Hibiscus Children’s Center Celebrates 35 Years of Saving Children


Over three decades later, more than 3,000 abused, abandoned and neglected children have received safe haven at the Tilton Family Children’s Shelter in Jensen Beach and Hibiscus Village in Vero Beach, which opened in 2004.   Our children arrive at Hibiscus Children’s Center scared and traumatized. For 35 years, they have been welcomed by caring staff and volunteers and have received over 375,000 safe nights, mental health, educational and medical services, trauma-informed care, career training and hope for a brighter future.   Just ask Chloe Henry, a former youth who lived at the Shelter in 1997.  “When I was first removed, I did not want to be there at the Shelter.  I just chose to see the bad in everything.  I was angry, scared and overwhelmed and made bad choices. I didn’t trust anyone.  But, after a little while, it started sinking in that the staff and volunteers were good and cared about me.  I knew this was a safe place and that they loved me – they never gave up on me no matter what I did or said to them.  I wish I could go back in time and say thank you to the staff and volunteers for never giving up on me”.   Hibiscus has served thousands of children like Chloe who were traumatized but found a safe haven that continues today to promote growth, foster learning, create a sanctuary culture, facilitate healing and provide the resources and skills for successful transition into adulthood.   

Hibiscus is deeply grateful to our supporters, staff and volunteers for their dedication and meaningful partnerships in the fight against abuse. The Treasure Coast community has been a vital part of our 35-years of service and each and every supporter is deeply appreciated. The Martin County (1992) and Indian River County (1997) Guilds have been the driving forces behind Hibiscus’ fundraising activities and have collectively raised almost $20 million. These dynamic volunteers spend their time creating, planning and executing some of the best events across the Treasure Coast to benefit our children. Our generous supporters enable us to continue providing crucial services to over 200 children annually at our Shelter and Village, Community Mental Health services to over 850 annually, specialized treatment to children affected by sexual abuse and human trafficking, career preparation through Career Pathways Program with graphic design and culinary education components to 80 youth annually, and prevention services to almost 1,000 children and families annually through Supporting Families in Crisis and SafeCare Programs.

We would love the opportunity to share more of our amazing 35 year journey with you. Your support is always needed to help us continue providing critical services to our children.  Please visit us at or contact Michelle King, Chief Development Officer, at (cell) 561-452-5791.

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