"Providing a nurturing youth sanctuary for the development of purposeful living."
Elizabeth Haven Community Projects is a legally structured 501(c)3 organization, established in 2007. Elizabeth Haven was founded by Victoria Ochiche in memory of her mother, Jane Elizabeth Wynn.
ELIZABETH HAVEN - THE STORY
Elizabeth Haven Community Projects was birthed in memory of Jane Elizabeth Wynn, a single mother of 10 children.
The night was late and the young wife with three children took a beating from her husband. Though she survived the night, she awakened the next morning with 2 black eyes and a determination to make a life-changing decision. After waiting until her husband left for work, she packed up her babies and left without ever looking back.
Still wanting to love and be loved, she went on to marry again. Until one day her life took another unexpected blow when as a mother of now 6 children, her husband left the house to go to the store, and he never returned.
She never married again, but still making an attempt to love and be loved, she went on to have 4 more children with various men who were in and out of her life. As with any single mother, taking care of children alone was a challenge for her. With all of the fathers absent, she relied on welfare to help until most of her children were grown. With no skills, when she entered the workforce the only thing she was able to secure was in the janitorial field.
When the last child was an adult, she received some training and was offered a job in a clerical position. Even though she was at the age when most people are preparing to retire, but she was so proud of herself! Not only did she love her job and the people she worked with, she loved the feeling of accomplishment. As a single mother, she raised her children, and now she was able to work on a job she loved. Soon the life of pain, joy and challenges took a toll on her health and her clerical career came to an end. Who is this woman? This woman is everywhere. She lives in your city; she is in your community; she may even be part of your family. She is the young woman who needs a little help, a little support, a little encouragement. Jane Elizabeth Wynn is her name.
Why is her life so significant?
Can you imagine what she could have accomplished in her life if someone had approached her at any point in her life’s journey and said, “You are a smart and beautiful woman, capable of doing great things with your life. Let me help you.”
Elizabeth Haven Community Projects is established as a community organization for the development of young women. Our goal is to build self-esteem and provide a safe haven for young women facing homelessness, pregnancy, or motherhood and guiding them in the direction of productive and independent living. There isn’t a young woman who can’t accomplish great things with the proper support system. But there are many young women who just need a little help, a little support, a little encouragement.
Elizabeth Haven Community Projects is focused on providing high-quality services to at-risk youth. We will do all we can to exceed their expectations in an effort to convince them of their value.
The United States still has the highest teen pregnancy and birth rates in the industrialized world with Texas at 9.73% of those pregnancies.* Our objective is to offer positive alternative interests to young teen girls by expanding their scope of the world and all it has to offer them.
*The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancies
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YOUR SUPPORT MEANS SO MUCH!
We invite you to support with your tax-deductible donations online
Mail check donations to:
Elizabeth Haven Community Projects, Inc.
P.O. Box 11955, Spring, TX 77391
Questions, please call Victoria Ochiche, Executive Director @ 832.654.4725.
July 19-24, 2015
Summer College Tour
Louisiana State Univ. Southern Univ.
Tuskegee Univ. Clark Univ.
Spelman College Morehouse College
Florida A&M Univ. Florida State Univ.
Bethune Cookman Univ.
Dancing, Scrabble, Scholarship Award . . .
Thank you sponsors . . .
Harvest Time Church
Kidz K’nect Resource Center
Your Scholarship Coach
Charles Ratcliffe Florist
Thank you patron supporters . . .
Mr. Davion Botts (Bottzworld Music)
Mr. & Mrs. Victor Chatman
Ms. Evelyne Hart
Ms. Shirley Jones
Ms. Kim Kossie
Mr. Moses Ochiche
Dr. Mildred Ofusu
Ms. Wanda Reed
Mr. & Mrs. Calvin Reitzell
Mr. & Mrs. Larry Richardson
Mr. & Mrs. Kevin Royall, Sr.
Thank you parents and volunteers!
Elizabeth Haven awarded the Oscar Newton Community Spirit Award
SunAmerica Financial Group
Thank you for your support
Mr. Oscar Newton
SunAmerica Financial Group
Oscar Newton passed away on January 7 and our prayers go out to his family.
According to Jay Wintrob, President/CEO of AIG Life and Retirement, Oscar imparted his wisdom through his incredible gift of storytelling. He was so quotable that friends often called these sayings “Oscar-isms.” One in particular: “Life is measured not by duration, but by donation.” How we measure “donation” is not necessarily defined by dollars, but by time and giving to others, which Oscar exemplified.
Elizabeth Haven was honored to be one of the recipients of that generosity. Thank you!
Victoria Ochiche, Executive Director, was honored as a Community Hero by Forever Families Foster Care & Adoption
Mr. Lonnie & Dr. Sophia Fields, Founders
October 26, 2012
FASHION SHOW FUNDRAISER
OUR GIRLS ROCKED THE RUNWAY . . .
Donnetta & Sandra
Decor Setup. Great Job!
Emcee Nnete of 97.9 The Box
Leaford James Collection Designer
Edmond "Sax Man" Baker
Sharon Peoples, Elizabeth Haven Director
Tammy Arvie, Elizabeth Haven Director
Graduating Seniors 2012
2011 "OUR GIRLS ROCK"