Dear Youth Haven Families, Supporters, and Agency Partners,
As we welcomed 2020, kissed our loved ones and wished them a Happy New Year, none of us imagined we would be where we are today. The world has changed, and we have all been impacted. Each one of our lives has been touched in one way or another by this virus and its effects.
Taking into consideration current restrictions and guidelines put in place by authorities and health officials, logistics of implementing required and recommended precautions, and, ultimately, concern for the health and safety of our children and staff, we have temporarily suspended our on-site programs. However, we have many exciting mission opportunities before us!
This virus has not stopped us from reaching out to disadvantaged boys and girls with the love and hope of Jesus Christ! If anything, it has spurred us on to do more for them, and to find new and creative ways to be a part of their lives. Right now, there are a lot of kids going through hardships all around us. They need the love and hope of Jesus more than ever. And we are committed to doing all we can to give that to them! Our methods have changed, but our mission remains the same.
We have created a haven for kids online, with fun activities, videos, stories, answers to questions kids might have, and more. We've gotten a great response from it, and parents can trust its content is safe and wholesome. Best of all, it allows us to share the hope of Jesus with kids all over our nation who are going through difficult times.
We’re excited to begin our first ever virtual camp experience this summer, allowing us to reach kids with the message of God’s love in the own homes. The kids will be registered for a specific week of virtual camp, and we’ll mail or hand deliver a special supply kit full of activities, snacks, instructions, and a few other items just for fun. They’ll receive an access code to a password-protected web site, where they can watch videos and livestreams from Youth Haven and interact with our staff. They’ll be able to earn points by completing various activities, and we’ll mail special prizes at the end of each week.
Thanks to your generosity, we have delivered over 600 care packages to children during this difficult time! The care packs include things like toiletries, a few snacks, games, puzzles, Legos, activity sheets, and other things that will bring some comfort and hope to kids during this time. We want them and their families to know we care, and most importantly, God cares.
We’re beginning a new Birthday Brigade to take cupcakes and gifts to kids on their birthdays. We’ve increased the number of mailed activities we’re sending to the children. And we’ve mailed multiple Trailbooks - our custom Bibles - to kids whose parents requested them after visiting our kids’ website because they didn’t have Bibles of their own.
We are grateful for each and every one of you. We love you, we pray for you, and we hope we’ll be able to open our campuses to you again soon. In the meantime, we are finding new ways to serve and meet the needs of kids.
Thank you, and God bless you!
President & CEO