Bringing safety and stability to children’s lives

Zenity Insurance reached their goal of 500 votes + shares to earn $10,000 for Childhaven, but they didn’t stop there. With the help of two additional donors, they tripled the donation to $30,000 to help provide safe shelter for kids. See their feature on page 34 of The Charity Issue of Insurance Journal.

Since it first opened as an emergency shelter for abused and neglected children in 1969, Childhaven has steadily grown from one program to seven, now meeting the needs of more than a thousand children and families throughout the Four Corner’s region. Today Childhaven offers the full gamut of services – everything from child advocacy and protection to foster care, therapy and parent education.

Bringing safety and stability to children’s lives
Edie Crow (left) with Childhaven development director Andrea Peña.

Filling a gap in crisis care for kids

Childhaven filled in a gap left in 1966 when the San Juan Episcopal Mission had to close Farmington’s only children’s shelter due to lack of funding. The need was severe: after the closure, it was common to see neglected children lingering in bars or roaming the streets in the middle of the night.

 

Childhaven pulled those children off the streets, giving them a safe place to sleep, eat and heal. From its humble beginnings as an emergency shelter, it has steadily grown, adding new facilities and services over the years, including advocacy for children in distress, a foster care program and court-appointed special advocates (CASA) to help children navigate the court systems.

 

Supporting vulnerable children also means supporting families. To that end, Childhaven offers free classes to parents and caregivers looking to develop nurturing parenting skills. It also provides therapy and respite care for parents of children with significant behavioral or mental health issues.

 

“We’re committed to our mission of lifting children from crisis to hope, but it takes a wide variety of services and contributions to make that happen.”

– Erin Hourihan, CEO of Childhaven

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Edie Crow’s daughter played the part of the Easter Bunny at the egg hunt Zenity Insurance sponsored for the children at Childhaven.

Bringing moments of Zenity to the kids

Over the past couple of years, Zenity Insurance owner Edie Crow has become an ardent contributor to the Childhaven cause.

 

“I got involved right before COVID shut everything down,” says Crow. “Initially I had planned to cook dinner for kids in the shelter once a month, but the pandemic forced us to change things up.”

 

On a few occasions, Childhaven has called on Crow to help when children are brought into the shelter without clothes or personal items. On a moment’s notice, she’s gone out to buy them what they need on her own dime.

 

“I grew up in a bad household – a shelter probably would have been a better place for me, so I feel compelled to do what I can to make an unfortunate situation a little brighter for these kids.”

– Edie Crow, owner of Zenity Insurance

 

Crow has also gone the extra mile to make holidays special for the kids – especially important given the added isolation the pandemic has brought.

 

Last spring, with the help of her daughter, who graciously accepted a starring role as the Easter Bunny, Crow organized an extensive Easter egg hunt, hiding more than 300 treat-filled eggs. Last year, for Halloween, she put together a drive-thru trick-or-treating event for the kids in the strip mall where her agency is located.

 

“I grew up in a bad household – a shelter probably would have been a better place for me,” says Crow. “So I feel compelled to do what I can to make an unfortunate situation a little brighter for these kids.”

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Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Edie

Santa brings the toys, but who brings Santa? When it comes to Childhaven, that’d be Edie Crow.

For Christmas 2020, Crow delivered Santa and his elfin helper to the children’s shelter, along with some seasonal snacks. The kids were thrilled. With COVID restrictions in place, Crow had to stand outside and wave to them through the windows, but it was a joy all the same – for everyone involved.

 

What does Childhaven want for Christmas? 500 votes on this story would be a wonderful start. Vote by posting a supportive message below or sharing the story on social media using the buttons on the left. Two local businesses – including Zenity’s next-door neighbor, Star Collision Center – have offered to match our $10,000 donation if the story hit its 500-vote target. That means Childhaven could receive as much as $30,000! Want to learn more these amazing folks? Visit Childhaven and Zenity Insurance online.

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Morgan Sexton
2 months ago

❤️

Edie Crow
2 months ago

So excited!!!!

sandy
2 months ago

Thank you Edie for everything you do for the community and your clients. As one of your clients, I can say that I appreciate you very much. May you reach your goal!

