It is only with the support of community partners such as the Jingled Elves that we are able to continue to expand our services and campus to meet the growing needs of the children and teens who are placed at Youth Haven.
The Jingled Elves grant to purchase furniture has allowed us to upgrade our common area living room seating. Upgrading from modular, plastic and indestructible to comfortable, home-like and durable. The children and teens are excited to have furniture that allows them to snuggle on the sofa and watch TV or lounge and read books, affording them the same comfort as our own children and grandchildren.
Recently our children have been able to participate in several field trips and with your support the experiences from the Children’s Museum and Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary were able to be taken home to continue the experience. From scavenger hunts and other activities. The developmental materials that our children are immersed in in the classroom unfortunately are rare and scarce in the home a lot of times.
This year’s open house event coming up soon before the next school year we will be sending home additional materials in the areas of math/numbers, music, and art. The ability for Pathways to extend the learning experience and school day into the out of school time lives of our families will help prevent learning loss. Thank you so much to all of you at Jingled Elves!
Pathways Early Education Center
We are so grateful for the help from our wonderful supporters of Jingled Elves! Laces of Love has been able to help over 350 children in need.
Your donation has created smiles on many faces in the schools and shelters who help distribute the new shoes to the most in need. Pictured is a young man in his wheel chair. He was so happy he wanted to hold his shoes and hug them!
New shoes do make a big difference to a child in great need. New Shoes will help create confidence in a child, build their self esteem and give them the feeling of acceptance. Thank you Donna and your fabulous JINGLED ELVES!
Laces of Love
As the only certified domestic violence center in Collier County, The Shelter works as a collaborative partner with the Collier County Sheriff’s Office and State Attorney’s Office, furthering its mission to Prevent, Protect and Prevent over domestic violence and human trafficking. The Shelter also partners with Collier County Public Schools to conduct age-appropriate prevention programs on domestic violence and human trafficking in grades K – 12.
In 2021 The Shelter launched the Domestic Violence Doesn’t Stop at the Front Door initiative to alert Collier County residents to the fact that domestic violence affects us all. It shows up in our neighborhoods, schools, places of worship, businesses, and public areas. Thank goodness we have powerful community partnerships, as well as supportive organizations like The Jingled Elves, to assure The Shelter is ready to be of service in a multitude of ways.
Your January 2022 grant is helping The Shelter address the needs of both victims of domestic violence and human trafficking.
The Jingled Elves first grant permits The Shelter Guild to purchase personal items for individual families in our Transitional Living program. These items, unique to each member of the family, are the greatest joy for mom and her children as they move into their own home following a period of living in our Emergency Shelter.
The second and larger grant continues to effectively fulfill numerous essential needs for female survivors of horrific human trafficking offenses. The Shelter has been able to pay for their medical and legal bills, medications, programs and educational supplies, automobile repairs, and invaluable outings that help victims acclimate to being free once again. We anticipate additional services will be provided from your grant including dental care, mental health services, and possible relocation fees. Most exciting are the results of your support and care: enrollment in certification programs, increased self-esteem, increased overall health and wellness, and increased life skills and self-sufficiency.