Hibiscus Children’s Center Holds Ribbon Cutting for New Emergency Shelter

Local supporters and community leaders joined Hibiscus Children's Center at our Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.

Port St. Lucie  – Hibiscus Children’s Center held a ribbon cutting ceremony to announce the opening of its newest program, Sanctuary4Kids Emergency Shelter in Port St. Lucie.   Local leaders and community supporters helped celebrate the opening of this special home that will provide a safe haven to abused, abandoned and neglected children that need a temporary “soft landing” after being removed from an abusive home.  This beautiful home was generously donated by the Guardians for New Futures and the campaign to build the home was led by Board President and child advocate, Debbie Butler. 

The three-bedroom home can serve six children at a time, ages birth to 17 years.   The many toys, books, games, encouraging quotes, large stuffed animals, and soft pillows throughout the home create a feeling of warmth and welcomes children of all ages.  One of the closets if filled to capacity of hand-quilted blankets for the children and a large toy chest is filled with soft stuffed animals so that every child will have their very own to keep. 

Hibiscus Children’s Center CEO, Paul Sexton, welcomed the guests and expressed heartfelt gratitude to Debbie Butler, the Guardians for New Futures and all the volunteers and supporters who have made this wonderful project a reality.  He stated, “Children are traumatized when they are removed from their homes, regardless how well each person involved does their job.  This welcoming home will help to minimize the trauma experienced by abused children and help them feel that they are cared for and safe”. 

Mayor Greg Oravec shared a few words before helping us “cut the ribbon”.  Hibiscus is grateful to Mayor Oravec for his support, as well as the support of Chief of Police John Bolduc, and Assistant Chief of Police, Richard Del Toro, Jr., who were also in attendance.   Thank you to Terissa Aronson, President/CEO of the St. Lucie County Chamber, for coordinating our official ribbon cutting ceremony.   

If you would like more information about the Hibiscus Children’s Center Sanctuary4Kids Shelter, find out how you can volunteer or get involved, please contact us at (772) 340-5750 or visit us at:  HibiscusChildrensCenter.org.