Elevate Hope Foundation (EHF) is dedicated to providing abused and abandoned children an alternative method of therapy through music and the arts, and funding special services and programs that assist the needs of these children using these fundamental methods.
Co-founded in 2001 by entertainer Sheila E. and business manager, Lynn Mabry, EHF supports existing programs of their beneficiaries through monetary funding and in-kind donations e.g. musical instruments, art supplies, and work stations complete with computers, keyboards and applicable instructional software.
Over 65 percent of our grant dollars will be invested at the local community level. Outside financial support fills a viable niche in light of more conservative funding offered by the federal government.
Foster care systems and outreach programs alike share the urgent demand for funding and unite in this strong commitment to serve the needs of disadvantaged children.
Watch Video of Sheila E. & Lynn Mabry introducing the Songwriter's Symposium to students from Vista Del Mar
An estimated 794,000 children across the country were victims of abuse or neglect in 2007, according to national data released in 2009 by the Children's Bureau of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Child protective service agencies received an estimated 3.2 million referrals, involving the alleged maltreatment of approximately 5.8 million children.
The statistics indicate about 10.6 out of every 1,000 children were victims of abuse or neglect.
About 1,760 children died of abuse or neglect. More than three-quarters (75.7 percent) of children who died were younger than 4 years old; 12.9 percent were 4 to 7 years old; 4.7 percent were 8 to 11 years old; and 6.5 percent were 12 to 17 years old.
Children in the age group of birth to 1 year had the highest rate of victimization at 21.9 per 1,000 children. More than one half of the victims were 7 years old or younger. Girls were slightly more likely to be victims than boys.
EHF desires to offer essential funding needed to support community centers, programs, and services that directly assist neglected, sexually and physically abused, and abandoned children throughout, while creating the Compassion Care Center Of The Arts (CCCA) that will assist Wards Of The State through music and the arts.
Statistics from: Child Maltreatment 2007