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Butterfly Haven, Inc.

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Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Family Services, Human Services

Mission: Butterfly Haven’s mission is to enrich the lives of children impacted by Foster Care and crisis situations. #MakingMomentsMatter

Results: Butterfly Haven has been able to provide resources of beds, bedding, furniture, clothing, baby gear, health and hygiene items, diapering supplies, food boxes, meals and much more for children and families impacted by Foster Care and crisis situations. Butterfly Haven has also helped celebrate many birthdays for children impacted by Foster Care.

Target demographics: Children & Families Impacted by Foster Care and Families in Crisis Situations. #MakingMomentsMatter

Geographic areas served: Overland, Missouri serving all St. Louis Metro & surrounding areas

Programs: Butterfly Haven is focused on positively impacting the lives of children in the foster care system and children in crisis. Butterfly Haven assists in easing the transition that children in the foster care go through as their life is turned upside down and they find themselves in someone else's home. A care bag is given to the children, and more important than what is inside is that this backpack, duffel bag, or suitcase is theirs and will always be theirs. It provides a constant in a world that suddenly feels very fluid to the child. Butterfly Haven provides items such as clothes, toys, or other specialized items so that the foster parents can focus on the child instead of scrambling to find affordable items.

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35 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been a foster home for almost 10 years now. I joined the butterfly haven community only a few months ago after hearing about them from a friend who has been helped by them. About a month ago I took in an infant foster placement (after about 5 yrs of not having a baby in my home so I was basically starting over). Butterfly Haven went above and beyond helping me to get everything I needed (and more) in such a short amount of time. They were so much help and are truly awesome n very caring!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Butterfly Haven is truly a blessing to my family. Thank you.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Wonderful. Love the crib! Felt so welcome!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Butterfly Haven goes above and beyond to support foster families and families in need. They are endlessly giving their time and resources to better the lives of these familes and children. Such an incredible organization!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Butterfly Haven helps foster parents and foster children in the community by supplying furniture, clothing, school supplies, and many other necessities. They host birthday and Christmas parties for the families. They provide respite care. This agency works tirelessly to support the families and the children.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Butterfly Haven provides a sense of community for our family. The fostering journey can be very trying, situations are difficult to understand & work through on your own, and it can be a very lonely time. It is refreshing to know that this organization is here and that they and other families who will come alongside you and encourage you to make it through the tough days and to keep going.

The emergency meal program for foster families, the diapers/wipes/formula/strollers/car seats/beds/dressers that are provided when sibling groups are needing placed and we need to be able to accommodate them on short notice is incredible. Maria is always willing to meet at short notice to help find things to make our journey easier. She is very responsive to our emails and calls.

The events and potlucks are a blessing. We enjoy the time with other foster families and the kids LOVE it!

Pam is always so friendly and encouraging and our kids love Santa Jerry.

Thanks Butterfly Haven for filling a void in the fostering community that we desperately need.

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ButterflyHavenInc. 05/02/2019

Thank you so much for taking time to let us know how we are doing! We are so glad our work is making a positive impact in your family.

Donor

Rating: 5

They have a love for helping Foster children and families with the needed supplies and information to make a smoother transaction in the system. No one does it better!

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ButterflyHavenInc. 05/02/2019

Thank you so much for taking time to share your experience with Butterfly Haven.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Butterfly Haven is a great organization with a huge heart for children placed in foster care, and for the foster families that care of them. Maria, the founder, works tirelessly to get resources to the people who really need it. Butterfly Haven puts on fantastic events like birthday parties and Christmas parties. It also has a resource room where families with new placements can get clothing, furniture, health and beauty supplies, and diapers. Basically, if you need it, BH has it.

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ButterflyHavenInc. 05/02/2019

Thank you so much for taking time to let our Community know about the work we are doing!

Lindsey S.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Butterfly Haven is an amazing resource for foster families as well as families in crisis situations. Not only do they have a shop where foster parents, and the community on certain days, can shop for FREE but they also provide resources such as respite! Maria and the team are excellen!!!

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ButterflyHavenInc. 05/02/2019

Thank you so much for sharing your experience!

Client Served

Rating: 5

This group of volunteers helps make the world to be a better place. They make sure to have hours of availability to help foster families and families in crisis. They helped my family when our family grew over night. They helped to provide the essentials like clothes, pjs, and personal care items for our new members. It makes the adjustment easier when you have a community to assist you.

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ButterflyHavenInc. 05/02/2019

Thank you so much for helping make the world of fostering a better place! It takes all of us together!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I received my first foster child and I was told about Butterfly Haven. I found my forever family and community of friends. They have helped with diaper and clothes for our little girl and also helped with questions and support when I was having a tough time with my foster son. They have encouraged and lifted me up when I was down. They are wonderful volunteers who help all foster families and families in crisis.

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ButterflyHavenInc. 05/02/2019

Thank you for sharing your experience!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Butterfly Haven has put together so many wonderful experiences for my children. Between the amazing birthday parties they've thrown, fun holiday parties and awesome adventures we've gotten to participate in I couldn't ask for a better resource. Something that makes Butterfly Haven so unique is that all my kids can participate, they don't limit their resources to "only foster children" as I've seen so many organizations do. All of my kids feel included which really helps us maintain our "one big family" mentality. We are also able to obtain diapers, clothing and toys through their resource room, all at no cost to us. This really helps us stretch our dollars so we can make sure the kids don't go without.

