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New Baby Haven gives hope to moms and babies

$3.8 million raised by local foundations and donors for therapeutic early childhood education center for infants with mothers in addiction recovery

AURORA, Colo. (April 5, 2011) –“I’m here to change my life and to be a better mother and a better woman,” said Shay, a resident at The Haven, a University of Colorado School of Medicine clinical care center that serves women with serious substance abuse problems and addictions. She held her baby and spoke from her heart. “This program has opened my eyes—I’m blessed to be here.” Thanks to nearly three years of planning, a $500,000 gift from The Anschutz Foundation and generous donations from 27 other foundations and individual donors, and with help from the CU Foundation, $3.8M was successfully raised to build a new 9,000-square-foot Baby Haven Therapeutic Early Childhood Education Center for babies of moms going through treatment at The Haven. The grand opening will take place on April 8, 2011.

WHAT:   The new Baby Haven, a licensed child care facility for children up to the age of five, allows more women like Shay and their babies to benefit from the program. This state-of-the art facility provides the prevention program with the opportunity to become Qualistar rated. Once obtained, the Baby Haven will be the only child care center of its kind in the state of Colorado, designed specifically to treat drug-exposed infants and children.

The Baby Haven provides a greater range of services to nurture and stimulate babies and ensure their mothers’ development as parents. And the space allows for more than twice the number of infants to be served—from 16 to 40. Children served in the past were only 0-12 months in age; now, the new Baby Haven can provide for children 0-5 years of age. The children can stay in a safe environment for the first five years of their lives when they are most at risk.

WHO:     Friends of the Haven is a non profit organization that was created with the sole purpose of providing financial and volunteer support for The Haven and its programs. In early 2008, Friends of the Haven initiated a capital campaign to secure the financial resources to build a new Baby Haven complex, expanding and improving care for babies.

The State of Colorado pledged the land for the new Baby Haven on the Fort Logan campus where the five Haven programs are located. Because it’s a new building on a historic campus, The Baby Haven was designed to blend in to its environment and match the other structures.

WHERE:  Fort Logan Campus
Auditorium in the “B” Building
3550 West Oxford Avenue
Denver, CO 80236
Enter the north doors of the four-story building directly accessing the auditorium.

**Tours of the new Baby Haven at 3610 West Princeton Circle (one block south of the auditorium) will follow after the ceremony.

WHEN:     Friday, April 8 10:00 a.m.