PNW Connection

Back to Blog
Blog Teaser Image

Our Giving Tree Partner: The Story of Childhaven


It’s the holiday season and who doesn’t love an inspiring story this time of year as a reminder of all we have to be grateful for? Ivar’s teamed up with nonprofit Childhaven once again this holiday season to bring everything from basic family necessities, to toys to kids in need, through our annual Giving Tree program. As a Seattle-based organization that has made an impact in the community for 110 years, Childhaven’s mission is to partner with children and their parents to strengthen families, prevent childhood trauma and its damaging effects, and prepare them for a lifetime of well-being. Now, that’s something we can all get behind!

So, how does Childhaven achieve its mission? This amazing organization offers early learning, early intervention and outpatient mental health services to children and their families in the King County area. It believes in collaborating with the families it serves to ensure outcomes that are not only positive, but that are individualized and culturally relevant.

To show just what Childhaven does, here’s just one recent success story they shared with us:

Meet Matt:

Matt when he entered the Childhaven infant room

Matt was referred to Childhaven when he was a baby and he joined one of our infant classrooms. Childhaven’s infant room teachers are trained to provide therapeutic care and build strong attachments with the babies, providing comfort, basic needs, and security. They also work with each child to ensure they are developmentally on track. Trauma and toxic stress can delay typical development, but when a baby feels safe and secure, they can grow and thrive!

As Matt progressed to the toddler room, a lot was changing in his life, including being adopted by his forever family. Sharing, taking turns, and using words to express feelings can be a common struggle for two-year-olds, and can be even more challenging when they have experienced a lot of adversity. With the help of his Childhaven teachers and his new parents, Matt learned to regulate his emotions and build friendships, critical skills that serve as the foundation for all later learning. 

Matt during his time in Childhaven’s toddler room

When Matt was three, he and his family moved to upstate New York. Childhaven recently received the news that not only had Matt graduated from a “high academic STEM school,” but he’d also been accepted to college in an Honors Program! His parents sent this note: “We want to thank Childhaven for helping Matt get an excellent start in life. He has come a long way from the boy who attended Childhaven.” 

Matt at his high school graduation

Because of incredible supporters like YOU, children like Matt can find success and build strong futures. 

Childhaven needs your help to serve more children like Matt! 

Due to the generous gifts and donations provided by the incredible individuals, businesses and foundations in our community, children like Matt can find success and build strong futures.

Through Childhaven, Matt found the support he needed during the early years of his development, which in turn helped guide him into the successful man he is today.

Looking for a way to get involved and give back to the community? Ivar’s Giving Tree is the perfect opportunity to give a present to a child in need! Stop by a participating Ivar’s or Kidd Valley location, select a wish tag from the Giving Tree, purchase the gift then return it unwrapped to the same location by Monday, Dec 16.