Faith Haven receives $100,000 donation

Daily Journal report

Faith Haven in Lee County is one of three recent recipients of an anonymous donor's generosity.

The emergency shelter home for abused, abandoned or neglected children received a $100,000 gift from a Northeast Mississippi businessman who asked that his identity not be revealed.

It's the largest single gift to Faith Haven since the home opened in 1977, said Executive Director Kathryn McGhee.

She said the donation was a surprise when the donor walked into her office with a check in hand.

McGhee said the donor told her he is the same person who made anonymous gifts announced earlier of $100,000 each to Palmer Home in Columbus and Hope Village in Meridian, which both provide services to children in need.

Faith Haven provides complete care in a temporary foster shelter setting for children in crisis. Children are received in Faith Haven any time of the day or night as necessity arises.

“While placed at Faith Haven, the physical needs of the children are met through proper food, clothing, and needed medical treatment,” said McKee. “Emotional needs are supported through the giving of needed love, guidance and counseling.”

Faith Haven served 145 children during 2008 and has remained at full capacity of 13 this year, McKee said, and has had to turn some children away.

The donation has already allowed one part-time position at Faith Haven to be made full time, and other uses of the money will be determined soon, McKee said, including possible expansion of the facility.

McKee said the donor told her he “wanted the precious children' to be taken care of.”