Wrapping Families in Love
Attendees to our auction event in October were fortunate to hear the story of guest speaker Morgan Black Crow. “Tonight,” she began, “I am speaking to you not only as a Childhaven parent but also a Native American. I am an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux tribe.”
Morgan went on to describe her early life in South Dakota; her experience attending a Native American boarding school; and the birth of her two children in the midst of a relationship tinged with domestic violence. She discovered Childhaven through her involvement with the Family Treatment Court in King County. Below, we share an excerpt from Morgan’s speech that discusses her relationship with Childhaven.
The first thought that comes to mind about Childhaven is that this program is creating real change. The staff here are some of the most genuine people I’ve ever met.
All of us remember the meals at Childhaven. My kids still recall the fish with tartar sauce.
After all the stress they went through with their father, both of my children struggled with their emotions when they were young. They both remember their father’s violence, and watching their father make me cry. So as they got older, they acted out a lot and sometimes became aggressive. Childhaven’s teachers helped them a great deal. They constantly gave the kids different tools to use to express their emotions.
We attended family therapy sessions. I learned how to talk to my kids at their level, pay attention to their needs and respond. Childhaven gave me and my kids hope that carried us through a lot.
My son Jasiah grew up here. He came to Childhaven as an infant and was supported through multiple milestones by his teachers. I remember him learning to ride a balance bike at Childhaven at the age of 2.
Eventually the kids began to make friends in the program. They still have some of those friends today!
Today, my daughter Sapphire is 11. She’s in the 6th grade, in the Highly Capable Classes. She loves helping others. She is caring, creative, and hands-on. She is sentimental like me, and I’m very proud of her.
My son Jasiah is now 8, and he’s in the 3rd grade. He’s a born leader.
I’m so proud of his ability to do things on his own, and to try new things. He set the bar in 1st grade and helped all the kids in his class with math. Childhaven created a genius!
Childhaven is aimed at trauma and creating a safe environment. They showed me that organizations do care about people, and they really help meet kids where they’re at. The program takes families who need help and wraps them in love. My family is only one of many who have been changed through
partnership with Childhaven.
Thank you, Childhaven, for everything.
Thank you Auction Sponsors!
This year’s auction was an extraordinary success, raising over $677,000 to support our programs for children and families! We couldn’t have done it without the help of our amazing sponsors:
Weisbarth & Associates
Delta Dental of WA
Express Employment Professionals
First Choice Health
Friedman Rubin Trial Lawyers /
Cheryl Snow and Jon Holland
A very special thank you to our fantastic auction co-chairs Rachel Esquerra and Paulette Lemon, as well as the entire auction committee.
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WITH PLANNED GIFTS, PUBLIC SERVANT LEAVES BEHIND A LEGACY OF IMPACT
Despite the relatively modest salary he earned working for Child Protective Services in Washington State, Seattle native Alan Naiman quietly amassed a fortune that he left behind to a group of local nonprofits when he passed away earlier this year.
Childhaven is proud to be among the beneficiaries of this incredible gesture of generosity. “The way Alan lived, nobody would have ever suspected that he was going to leave this gigantic legacy,” said Shashi Karan, executor of Alan’s estate and a longtime friend. “He lived such a simple life and his frugality was legendary.”
As a former accountant, Naiman was frugal and smart with his money. And just like his hero Warren Buffet, he knew how to make it grow through investments.
Born and raised in Seattle, Alan attended the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington, and earned an MBA from the University of Puget Sound. From the start of his career he was dedicated to the well-being of youth. A foster parent and mentor to dozens of children through a variety of programs, he dedicated his life to those among us with the highest needs. He joined CPS in 1995, and remained there until his retirement.
Alan’s friends had no idea that he was secretly planning to leave behind an even greater impact.
“He asked for ideas of places that he could donate, but I had no idea how much,” said Mary Monahan, a longtime friend and colleague. “I am overwhelmed by the amount of good he did and continues to do. He just kept it so secret. It wasn’t anything he ever talked about.” Alan Naiman passed away in his Seattle home on January 8 of this year, surrounded by friends and family. He was 63 years old.
Not only will Naiman’s planned giving provide essential support to youth in foster care and vulnerable children, it will also provide life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses, equine-assisted therapy, and medical care to thousands of children across Washington state and beyond. Rest in peace, Alan.
Interested in planning a legacy gift?
If you would like to more information about planned giving through Childhaven’s Roots and Wings Society, please contact Kristi Nelson at KristiN@Childhaven.org or 206-957-4814.
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