moving truck full of goodies, including clothes, sneakers, bedding, stuffed animals, accessories, and more. While initially overwhelming, our children had an extraordinary experience shopping with her staff in the Telford building. Carol, who splits her time between Chicago and Naples, took a campus tour and generously committed $100,000 to support Rob’s Cottage.
Established in 1972, Youth Haven provides Home, Hope, and Healing to abused and neglected children and teens in Southwest Florid. Our 18.5-acre therapeutic campus houses 70 youth with a waking staff system that allows for around-the-clock specialized care. Youth Haven views challenges as opportunities to help each child gain confidence, independence, and success as they continue to strengthen the community they serve, laying the foundation for children and teens to have hope for a brighter, better future.
“It was delightful to see the children wearing head-to-toe selections from “CC’s Wishlist!” We are so fortunate to have so many generous donors, such as the Lavin Family Foundation, who recognize our work and want to serve as a positive influence in our children’s lives,” said Linda Goldfield, Youth Haven CEO.
For media inquiries, please contact Laura Lafakis, Youth Haven Director of Development, at 239-687-5175 or 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 children and teens ages 10 – 19 removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect, or abandonment. In continuous operation since 1972, Youth Haven’s therapeutic campus, located in Naples, Florida, houses 70 youth with a waking staff system that allows for around-the-clock specialized care. Youth Haven provides programs that create transformational change in its youth. Youth Haven is a COA nationally accredited organization, a member agency of the United Way of Collier and the Keys, and a Naples Children & Education Foundation grant recipient. It also holds a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator. Its mission is “To provide Home, Hope, and Healing to abused and neglected children and teens in Southwest Florida.” For more information, please visit youthhavenswfl.org or call 239-774-2904. Follow Youth Haven on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.