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HarborLight Online
A newsletter from Children's Harbor

November  2015
CEO Message

In May 2015, I was honored to become the CEO for Children's Harbor.  The incredible support from the organization's board of  directors, committed staff, and caring community have taken Children's Harbor from an idea to a strong nonprofit agency with a  solid reputation for providing child welfare prevention and residential services.  Building on this foundation, we have been focused on streamlining processes and diversifying our funding streams. 

Over the past six months, Children's Harbor has implemented an online training platform and electronic health records with plans to bring on an online payroll solution early next year.  In addition, our efforts to expand our programmatic reach have been successful. Children's Harbor was recently awarded a $5 million,5-year grant from the Department of Health & Human Services, Administration for Children and Families. The grant, entitled True North, will help 200 young adults, age 18 to 23, who have been involved in the foster care system, forge pathways to healthy relationships and economic stability. 
As we expand to serve more at-risk children, youth, and families, your continued support of Children's Harbor is crucial. You can help by telling a friend about us, asking your colleagues to like us on Facebook, attending our fundraising events, coordinating a holiday drive, or mentoring a child. Thank you for being part of the Children's Harbor family.  

Dr. Elizabeth Wynter

Safe Harbor Society
With an absent father and a mother struggling with mental health and substance use issues, Laura, at 6 was left alone at home to care for her 2 year old sibling. Thanks to the love and support at Children's Harbor, Laura is doesn't have to be the parent. She gets to be a child.
The Safe Harbor Society was launched to help Children's Harbor fill the funding gap and to address the everyday needs of siblings like Laura and her brother.  And to  ensure that Children's Harbor continues to keep brothers and sister together, helping them heal physically and emotionally, and helping them to grow into strong, caring, self-sufficient adults.   

Every day children are removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect, and abandonment.  In Broward County, there are more than 3,400 children in the child welfare system; 95% of them come into the foster as part of a sibling group. Sadly, an estimated 50% of children in foster care are separated from at least one sibling.

Family Fun Day at CH!

More than 100 children and families enjoyed Family Fun Day at Children's Harbor sponsored by Weston Velo, a local cycling  club. Kirstie Bolitho and Alfredo Aguirre, Weston Velo members, reached out to Children's Harbor with the hopes of giving  children in foster care new bikes.   

With the support of Alex's Pro Bicycle Shop, Weston Velo members and their sponsors raised enough money to purchase  60 bikes worth approximately $10,000.  Members fitted shirts, adjusted helmets, barbecued and still others taught some of the children to ride. "We obviously love to ride and hopefully our enthusiasm can rub off on the kids," said Ken Solovay, one of  the founding members of the Weston Velo.  

The event was an unforgettable experience for all involved!

To see the photos, check out our Facebook page at 
And don't forget Like US on FB

Giving Thanks
In the past few months Children's Harbor has been blessed with so much good will from the community and so many beautification projects!

We'd like to take this opportunity to thank all those organizations and companies that have served our children and the campus in so many ways. 


Desire Church


Weston Velo

Church by the Glades

United Way of Broward County

Wells Fargo

University of Minnesota Alumni

Holland and Knight


Join us on
Saturday, Dec. 12 for the 
Winterfest Boat Parade Dinner 
at the Chart House in Fort Lauderdale. 

Enjoy a sumptuous 4-course dinner while viewing the  magnificent Boat Parade from the dock at the Chart House, one of the best spots in the city.
Tickets only $250 per person. 

Only 30 seats left! 

Special thanks to our Sponsors

Stephen Fuller 
Searcy Denny Scarola Barnhart & Shipley, PA
Emerald Asset Advisors
Diversified Search, Memorial Regional and Sunshine Health
Holidays at Children's Harbor


At Children's Harbor, we are so grateful to all who donate presents for our kids.If you'd like to make a difference this holiday season, please consider giving a Gift Card that will allow the children to buy what they want. They can be for any amount, to any store. This way our children can have the pleasure of buying something for themselves. 


Or if you'd like to donate to the holiday fund, please click here and put #Holiday Fund in the comments section. 

Thank you.  

Save the Date
Harbor Lights Gala       
Saturday, March 26, 2016


Children's Harbor is a 501 c3 nonprofit organization. 

Donations are tax deductible as allowed by law.

Contact Information

Children's Harbor

19425 SW 58th Manor, Pembroke Pines, FL 33332

954-252-3072 (office) 954-252-7134 (fax)

In This Issue

 Enter to win a 7-day Caribbean Cruise!


The winner will be selected at Children's  Harbor's Annual Boat Parade Fundraiser on Saturday, December 12, 2014.


Winner need not be present to win!

  Enter now!

Upcoming Events
Winterfest Boat Parade Dinner at Chart House
Saturday, December 12
6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. 
Chart House
Eat a sumputous meal while watching the Fort Lauderdale Boat Parade from the best spot in the city.  Details

Gimme A Burger Children's Harbor Weekend Special  
Pembroke Pines
Thursday Nov 12 - 15
Register at and mention Children's Harbor at this location and 25% of your purchase will be donated to Children's Harbor. 

Partners Who Care


The Shops at Pembroke Gardens has designated Children's Harbor as the beneficiary of their wishing fountains! 

Partnerships like these help put smiles on the faces at Children's Harbor.

Thank you!