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ButterflyHavenInc. 05/02/2019

Thank you for taking time to share your experience with Butterfly Haven!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Butterfly Haven is constantly there when I need help. The newest baby in our home needs items constantly as he grows to help him reach milestones. Bottles, bouncy seats, onsies, toys to grasp and soon cereal. Butterfly Haven is always there to offer a helping hand and Maria is always there with a listening ear. I would struggle so much more as a foster parent without the help and suppport of Butterfly Haven as well as the community that rallies around us.

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ButterflyHavenInc. 07/11/2018

Thank you for volunteering! We love having you as a part of the team!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our family loves the birthday parties from Butterfly Haven! The staff and volunteers are always so kind and really care about our families. The kids love the gifts and getting to play with other families like ours. It is very relaxed.

We are not just a number. They know our name and check on us to see how we are doing.

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ButterflyHavenInc. 07/11/2018

Thank you so much! We love all the different birthday parties - from WRTS to potluck style. What a great way to celebrate with our families!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

They truly care about the families they serve. They are always willing to try to help even if the resource is not at the office. Our family is thankful for the parties and events, as well as the diapers, beds and clothing.

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ButterflyHavenInc. 07/11/2018

Thank you for your feedback! We love having birthdays with our kids and families.

Laura Breitenstein T.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our family started fostering children a year ago. We found this community of other foster families open and willing to help with our questions small request of needs. They have become part of our family. The love and support they show is amazing. Our family has been blessed with clothes; shoes, toys, food and diapers/wipes.

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ButterflyHavenInc. 07/11/2018

Thank you for allowing Butterfly Haven to serve you!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love the encouragement and support that Butterfly Haven gives foster parents. It helps knowing I am not the only one facing the challenges that children with trauma can bring.

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ButterflyHavenInc. 07/11/2018

Thank you for your feedback!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Our family was in St. Louis for a medical emergency and came with nothing. This place helped us with clothing, shoes, toys, bedding and even a bassinet . They were very nice.

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ButterflyHavenInc. 07/11/2018

Thank you for your feedback!

Traci S.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We are a newer foster home, we have been foster parents for a little over 2 yrs now, I remember when we first got started we took a placement of 3 young girls who had very little clothes when they came to us. We were told about Butterfly Haven, we went in to the office, we were able to get all the clothes out girls needed and we were not asked to pay a dime. When we struggling the team at Butterfly Haven was right there to help us stay on our feet. Anything we have ever needed they have had. This is a great organization that does great work in the community.
Thank you for everything you do for us foster families, it means the world to us.

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ButterflyHavenInc. 07/11/2018

Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your journey!

1 Regina M.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

When we began our journey as foster parents, we didn’t know anyone that could serve as a mentor or sounding board as we struggled to learn how to navigate the fostering world. When we discovered Butterfly Haven, we knew we found an amazing organization that could provide us so many necessary resources - clothes, a car seat, a stroller, toys, and most importantly - people who have “been there, done that” to help us understand processes, advocate for the kids in our care, speak up to get what we need, and provide a place to hear that we are not alone. BH is a unique organization that fills so many needs for families - foster, adoptive, and biological.

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ButterflyHavenInc. 07/11/2018

Thank you for allowing us to serve you!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Butterfly Haven and especially Maria have been extremely helpful to me, my family, and especially my emergency placed foster grandson!! I didn’t have anything setup for him at the time, so Maria and her volunteers were helpful in me gaining clothes, playpen, toys, food, and etc. for the little guy!! They are extremely friendly and helpful!! Thank you!!

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ButterflyHavenInc. 07/11/2018

Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your journey!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Butterfly Haven is an amazing non-profit organization!! They provide a free Shoppe for foster parents and crisis families. The Shoppe has clothing, baby items, toys, strollers, beds, bedding, shoes, household items, non-perishable food items from their "What's in Your Hands" pantry plus many more items. They are totally staffed by volunteers. They also provide respite care days for foster families along with major events for Christmas, Easter and other major events. They receive no major funding from any large groups. They receive donations from various small groups and through various fundraisers. Maria Larson who founded Butterfly Haven is herself a single mom, a foster mom, she maintains a full-time job and works at Butterfly Haven as well. She is an amazing individual who truly cares for others!

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ButterflyHavenInc. 07/11/2018

Thank you for your kind words!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Butterfly Haven has been so helpful in helping our family when we needed it. The volunteers are so friendly and the store is clean and organized. They provided food and diapers when we could not afford it. They make us feel like family and we love coming there.

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ButterflyHavenInc. 07/11/2018

Thank you for taking time to let us know how we are doing!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Butterfly Haven has been so helpful to us as foster parents -- the respite days, the clothes, the networking -- it's made such a difference in helping us care for kids in need.

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ButterflyHavenInc. 07/11/2018

Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your journey!