Haven House Executive Director Marti Jones, left, accepts a check for more than $500 from Conway Christian Schools President Jason Carson. (Hilary Andrews, staff photo)
Conway Christian President Jason Carson presented a check for more than $500 to Haven House Executive Director Marti Jones on Tuesday.
“We are a residential group home for adolescent girls in foster care,” Jones said. “All the girls that come to live at Haven have been removed from their home by DHS [Department of Human Services] and they live with us.”
Haven House, she said, has 12 girls at a time living in the shelter, around 100 girls throughout the year.
Jones said the nonprofit has been in Conway for about 30 years. Part of Counseling Associates Inc., she said the girls — in addition to the live-in services — receive therapy to help them through the trauma and abuse they have encountered which led them to Haven House.
Jones said they are extremely grateful for the generous donation.
“One of my favorite things in the world is to see kids helping kids,” she said. “I think it’s a really great thing and I think when you can teach a child to invest in somebody other than themselves at that age, it sticks with them forever.”
Carson said the school listens to parents, who are out in the community, often. So when someone brought the idea to serve Haven House to their attention, they jumped on it.
“We felt like it was a no brainer for us,” he said.
Carson said for him personally, his family is involved in the foster care system — he said Gov. Asa Hutchinson has done a great job of promoting the need of in the state of Arkansas — and helping a nonprofit that needed it was one reason Conway Christian donated the money.
“As people of faith, God’s very clear on helping the widows and the least of these so we felt like we wanted our kids to learn that lesson as well,” he said.
Organizations like Haven House and Soaring Wings Ranch, which also serves children who are abused, abandoned, neglected or in need of a family-support structure, Carson said, make the community a better place.