On June 7th, Community Service Programs (CSP), a nonprofit organization committed to providing high-quality counseling and support services to struggling OC children and families at their greatest time of need, celebrated their 10th anniversary of re-opening the doors of the Huntington Beach Youth Shelter, a short-term intervention “safe-haven” for runaway, homeless and at-risk children ages 11-17.
CSP recognized honorees for their notable involvement and support of CSP’s Huntington Beach Youth Shelter, including:
NuVision Federal Credit Union received the “Outstanding Service Award” for ten years of ongoing work and dedication in helping support the Huntington Beach Youth Shelter.
Chief Robert Handy, Huntington Beach Police Department and a Huntington Beach resident,received the “Distinguished Partner Award” for the collaborative work and dedication he has shown in support of the Huntington Beach Youth Shelter and serving children in crisis.
Car Pros KIA Huntington Beach received the “Philanthropist Award” in recognition for their continued financial support, totaling over $50,000, and their commitment to helping Huntington Beach Youth Shelter youth in crisis over the last five years.
Alexandra Woravka, a Huntington Beach resident, received the “Unsung Hero Award” for exemplifying a spirit of volunteerism and commitment. Since 2014, Woravka has taken on the Huntington Beach Youth Shelter as her very own, contributing to fundraising events and making sure the shelter is fully equipped with everything that is needed.
Elaine Tjalsma received the “Inspiration Award” to celebrate her long-term commitment and contributions to the Huntington Beach Youth Shelter. Tjalma brings her therapy dog, Jackson, to visit youth at the shelter on Saturdays.
Mary Louise Shattuck, a Huntington Beach resident, received the “Legacy Award” for her work with Elsa Greenfield, program director of Community Service Programs’ Huntington Beach Youth Shelter.
Steve Engel, a Huntington Beach resident, received the “Stand By Me Award” for “standing by” the Huntington Beach Youth Shelter for the last ten years. Ten years ago, Steve advocated for CSP to be awarded the contract for the house. He has also supported the shelter’s fundraising efforts by endorsing the shelter and encouraging his employer, The Boeing Company, to join in his support.
Since opening its doors ten years ago in June, the CSP Huntington Beach Youth Shelter has helped over 1,100 homeless, runaway and struggling Orange County youth, most who are trying to cope with issues kids should never face, such as early-childhood trauma, along with their families. The trained staff has an excellent success rate of reuniting children with their families, over 90 percent, by finding solutions to their very complex problems.
The CSP Huntington Beach Youth Shelter, along with the CSP Laguna Beach Youth Shelter, is not just a place to stay, as they provide a place for homeless, runaway and at-risk youth 24/7, 365 days a year.
For more information on Community Service Programs and its Huntington Beach Youth Shelter, please visit www.cspinc.org.