Monthly Archives: June 2017

Program Highlight

Feeding Hungry Children in Jesus’ Name

Child with Food“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink… Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.” – Matt. 25:35, 40

This summer, you have the opportunity to give food to the hungry. Your gift to Youth Haven will provide delicious, nutritious food for a boy or girl in need. Children who are used to going to bed hungry can eat their fill of good food because you care. And when those children see that someone cares about their basic needs, their hearts soften when they hear about the love of Jesus.

God has blessed Youth Haven with two wonderful cooks, who are passionate about what they do because of their tremendous love for these kids. Thank you for supporting Matt and Katelyn, and sharing in this important aspect of our ministry!

Volunteer Corner: Summer 2017

Volunteers

Volunteers help provide a safe, fun environment for disadvantaged children to enjoy. They give hundreds of hours ensuring our facilities are kept in good condition for the children, keeping our clothing and toys organized, sending birthday cards, and more.

During our Volunteer Work Day on May 20, many of our volunteers worked together to prepare our Michigan campus for the summer program. Our Adopt-a Facility groups have also been hard at work, cleaning the dorms and getting them ready for larger numbers of children. Many hands make light work, and we’re so thankful for everyone who has given of their time to serve the children in this way!

We would also like to thank Sandy Dean, who puts in as many hours as a full-time employee, but does so as a volunteer. Sandy’s husband Dave serves as our Arizona Campus Manager, and Sandy is an integral part of the ministry as well.

Thank you to all of our volunteers! To learn more about volunteer opportunities, please visit www.youthhaven.org.

Summer 2017: Delivered

2015 Pool (130)

This year’s summer camp theme is “Delivered,” and the children are learning about the exciting adventure of the Israelites when God delivered them out of slavery in Egypt. You are making it possible for these kids to discover that God also loves them and has a special plan for them, just like He did for the Israelites!

This summer, your gifts and prayers will help provide disadvantaged boys and girls with…

  • food
  • shelter
  • fun activities that help improve social skills, teamwork, physical health, creativity, and self-confidence
  • clothing and shoes when needed
  • caring mentors and positive role models
  • Biblical teaching and a Youth Haven Trailbook (customized Bible) to take home
  • follow-up materials to remind them of everything they learned and invite them to return

Thank you for caring about children in need!

Finding Purpose

A Week at Summer Camp can Change a Child’s Life!

Children

“They are very troubled kids but have great potential to be something someday.”

These words could describe so many of the children who come to Youth Haven! In particular, they are the words of a soon-to-be adoptive mother of three children who are scheduled for summer camp at Youth Haven.

The oldest of the three siblings is in fifth grade and has already lived in 11 or 12 homes. The children were removed from their birth home due to domestic violence and drug abuse. They have been in foster care most of their lives, and parental rights were terminated two years ago.

When you support Youth Haven, you give troubled kids a chance to discover their potential to do something great with their lives. Maybe they’ll uncover a hidden talent in arts and crafts, or learn that they’re good at sports. Perhaps the encouraging words of a staff member or teen volunteer will be just what they need to boost their self-confidence. Without a doubt, they’ll hear that God loves them and has a special purpose for them!

Thank you for providing a way for these three children – and hundreds of others like them – to come to Youth Haven this summer. You are helping them become the young men and women God designed them to be!

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