GREAT NONPROFITS REVIEWS . . .
November 13, 2012
Awesome group for girls! I have two daughters in this group
and they have been helped with preparation for college life. Elizabeth
Haven has guided them by mentoring them with college applications,
personal self esteem and having them volunteer and help with other
charitable organizations. The
leadership is great and has always answered any questions I've had and taken really good care of my girls.
November 11, 2012
Elizabeth Haven does so much more than take girls on summer
trips to visit college campuses. The organization provides an
environment where young girls can develop and grow into strong young
women. They have the opportunity to interact with professionals
throughout the year, which expands their
knowledge. They also participate in college and
personal development workshops to prepare them for next steps in their
lives. I am honored to serve as volunteer for Elizabeth Haven. I
believe in the work they do, and I know it is building confidence and
enthusiasm in the lives of the young women it serves.
November 8, 2012
Elizabeth Haven has been such a tremendous blessing to the
community in the Greenspoint and Spring area of Houston, TX. I'm sure
this program will touch the lives of even more young teen girls beyond
Houston. These young ladies have been introduced to the world of
education, and has given them the
gift of dreaming. They have had the pleasure of
visiting and lodging in college dormitories here in Houston, trips to
New York, Denver, Washington DC, and more to come. Visiting Colleges all
free of charge to the girls. Victoria Ochiche works tirelessly to make
this happen for these young ladies. Yes, I recommend Elizabeth Haven to
the surrounding Communities and the world!! I have truly enjoyed being a
volunteer to see lives changed up close and personal.
June 21, 2012
Awesome program for young girls to be involved in to learn
about education and to teach life lessons for adult hood.
June 8, 2012
This organization gives back to the community by helping
economic disadvantage young women excel in life. They provide
opportunities for the young women to explore their educational dreams
and give them an opportunity to earn money toward their future
June 8, 2012
The experinces this organization provide for young ladies
are phonomenal! The self esteem and charater building has been vital to
our community. My daughters have participated in several of the events
sponsored by this organization and the staff and other volunteers left
an ever lasting impression
on my daughter that changed her attitude and
prespective on the direction of her life. I am eternally grateful for
this organization and wish the group becomes larger to have a greater
impact on our youth. Well done Elizabeth Haven Community
Projects!!!!!!!! Thanks for your service to our community and our youth.
June 7, 2012
Elizabeth Haven Community Projects loves to teach girls to
have fun, to love their life, and to try new things. I have attended
several functions that this organization has put on and I always come
away feeling that the girls who participated in the projects have found
peace, balance, and
enjoyment in the areas of their life that matter
most. I believe they see that it starts with them and that they have
more power inside them than they realize; all they have to do is learn
to tap into what they already have. As they begin to recognize their
own abilities and influence, and see them in healthy ways, all the other
areas of their life will fall into order. That's what this organization
is all about. The Executive Director of this organization was inspired
by memories of her mother. She feels that if her mom had the kind of
support that Elizabeth Haven Community Projects offers her life would
have perhaps turned out a lot differently. This organization was birthed
out of the hope that it will help girls to achieve new levels in their
life and to discover the treasures, gifts, and abilities within
themselves that are just waiting to be uncovered. The most recent
function I attended was a fashion show in which the girls modeled
various fashion attire. Initially some of the girls were shy and a
little reserved, however by the finale all of the girls exhibited such
confidence that the audience was "wowed" off their feet. You could tell
by the way the girls walked and their countenance that they had
discovered the greatness inside them and the influence they had on the
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EXCERPT FROM LETTER TO VICTORIA OCHICHE, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, FROM FORMER CAMPER WHO NOW VOLUNTEERS WITH CAMP ELIZABETH AS A COUNSELOR
This camp I discovered something
about myself, and it was that I stopped dreaming.
. . . . . . . . . I never expected or ever anticipated
these girls to change my life as much as they have.
I want to thank you wholeheartedly
for trusting me enough to be apart of Elizabeth Haven and thank you for being apart
of my life.
UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON
Office of University Communication Houston, TX 77204-5017 Fax: 713/743-8199
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Richard Bonnin
July 31, 2008 713/743-8155 (office)
BEYOND BARS: UH SUMMER CAMP OFFERS HOPE TO GIRLS WITH
Two-Year-Old Camp Elizabeth Program Aims to Break Cycle of Crime,
Boost Self-Esteem of Young Girls
HOUSTON, July 31, 2008 — A summer residential camp under way at the University of Houston is working to break the cycle of crime within families, taking particular aim at addressing the needs of girls between the ages of 13 and 17 who have parents or other close relatives in prison.
The need for such a program is borne out in sobering statistics. On any given day in the United States, there are more than two million minor children with an incarcerated parent, according to the Center for Children of Incarcerated Parents. More than seven million children have a parent under some form of correctional supervision.
Separation from parents by prison can be devastating to children, resulting in feelings of abandonment, sadness and anger, and can lead to eating and sleeping disorders, lower academic performance and disruptive behavior. Studies show that children of prisoners are six times more likely to go to prison than their peers. They are seven times more likely to be involved in the criminal justice system.
Volunteer counselors, a forensic psychologist and a professional clinical therapist are addressing the issue by giving of their time and expertise to Camp Elizabeth, now in its second year.
The program is named in memory of Jane Elizabeth Wynn, a single mother of 10 children who as a young woman emerged from an abusive relationship with her former husband to receive training and employment in a clerical position in the twilight years of her life.
Twenty-seven girls were selected for the weeklong camp from a list provided by Prison Fellowship (a 32-year-old organization that serves prison inmates and their families). In addition, some of the campers are from families displaced by Hurricane Katrina who continue to experience anxiety. All camp costs are covered by donations.
Trina Gordon, a forensic psychology adjunct professor at the University of Houston-Victoria, will be the keynote speaker when the camp concludes Friday (Aug. 1). Anitra Shelton-Quinn, assistant professor of school psychology at UH-Victoria, is involved with the camp as a consultant, dorm counselor and camp clinical therapist. She also is on the board of directors of Elizabeth Haven, the nonprofit organization that is putting on the camp.
Girls in the camp receive guidance and a caring perspective from volunteer counselors from Houston, Dallas, Louisiana and Maryland. All counselors must undergo a background check and a volunteer training session. The girls are housed in campus dorms.
“Our goal is to build self-esteem,” Shelton-Quinn said. “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. That’s where Camp Elizabeth comes in.”
In addition to building self-esteem, the camp helps participants learn coping strategies to better deal with the stress of having someone they love in prison. Counseling and physical fitness activities also are part of the program. The camp concludes at 1 p.m. Friday (Aug. 1) with a fashion show and tea in which the participants will model and keep new outfits picked out for them by camp staff.
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