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Brena Slater, Safe Children Coalition President and CEO

President's Message

The hardest kids come to our shelter.

I’ve worked in child welfare services for more than 30 years, but where I got my start was in a youth shelter with juveniles who seemed to have lost their way. I know firsthand how a caring adult, along with the right individual and family counseling and therapy can create a new beginning for youth who can go on to become productive citizens in our community.

But. We don’t give up on them. Ever. Through a structured program and curriculum, we give them guidance, hope, and a chance to become who they were meant to be.

No matter why teens come to us, our mission is to get them reunified with family, or to find the most appropriate care for them that allows them to thrive.

Sometimes teens come to us because they are truant or ungovernable. Or they come to us because of a mental health issue where parents are no longer able to cope with their behaviors. Or they may come to us because they are court ordered.

Please join us as we build the Safe Children Coalition Youth Shelter. Your contribution to the campaign will help us give teens in our community the hope they need to create a better life for themselves and their families for generations to come.

Brena Slater, President and CEO

Invest in the Safe Children Coalition Youth Shelter

A PLACE FOR NEW BEGINNINGS

In July 2021, Safe Children Coalition purchased 4-acres of property located at 4409 Sawyer Road in Sarasota. After many years of discussion regarding the need for a new shelter, the Board of Directors approved moving forward with a capital campaign to build an appropriate program facility. From August 2021 to March 2022, the SCC Board, management, and youth shelter staff conducted due diligence to determine the most appropriate building layout for maximum program usage, construction timeline, and cost of the facility. As a result of this due diligence, we have launched the Quiet Phase of the Youth Shelter Capital Campaign. 

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CAMPAIGN GIVING LEVELS

LEADERSHIP LEVEL CAMPAIGN DONORS

  • Visionary $1,000,000+
  • Patron $500,000 - $999,999
  • Transformer $250,000 – $499,999
  • Trailblazer $100,000 – $249,999

MAJOR GIFT LEVEL CAMPAIGN DONORS

  • Principal $50,000 – $99,999
  • Champion $25,000 – $49,999 

BENEFACTOR LEVEL CAMPAIGN DONORS

  • Pillar $10,000 – $24,999
  • Friend $5,000 – $9,999
  • Sustainer $1,000 – $4,999
  • Supporter Under $1,000 

There are many ways to make a meaningful gift to the youth shelter campaign.  Contact us to discuss the various naming opportunities or explore new possibilities that best align with your interests.  

Jacqueline House, MBA CFRE 
Vice President, Communications & Community Engagement 
Office: 941-371-4799 ext. 1127 
Cell: 941-894-2382 
E-Mail: jhouse@sccfl.org

We are thankful for our leadership level and early investors in our campaign to build a new youth shelter. 

Thank You to Our Donors