The mission of Girls’ Haven, located in Beaumont, Texas, is to “turn tragedy to triumph.” And their mission was put to the test last year. Hurricane Harvey, which pummeled the Gulf Coast in 2017, was not selective in its destruction. Organizations like Girls’ Haven, whose mission is to help our state’s most vulnerable children, found themselves and the children they serve deeply affected by this devastating storm.
For Girls’ Haven, a community organization that serves girls and young women ages 6 to 21, Hurricane Harvey was a tremendous setback.
Girls’ Haven works hard each day to give young women a safe, homelike environment, and to help provide the tools needed to successfully transition from foster care into the next phase of their life whether reunification, a foster home, or to live independently. Girls’ Haven offers services like psychological care, group therapy, and medical care. Additionally, they operate an on-site charter school that offers excellent educational services to students who are in PK – 8th grade.
In an organization where every cent counts just to run these day-to-day activities and provide the girls – who are affected by physical and sexual abuse, homelessness, neglect, and/or severe family dysfunction – with a safe place to call home, the havoc that Harvey wreaked on their campus took much-needed funds from its operations that had to be redirected to rebuilding and repairing.
With moneys provided by the Center’s Healing from Harvey Rebuild Texas Fund grant, Girls’ Haven was able to expand their Supervised Independent Living Program which will allow girls ages 18 to 22 to remain in care while developing skills to live independently. But Girls’ Haven didn’t stop there. They also used these additional funds to implement a Hurricane Harvey Grief Group, free to the entire Jefferson County community.
For helping Texas’ most vulnerable children, to providing a helping hand to the entire Beaumont area, we salute Girls’ Have for being a true #HarveyHero.