Watkins Supports Local Shelter with Transitional Housing
Our Watkins Wellness team has supported New Haven Youth & Family Services for more than 10 years. Serving the area’s families and individuals since 1967, New Haven works to transform the lives of at-risk adolescent boys through an innovative education model that develops work and life skills in a healthy environment.
Being directly adjacent to Watkins headquarters in Vista, the nonprofit has become very important to the Watkins staff and as such has received both in-kind and financial contributions from the organization and its individual employees, ranging from a washer/dryer set to donations in last year’s Champions for Youth fundraiser. Recently, Silvia Rocha-Espino, Vice President of People Services & Culture, Stella Patterson, Manager, People & Culture Business Partner, and Nadia Guerrero, Sr. Employee Experience Specialist, all toured New Haven’s newest home for boys, which was in part made possible with the financial support of Watkins.
Watkins’ 2021 grant to New Haven will support the Short Term Residential Treatment Program (STRTP), New Haven’s newest project. The housing in this program serves older adolescent youth aged 17-19 in San Diego County, many of whom have been part of the foster system and youth placement programs. New Haven’s programs provide youth with the tools necessary for them to gain responsibility in career planning, work and home life, money management including budgeting and savings, as well as achieving housing, health care, nutrition, transportation and relationship readiness. Plus, the program works with additional area nonprofits to ensure a smooth transition for each individual once they leave the STRTP.