MISSION, VISION & VALUES
Valley Haven is a 501(c)(3) emergency children's shelter in the Rio Grande Valley that protects, guides, and nurtures abused and neglected children by providing them a safe and loving home.
Valley Haven envisions a world where victims of child abuse, neglect and/or abandonment are given the opportunity to heal in a safe environment and end conditions that perpetuate never-ending cycles of abuse.
While protecting, guiding and nurturing children at our home, we also strive to deepen their commitment to the social values of kindness, helpfulness, personal responsibility, and respect for others, as we believe these values to be essential to leading healthy and productive lives in the future.
STATISTICS ON CHILD ABUSE
The number of children and youth who suffer from abuse, neglect and/or abandonment is a growing concern for not only the Rio Grande Valley, but the state of Texas and the entire United States. Valley Haven believes this should be recognized not only as a child welfare issue, but as a public health issue. The following statistics were obtained from The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services' 2017 report of
In 2017, only
of children were placed in shelters located in their originating county.
of emotional, physical, and/or sexual abuse were reported.
STATISTICS ON CHILD ABUSE
The number of children and youth who suffer from abuse, neglect and/or abandonment is a growing concern for not only the Rio Grande Valley, but the state of Texas and the entire United States. Valley Haven believes this should be recognized not only as a child welfare issue, but as a public health issue. The following statistics were obtained from The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services' report of child abuse, neglect and abandonment cases in Region 11 in 2017.
children were placed in substitute care.
In 2017, there were
cases of emotional, physical, and/or sexual abuse reported.
In 2017, only
of sibling groups in substitute care in Region 11 were placed together.
The idea to open up Valley Haven first began in 2015 when Gracie Bradwell and Kristen Millon, became Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA Volunteers) in Cameron County. During their CASA training, they became aware of the staggering statistics and lack of resources available for children in the Rio Grande Valley (RGV) when they are removed from their homes by Child Protective Services (CPS) due to abuse, neglect and/or abandonment. After much consideration and research into this service area, Bradwell and Millon, joined by Pamela Alvarez, began their journey to obtaining a 501(c )(3) nonprofit status for Valley Haven.
With the tremendous team effort of family, friends, and volunteers, Valley Haven opened its doors and began operating as the region's first emergency children's shelter in February 2018. Our 6,600-square-foot house is capable of providing a home to 36 children (ages 0-17) at any given time. Valley Haven's priority is to address the local need of victims of abuse in the RGV, however, we also house children from around the state of Texas.
Valley Haven is proud to be one of the only shelters in Texas that prioritizes keeping siblings together in our emergency children's shelter, and offers this opportunity to all siblings across Texas.
Before Valley Haven opened its doors in February 2018, most of the children who were removed from their homes by CPS due to child abuse, neglect or abandonment were transported to emergency children's shelters 3+ hours away in other cities such as Corpus Christi, Laredo, Houston, San Antonio, and Dallas. In addition to being transported hours away from their hometowns, victims of abuse were often separated from their siblings and placed in shelters in different cities across Texas. Valley Haven was established to help bridge this gap in the RGV and to keep siblings that come into our care safe, cared for and together!
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Manuel Gomez III
Chief Executive Officer(CEO)
Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
Valley Haven Staff
Director of Fund Development
Director of Programs
Director of Case Management