Hailey’s Haven, Inc. is a registered non profit corporation and IRS designated 501(c)(3) charity, established to
assist children and teens going through a difficult life transition
while helping them maintain their self-worth and dignity by providing necessities to support their mind, body and spirit. Currently Hailey’s Haven is working within Monmouth and Essex Counties, New Jersey. However, the plan is to expand to other counties in the near future.
A Little Bit About Hailey
Hailey O’Donnell is a 16 year old junior at Rumson Fair Haven Regional High School in Rumson, NJ. She lives with her mom, dad, three year old brother (TJ) and the family dog (Mr. Magoo). She loves to spend time with her family and
friends, learn, travel both domestic and internationally, and is on a competitive ice hockey team.
From when she was very young giving back to those in need has always been her passion. She tries to lead by example and believes in the power of kindness and empathy.
When Hailey completed her needs assessment with her mom at The Division of Youth and Family Services she quickly realized teens would often leave their homes without their belongings because they were more concerned that their younger siblings had their essentials. If they were able to take anything for themselves it would be in a plastic bag. Hailey began to think about what she could do to help empower them. From this came Hailey’s Haven, a unique non-profit program comprised of teens helping teens.
Hailey’s Haven is more than just a book bag. Each bag is thoughtfully picked out by Hailey and other teens. It includes the essentials they feel is needed to support the mind, body and spirit of another teen during the transition from their home to a foster home. It has items that you can find any teen using throughout the day. Book bags and enclosed items are in style and do not have any organizations name on them. Also, each bag has a hand-written inspirational note from Hailey.
It is Hailey’s vision that each teen gains some hope for their new future with the book bag and that it helps empower them in their journey.
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The placement bags for teens are amazing! The teens appreciate the toiletries and are so thankful! The bags are full of basic necessities that are essential to the youth. The teens also love the special notes.
We are so thankful for the Teen Bags! We have had so many youth that are grateful for all of the items that are placed in the individual bags.
The youth appreciate having toiletries & items that are all new and they can call their own. The bags make a difficult situation easier. The teens love the positive notes and words of encouragement. The Division is grateful to have Hailey’s Haven donations at our Shore Store.