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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Stacie Larson
6 months ago

You have my vote hands down! Good luck and God bless you for your work and dedication to these kids.

Dalia (Dolly))
6 months ago

This would be awesome in helping those children.. A God blessed Vote

Michelle Ackroyd
6 months ago

Looks like a great Organization!

Andrew V
7 months ago

great job

Sheri Tharp
7 months ago

Thank you Edie

Sarah Oliver
7 months ago

I can’t think of a more worthy organization! Andrea, thank you for all you do for San Juan County!!!

Leila Gosney
7 months ago

Great Company, provides good service to customers and the community.

Linda
7 months ago

Child haven is a comprehensive organization supporting children who have experienced abuse and neglect. Our community is fortunate to have such an organization that gives children hope and a future.

Laura Laura Werbner
7 months ago

Childhaven sure deserves this! Thank you for all you do in our community.

Judy
7 months ago

A much needed service in our community

Chase Lakefish
7 months ago

Good luck

CHAR
7 months ago

MAKE EACH VOTE COUNT

VirginiaJones
7 months ago

Thank you for all you do.

Anna Newbern O'Connor
7 months ago

This organization helps so many within our communities. It’s an amazing resource!

Kaitlyn
7 months ago

Excited❤️

Marissa Shorty
7 months ago

This is awesome!

Cassandra
7 months ago

❤️❤️

Rhiannon Nez
7 months ago

Good job making a difference in the community! ❤️

Martha
7 months ago

❤️

Edie Crow
7 months ago

We did it!!!!!!! Thank you all so very much for your support of this wonderful organization!!!!!!!!!!!

Yoda
7 months ago

Accomplished her task; Edie has !!!

Jackie Newberry
7 months ago

How sweet!

Jackie Montano
7 months ago

Soo happy!

Jackie Montano
7 months ago

This is awesome!

Bbwhite
7 months ago

Dadio

Arlene
7 months ago

Let’s go Childhaven

Sam
7 months ago

5 votes y’all we can do this!!

Sydney
7 months ago

We’re almost there!

Marsha
7 months ago

Childhaven fills a need in our community.

Ashley
7 months ago

8 votes away! We can do this!!!

matthew brimhall
7 months ago

Great work Edie!

Ashley
7 months ago

Getting so close!!

Ruth Gallegos
7 months ago

Wonderful!

Ruth Gallegos
7 months ago

Awesome job Childhaven!

Chris Carlson
7 months ago

Our church worked for years making bears for Childhaven. The admin was so easy to interact with. It was such a loving place.

Galadriel Currin
7 months ago

Go Childhaven

Allcorn Jacqueline
7 months ago

Child Haven is amaaaaazing!!!

Tracey
7 months ago

❤️

Shelbi
7 months ago
Shelbi
7 months ago

I love childhaven!

Allcorn Jacqueline
7 months ago

Please pick Child Haven!!

Melodi
7 months ago

Thank you Edie for all you have done for Childhaven!

Martia Glass
7 months ago

Child Haven provides a nurturing, safe home for children in need.

Ruth Gallegos
7 months ago

Childhaven!

Jmhowle@msn.com
7 months ago

The staff is amazing, so caring and knowledgeable!

Krystal
7 months ago

Yea! So close!!

Edie Crow
7 months ago

You all are wonderful!!!!!!!!!

David
7 months ago

Supporting!!!!

Robert
7 months ago

Proud to know and support all of these people and the meaning behind it.

Diane
7 months ago

❤️

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