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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 in foster 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 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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24 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We were able to get clothing resources as well as development toys to helpour foster daughter. We also found the staff to be wonderful and helpful. They are open minded and open hearted to help with questions we have along our journey with our foster daughter.

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ButterflyHavenInc. We are so happy to be a part of your journey and to be able to help in a small way!

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.

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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ButterflyHavenInc. 07/11/2018

Thank you for allowing Butterfly Haven to serve you!

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!

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.

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 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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Since early 2015 when I became a foster parent Butterfly Haven has been helping me gather resources that the kids in my care need. Butterfly Haven has helped me obtain clothing, food to stretch my budget, toys for each child that is in my care. On top of all that Butterfly Haven also throws several events during the year to help out with school supplies, and holiday celebrations complete with presents for my kids and Santa to take pictures with! I feel Butterfly Haven goes above and Beyond because Maria (the President) truely cares about my family and my well-being. She has put together a wonderful networking group that has aided me in making friends with other foster parents and establishing play groups for the child currently in my home. It would be really hard to not have burned out as a foster parent already without Maria and the Butterfly Haven network cheering me along.

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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!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Maria has always been very helpful. Her store and donations have made an impact on our family as we continue to foster children. Thank you, Alicia and jess

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ButterflyHavenInc. 07/11/2018

Thank you for your kind words! Butterfly Haven loves our families.

1 Amy T.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Great organization! I have volunteered a few times on different occasions,great ladies running everything! They have also been helpful for items I needed for my foster daughter!

Thank you!

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ButterflyHavenInc. 07/11/2018

Thanks for volunteering with us Amy!!

1 Dawn160

Client Served

Rating: 5

Where do I start? As a single woman that is a foster mother, I sometimes need a sounding board... I sometimes needed some clothing items for children in my care, or I could share with other foster parents items I no longer needed- Butterfly Haven was and is there for us! Who better to know what we need than other foster parents that are in the same boat! Thanks BH

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ButterflyHavenInc. 07/11/2018

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

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As a foster parent, this group has been a helpful resource. From clothing, to toys, to a helpful dialogue with other foster parents that maybe need to vent to learn from others-this is a great group!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Butterfly Haven is an awesome non-profit who assist foster and crisis families. They have a Shoppe that allows foster parents and crisis families to shop for all sorts of items from clothing, furniture, bedding, toys, shoes, food at no charge. Butterfly Haven also provides respite care for foster families. Butterfly Haven provides events such as birthday parties, Christmas parties with gifts & a genuine Santa for foster kids, Easter events, back to school events. This is an amazingly awesome group!!

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ButterflyHavenInc. 07/11/2018

Thank you for volunteering with us!

1 Chereen H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Butterfly Haven does wonderful things for children in foster care and for the parents taking care of the children. They will help you find answers to questions give clothes and toys to the kids and just be there for support.

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ButterflyHavenInc. 07/11/2018

Thank you for your feedback :)

1 Donna264

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Butterfly Haven is always there for foster familes and families in crisis. We love to donote , volunteer , and shop . Not only do you get the pleasure of interacting with other families and get the support you may need for your situation but you get to share your blessings with others . Loving Maria and what God has chosen her to do

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ButterflyHavenInc. 07/11/2018

Thank you for being a part of what we do!