The young ladies of Girls’ Haven are celebrating after receiving a welcome gift from Harbor Healthcare Systems in the form of a brand new study room.
The official ribbon cutting ceremony for the new study room was March 22 at 1 p.m. at the facility locted on Fannin Street in Beaumont. The recently renovated room features fresh paint, new computers with printers, lovely decorations and comfortable furniture. This room was designed to offer the residents a safe and practical environment for their studies and homework.
Girls’ Haven of Beaumont is a residential operation that aspires to turn tragedy into triumph by providing a safe, nurturing environment for girls affected by physical, sexual or emotional abuse, neglect, abandonment, exploitation or severe family dysfunction. Harbor Healthcare donated all funds for the renovation and completion of the room, and its staff volunteered time to assemble the furniture, paint and remodel the room, and install the computer equipment.
“We love the people of this community,” explained Brenna Rodriguez, director of business development for Harbor Healthcare. “Harbor has been blessed to grow so quickly, and we are always looking for ways to give back, regardless if the people in need are outside the scope of what we do. Girls’ Haven has a tremendous impact on our community, and Harbor wants to help amplify it.”
“The room just looks awesome,” exclaimed Alice Teeler, Girls’ Haven executive director. “The Harbor people were just great. They had a vested interest in our girls and genuinely wanted to help them succeed. The kids are ecstatic. Having this environment and the new equipment will aid their growth, and we are thankful for that. Our desire here at Girls’ Haven is just to take care of people, and it’s an incredible thing when you develop a kinship with another company that shares your values and views in ministering to others.”
“I love giving back,” Rodriguez asserted. “Harbor loves giving back. It’s awesome to be with a company that helps foster that belief, but most importantly, that wants to legitimately help without benefit to itself. We all need to step up. We can change the world if more and more people decided to have an impact and change one life at a time. Hopefully this philosophy won’t be just taught, but also caught. … Maybe one day, one of the girls will see what someone else has done, and then they too will decide to make a difference for someone else.”
“My girls deserve this,” Teeler said at the ribbon-cutting event.
Beaumont Mayor Becky Ames cut the ribbon at the ceremony and thanked Harbor Healthcare Systems for their contribution to Girls’ Haven. Ames often appears at Girls’ Haven events and said the organization holds a dear place in her heart.
“I am happy to be here,” Ames said at the gathering. “The study room turned out great!”
Girls’ Haven holds many annual fundraisers and will be hosting a golf tournament in May. To help or get involved, visit www.girlshaveninc.org  or call (409) 832-6223. To visit Harbor Healthcare Systems, click on www.harborhcs.com  or call (409) 813-2332.