Argus Group brings festive cheer to Teen Haven
The Argus Group has decked the halls of Teen Haven to ring in the holiday season and give to those adversely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The company said a luncheon celebration at Teen Haven included decorations, and gifts for each resident, as well as a monetary donation.
The event was sponsored by The Argus Group, a donation that was further boosted by a cash contribution from the insurance company’s donations committee and staff. The total spend was more than $10,000, the company said.
Teen Haven provides comprehensive services for homeless teen mothers, young women and their children, including housing, counselling and life skills and parenting training, Argus said.
Michelle Wade, the charity’s executive director, said: “This year, the Covid-19 pandemic severely impacted both the organisation and our clients. During ‘shelter in place’, the agency experienced an increase in food consumption, electricity, basic needs for clients and various other resources, causing an increase in operating expenses.
“Secondly, all of the residents lost their jobs and, as a result, had to totally depend on the agency’s support system, as well as other helping services in the community.
“Teen Haven is cognizant that Christmas is supposed to be joyous, family oriented, filled with love and memorable. However, it must be stated that, based on the Covid-19 experience, the organisation questioned whether or not they could fulfil this annual Christmas commitment to their residents.
“We are truly appreciative and grateful to Argus for their interest, support and partnership during this festive season.”
Phil Davis, Argus’ head of marketing and digital engagement, said: “The holiday season is about togetherness, and this year it is more important than ever to find ways to connect. It is without question that many of Bermuda’s charities are overburdened.
“As 2020 comes to a close, and with it our 70th anniversary celebration, we want to punctuate our message ‘Our Future is You’ by continuing to invest in the interests of the next generation.
“We are honoured to be able to do our part in creating a joyful experience for the families of Teen Haven.”
Zena Francis, senior caseworker at Teen Haven, said: “We are thankful that they chose Teen Haven, as we could not have accomplished our goal at this level, without their contribution.
“The board, staff and residents are humbled that Argus chose to join forces with Teen Haven and invest in Bermuda’s most vulnerable population – single mothers and their children.”
She added: “The organisation is truly thankful for all the cash donations and goods in kind from all sponsors and individuals in the community, which allowed the agency to survive these dubious times.”