Dear Haven Friends and Family,
I hope that everyone enjoyed their holidays.
For me, it was a time of reflection and profound gratitude. Despite trials and tribulations, we endured and persevered. And, by “we” I mean our tight-knit group of staff, parents, clients, donors and volunteers who work together as a single unit in service to The Haven and its mission. Together, WE came out of 2020 stronger than ever in so many ways.
I am proud to announce that because of YOU, we were able to raise over $80,000 through our Holiday Hope Campaign and fully match the $60,000 contribution from the COVID-19 Response Initiative of Gulf Coast Community Foundation and Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation. Thank you!
I want to express my sincere appreciation to all of The Haven staff. They put the health and well-being of our clients above their own, doing a remarkable job keeping everyone happy and healthy during the most difficult of circumstances. Thank you!
The Haven’s Board of Directors was with us every step of the way as we navigated a global pandemic. With no instructions or examples to guide us, we worked as a team, focused on ensuring the health and safety of our clients and staff and the very sustainability of the agency. Thank you!
Partnership is a powerful word and 2020 showed me just how valuable The Haven’s partnerships truly are. Our community united and rallied around nonprofits to provide them with help in their critical time of need. I would like to extend my appreciation to all of the Sarasota/Manatee foundations that provided financial support to The Haven and other nonprofits that provide critical services to our community. I would also like to recognize Easter Seals of Southwest Florida for our ongoing partnership – working together to ensure enduring service to people with disabilities. Thank you!
I would like to recognize our clients, particularly our 48 residents. COVID-19 forced us to completely change our programs and therefore, their lives. Instead of daily trips into the community for vocational training, shopping, recreation, and dining, we asked them to stay home. As all of you know, that is not an easy thing to do. It is even more difficult for people with disabilities as some don’t understand why they can’t go out and visit with their friends. All of our clients displayed tremendous courage. They trusted us to help keep them safe and reminded us how important we are to each other. Thank you!
Finally, 2020 confirmed just how important the families of our clients are to The Haven. In addition to their financial contributions, their words of appreciation and encouragement provided our staff the fuel to continue to overcome the challenges they faced. Our staff was also thankful for all of the meals that many of you had delivered to the group homes during the months of quarantine. Thank you!
The Haven’s board and leadership are currently working on our next 5-year strategic plan. We look forward to sharing our vision and ambitions with everyone this spring. In the meantime, on behalf of the Haven’s staff, board and clients we want to wish all of you a safe and healthy 2021!