Andrea
2 months ago

What a great way to make a difference!

Andrea
2 months ago

Let’s keep these votes coming! Your comments=more votes!

Edie Crow
2 months ago

First official day! Thanks everyone!!!

Tiana
2 months ago
Connie Dinning
2 months ago

What a wonderful story, and what an amazing asset Childhaven is to our community!

Adam
2 months ago

Wow! I am so glad that there has been so much growth and ability to effect the community in such a positive way! I hope that you guys get the matching donations! ❤️

DAVID R. BRANNAN
2 months ago

I had to spend 3 months in jail till my case went through psychologists and court before being placed in foster care. A place like Child Haven would have been so less traumatic.

Melissa
2 months ago

Childhaven does great work helping children! From their Children’s Advocacy Centers in San Juan County and satellite (Hummingbird CAC) in McKinley County, to their CASA volunteer program, children’s shelter, and so many other services to the community, Childhaven is so deserving of support.

Cathy Caswell
2 months ago

Childhaven’s story is such a magnificent story, and Childhaven will always be near and dear to my heart ❤️ for the many wonderful things it does for our kids!

Rosalyn
2 months ago

Childhaven is near and dear to my heart!

Tedra Liessmann
2 months ago

Childhaven serves an important need for our community, not only with the shelter but additional services. I have been on the Childhaven board and I know how hard everyone works to make the shelter a warm and safe place for the children. Please support this wonderful organization!

Melissa Porch
2 months ago

Thank you Edie and Andrea for all you do!

Dustin Porch
2 months ago

How wonderful! Keep sharing to keep votes coming in for Childhaven!

Connect Space
2 months ago

Amazing!

Info
2 months ago

❤️

Melissa
2 months ago

More comments = more votes! ❤️

Melissa
2 months ago

❤️

Beth
2 months ago

Good luck and thank you for the work that you do.

Millie Howle
2 months ago

Childhaven is a great organization. We are so grateful to have them in our community!

Kristin Swanson
2 months ago

Absolutely amazing! Thank you Zenity Insurance, Childhaven and Star Collision Center. A true example of community, teamwork and genuine love.

Amanda
2 months ago

This is so great!

Amber VanHoutan
2 months ago

Thank you ❤️

Edie
2 months ago

I’m crying with all the support!!! Thank you all so much!!!!! Spread the word!!!

Rena Pena
2 months ago

Thank you and God bless you for all you’ve done

Deanna
2 months ago

Such a wonderful cause!

Addie Betancourt
2 months ago

This is wonderful!! We absolutely love knowing that our community is willing to help Childhaven in such a huge way!

The Mandalorian
2 months ago

THIS IS THE WAY

NM Children’s Alliance
2 months ago

Childhaven is a leader in providing compassionate services to kids and families in the community! They make such a positive difference.

Lizzy Sanchez
2 months ago

Edie you are amazing!

Andrea
2 months ago

Keep up the great work ❤

Kathy Price
2 months ago

Childhaven is a wonderful service in our community

Burley G.
2 months ago

Good luck!

Diane
2 months ago

Make a difference in a child’s life – support Childhaven.

Andrea
2 months ago

Thanks to all who have voted! Don’t forget, comments here and social media shares from the links above=more votes. Make sure to vote daily!

Sean
2 months ago

This is so great!

Gena Pace
2 months ago

Thank you!!!!

Beltran Blanco
2 months ago

Happy happy joy joy

Toni
2 months ago

Great job supporting your community. Way to go!

Ronnie
2 months ago

Thank you for all you do!!

Kelly Kelso
2 months ago

Childhaven is a very important part of our community! Thanks everyone for supporting!

Joe Jacobs
2 months ago

Great work and awesome story!

Steph Caswell
2 months ago
Jeff
2 months ago

Amazing work!

Chelsea Ramey
2 months ago

Keep up the great work! These families, and mainly these kids, need your support!

Ken
2 months ago

Thank you for all you do!

Jessica
2 months ago

Awesome work!

Stella
2 months ago

Amazing!!!

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