Home for displaced young women to use funds for new computers
January 17, 2019
BEAUMONT, Texas – Girls’ Haven, the local non-profit organization that offers shelter to at-risk girls between the ages of six and 18, received a $5,000 grant from LoanStar Title Loans to buy a new computer system.
Jade Rayburn, development director of Girls’ Haven, said the money will be used to replace the Girls’ Haven existing computer system, which is used to admit girls to the home and other services. The old computers will be repurposed within Girls’ Haven.
“We’ve been having to do administrative tasks on computers that were slow and would sometimes just stop working,” Rayburn said. “It had become a huge barrier to our mission of providing a safe and loving place for these young women.”
The grant was made possible through a grant-matching initiative that LoanStar Title Loans started last year. This initiative, which matches donations up to $5,000, originally began when the Abilene United Way asked the company if it would match donations to provide a bigger impact to the charity.
Salome Stevens, a consultant with WindRiver Associates which was hired to direct community outreach for LoanStar Title Loans, said that Girls’ Haven was only able to raise $980 on Giving Tuesday this past November, which was far short of the organization’s goal to replace its computer system. Stevens said that Girls’ Haven humbly asked for LoanStar’s help to cover the difference, which the company was happy to oblige.
“Because we provide so much more than just shelter in the home through trauma counseling, training for our staff, and 24-hour accessibility – our budget is often very tight,” Rayburn said. “This grant allows us to bring our computer system into the current century, without having to cut back on the care we provide for our girls.”
Rayburn says the new computer systems will cost Girls’ Haven approximately $6,300. The $5,000 grant from Loan Star – in addition to the $980 originally raised –
will allow the shelter to replace its computers with little impact to the shelter’s annual budget.
“When I told the upper-management at LoanStar about the situation with Girls’ Haven they said, ‘We can do that,’ without hesitation,” Stevens explained. “I was so exited and almost in tears with joy. It is incredibly exciting to be part of LoanStar community-outreach efforts because I get to be apart of meaningful conversations and important local programs.”
“We are extremely grateful for the generosity of LoanStar Title Loans,” Rayburn said. “They give back to every community they serve and truly ensure that their fellow man – and young women – are okay and taken care of.”