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The staff of Hope Haven, the island's Children's Home and Empowerment Center was recognized on Friday, May 19th, during a lunch held at Las Terrazas Resort by Mayor Gualberto 'Wally' Nu�ez. The event was also considered a Mother's Day treat in appreciation for their dedication to the children and other islanders benefiting from their services. The hard-working women were also presented gift certificates for a 60-minute therapeutic massage at the resort's Serenity Spa. A total of ten staff members from Hope Haven headed to the resort located north of San Pedro Town before midday. Upon arriving, they were welcomed and accommodated around a dining table next to the swimming pool. Minutes later, Mayor Nu�ez joined them. While lunch was prepared, the Mayor addressed the Hope Haven team, praising them for their hard work throughout the years. He thanked them, committed to supporting their projects, and wished them the best in their future endeavours.

Afterward, the Mayor handed them the gift certificates for their massage. Hope Haven's Director of Operations, Kristina Romero, thanked the Mayor and Las Terrazas on behalf of her team for the hospitality and lunch. Hope Haven, located on Lion Street in downtown San Pedro has been offering services since their opening in November 2017. The community center under the non-governmental organization Raise Me Up was made possible through the collective efforts of founder Brittney O'Daniel, donors, and the San Pedro Lions Club, who provided the space in a building that was the island's first clinic and then operated as a bar for years. The bar was closed after the donation, and the building was renovated into a children's home and community center. With the help of other donors and volunteers, the project was completed, and today the center continues to provide shelter for exploited women and children of San Pedro.

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