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Happy Myra Brockette Day!

You might not recognize the name Myra Brockette, but it is the name of a hero.

102 years ago today on August 17, 1920, an 11-year-old Myra deposited $1.06 into a bank account. Little did she know then that her deposit would one day amount to $1.5 million providing college education for young adults living at Christ’s Haven.

Myra lived a humble life and diligently made small deposits for 80 years growing her savings. She came upon Christ’s Haven while trying to donate a used musical instrument. After learning more about the organization and connecting to the mission as a child growing up in poverty unable to attend college herself, Myra made a decision. She would donate her estate to Christ’s Haven with the sole purpose of funding secondary education expenses.

What began as an simple act in 1920 resulted in generosity that would impact lives at Christ’s Haven for generations. Just like the 2021 college graduate in this photo.

Today we celebrate Myra Brockette Day and her generosity that began 102 years ago!

Independent Living Home Ribbon Cutting

Christ's Haven's newly updated independent living home for young women ages 18-24 opens

“Launch Into Adulthood” is the goal of Christ’s Haven’s comprehensive program for young adults.

A big component of that launch is learning the life skills of living independently.

Christ’s Haven For Children recently opened a newly updated Independent Living Home for young women ages 18-24 enrolled in the College & Career Readiness program.

Community leaders, donors, and volunteers gathered for the Ribbon Cutting on July 28 to celebrate the opening.

Thank you to the following generous supporters:

Muse Family
Payless Power
Platinum Painting
Cindy Tubb
Legacy Donor:  James L. Standridge Family & Friends

Ribbon Cutting pictured (L-R):

Former Christ’s Haven Executive Director, Dwight Robarts; Christ’s Haven Board member, Dr. Amy Coffey; Miss Keller, Alannah Bruce; Christ’s Haven Volunteer Manager, Summer Woods; Christ’s Haven College & Career Readiness Manager, Dr. Vivian Dorsett; Christ’s Haven CEO, Cassie McQuitty; Christ’s Haven Board Chair, Darrin Lewis

A Story of Reunification

June is National Reunification Month. At Christ’s Haven, we strive toward reunification whenever it is possible. When reunification does happen, we celebrate the partnership and trust between birth families, caregivers, and caseworkers. We are grateful to Jennifer for sharing her story. And we are grateful to be a part of her family’s reunification.

“I’ve always been the caretaker for everyone. I never had a lot of time to find self-care, so I did hit a lot of bumps in the road.”

Living in the Keller area for many years, Jennifer had driven by Christ’s Haven often but never really knew much about the organization. When a situation came up with Child Protective Services, she was referred to Christ’s Haven. Without family nearby, Jennifer said she needed help and decided to place her son in our family model of care.

“From the very beginning Christ’s Haven was a great fit for my son and my family,” Jennifer said.

Jennifer worked very closely with the houseparents taking care of her son along with Christ’s Haven Case Manager, Jaimee Kraft. They formed a wonderful partnership filled with mutual respect and support for the period of time he lived at Christ’s Haven.

“I’m so proud of Jennifer. I told her that we have her son taken care of, this is time she can work on herself. She was so strong in doing what she needed to do so they could stay together,” Jaimee said.

For some families the outcome may be reconciliation while the child continues to live at Christ’s Haven. For some families like Jennifer’s, the family is able to establish reunification. Whether a child lives at Christ’s Haven a few months or years, we love them as our own providing Normalcy, Dignity, and Hope in their lives.

Latest Updates: June 2022

Christ’s Haven’s June E-Messenger was recently released. June 2022 – In This Issue:

  • Graduation
  • Welcome to our Newest Houseparents
  • In Memory of David Isom
  • New Website
  • Free Resource Available: Your Child’s Love Language
  • Intake Call Uptick Showing Increased Demand
  • Annual Report Outcomes

CLICK HERE to read E-Messenger: June 2022

 

2021 Annual Report Available

Christ’s Haven’s 2021 Annual Report is ready!

We hope you will take a moment to read through the 2021 Annual Report so you can see the impact made in the lives of so many. A few highlights include:

* CEO Update from Cassie McQuitty
* Welcome from Board Chair, Darrin Lewis
* 2021 Outcomes: Residential – College & Career Readiness Programs
* Family Resource Center Update
* 2021 Volunteer Awards
* 2022 Special Events
* Financials
* Spotlight Profiles

As you will read in the Annual Report, we saw tremendous growth in 2021 with 95% capacity in our Residential Program for youth ages 0-18 and the largest group we’ve ever had in our College & Career Readiness Program for young adults ages 18-24. We don’t anticipate the demand to lessen. As the Texas foster care system is at the height of a capacity crisis, we know and believe that Christ’s Haven is here to be an important part of the solution.

It will take focus and determination from all of our partners to continue providing Normalcy, Dignity, and Hope for displaced youth. We are ready and look forward to serving with you.

Child Abuse Prevention Art Installation

Thank you to everyone who braved the wind and attended our Child Abuse Prevention event and art installation. Our speakers shared difficult but important information about the need for more child abuse prevention in our community. 💙

Be sure to stop by the Keller Police Station on Rufe Snow to see the powerful visual of 543 blue pinwheels in honor of the 543 victims of child abuse every month in Tarrant County.
At Christ’s Haven, we are grateful to be able to care for youth who have experienced abuse or neglect, and we are also grateful to be part of the community effort to prevent abuse from happening with our Family Resource Center.

If you have any questions about Christ’s Haven’s Family Resource Center, please reach out to rhonda@christshaven.org.